That’s when I heard about the International Islamic University of Malaysia. Alhamdulillah, I applied and was accepted. However, now I had to learn Arabic! I had to go from knowing almost no Arabic; except for a few words and a bit of basic grammar, to taking classes, writing papers, giving presentations, and taking exams all exclusively in Arabic. To be honest, at that point I didn’t think that I could do it, but I guess that’s how all journeys start.
The Arabic Programme:
The Arabic Programme they put us in was helpful. It gave us basic grammar lessons, vocabulary and most importantly a structured study schedule.
What benefited me most outside of the Arabic Programme:
I made friends from all over the world who were going through similar struggles to me. Some were struggling to learn Arabic while others were struggling to learn English. We made a pact to assist each other and mutually benefit from each other.
I think it is important for a beginner to create an environment where you are surrounded by Arabic even if that means you have to create one artificially. For this, you can use websites that allow you to practice with native speakers, listen and watch things in Arabic, teach your kids Arabic and do everything you can to make sure you are immersed in the language. If you do that, then إن شاء الله you will be surprised how fast you will learn.
What I was able to achieve
My journey hasn’t stopped, and I learn something new about this beautiful language every day.
If I could do it, so can you!
Learning Arabic has changed my life. If you want to see the true beauty and power of the Quran, you need to read it in Arabic. The deeper you learn Arabic, the more you tend to appreciate the beauty of the Quran. This is something you need to experience for yourself. The same goes for other Islamic texts, you never really grasp the meaning unless you learn it in Arabic.
Moreover, Arabic is a fascinating language from a linguistic perspective. Taking all this into consideration, I wanted to create a top-notch English resource for engaging content, guides, resources, tips and information on learning Arabic.
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