Ghayat al Murad Tajweed Course

A Rare and Unique Opportunity to Master Tajweed with Sheikh Asfandyar

Fluent Arabic is extremely pleased to bring you yet another unique learning opportunity in the month of March, 2021. We will be teaching the book Ghayat Al Mureed fi ‘Ilm Al Tajweed – A comprehensive text in the Qira’ah of Hafs ‘An ‘Asim.

This is a rare opportunity for learners who have a basic level of mastery in Tajweed to correct the mistakes in their recitation and to take their recitation of the Quran to an advanced level.

Recitation of Surah Yaseen by the Sheikh

About the Tutor

Sheikh Qari Muhammar Asfadyar Dilawar learned the 10 Qira’at and tafsir at the Madinah Univesity in Saudi Arabia. He is currently a lecturer and deputy director of the IQRA program at the International Islamic University of Malaysia. He is a well known Qari and Imam, and is known for his recitation and mastery of the Qur’an al Kareem.

Course Curriculum

We will be focusing on the following essential parts of Tajweed. Please note that this course is designed to master the theory, as well as to master its application. Therefore amply time is included for practice.

A brief introduction to the science of tajweed and its importance.

We will learn and practice the various rules of the Nun As Sakinah like Idhaar, Idghaam, Iqlaab and Ikhfaa’

We will practice the rules of the Meem As Sakinah like Ikhfaa’, Idhgaam, and Idhaar for the same.

We will learn about the various types of madd, their length and how to apply them.

Guidance on how to keep improving your recitation.

Class Details

Start Date: 13 March, 2021

Course Duration: 3 Months

Time and Days: 10 am – 11 am GMT (Sat and Sun)

Classes Conducted via Zoom

Timings might vary slightly for Ramadan. However, recordings will be provided in case you are unable to attend.

Tajweed with Sheikh Asfandyar

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$ 99 One-time Payment
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How Long Does it Take to Learn Arabic?

I’ll try to answer an age old question that I get asked all the time. How long does it take to learn Arabic?

Instead of relying on guesswork, I’ll base my answer on research and studies carried out in order to determine this.

First of all, when we say learn Arabic what do we mean? Because, the answer to our question greatly depends on the level of Arabic we are looking to reach.

The FSI Rating Scale

The FSI Absolute Language Proficiency rating is a pretty useful tool to determine the levels of language mastery. The person to be rated is interviewed by one or more trained testers, who are always native speakers. They converse with him for ten to twenty minutes, testing in mastery in pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. They then pool their judgements and assign him a rating between 1 and 5.

  1. Elementary proficiency: The person is able to satisfy basic travel needs and minimum courtesy requirements.
  2. Limited working proficiency: The person is able to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements.
  3. Minimum professional proficiency: The person can speak the language with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, and profession topics.
  4. Full professional proficiency: The person uses the language fluently and accurately on all levels normally pertinent to professional needs.
  5. Native or bilingual proficiency: The person has speaking proficiency equivalent to that of an educated native speaker

Study time for each level

Here are the estimates that the FSI gives for hard languages (which includes Arabic). Keep in mind that they classify Arabic as a hard language with respect to native English speakers. If you speak urdu for example which is much closer to Arabic, you will be able to reach these goals much quicker.

Source: How to learn a foreign language by Dr Paul Pimsleur

So to put things into perspective, say if you spend 2 hours a day for Arabic (this is the total time you spend for the language and can include activities like reviewing grammar, practicing with a native speaker / tutor, listening to the language, reviewing vocabulary etc) you can achieve level 2-2+ in just 6 months. With respect to learning classical Arabic, I would say that this level would mean being able to read the Quran and classical works, and starting to understanding a good deal of it, with the occational help of a dictionary.

2 hours might seem to be a lot, but this can include listening to Arabic content in your car while you commute or have lunch. This can include spending time with a person who speaks the language (listening and talking to him).

Also, if you are not in a hurry, or have very limited free time, you can work towards the same goal at a much more relaxed pace. Just remember to have your goals in clearly written out, and to make a system, and stick to it.

The Poems of Imru’al-Qays

Imru al-qays

Imru’ al-Qays, was known as the wandering king, because he spent his life seeking revenge, and the re-establishment of his father’s lost kingdom. He is sometimes referred to as the father of Arabic poetry, because he established many of the conventions and themes in Arabic poetry – which the poets after him followed.

However, he wasn’t always concerned about power and vengeance. He spent his youth as a ‘playboy’, chasing women and drinking.

What made him special is his way with words. He puts his experiences, emotions and pain into his mesmerizing poetry.

The Poem of Ilbiri – On Leading a Purposeful Life – Part 2

Abu Isḥāq al-Ilbīrī al-Tujībī (d. 459 AH / 1067 CE) is said to have written this poem in response to a young man who had insulted him. Instead of replying in kind, which was the custom of poets, he decided to respond by providing the young man advice that would benefit him in this life and the next. This is part 2 of the explanation and commentary on this poem which will hopefully help you appreciate it even more insha’Allah.

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