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  1. Is there a specific website or something that you would recommend in order to learn arabic?
    I want to learn bit I dont know how to or which websites to go to.

    • Aslamalkaium sister Safura

      A particular website that extremely continues to help me with my Arabic studies is lqtoronto.com – the book that this website focuses to teach its viewers is the well known Madinah Books – I extremely recommend these set of books and this website

      Wish you all the best in your Arabic studies!

    • Assalamualaykum, I teach Fusha/ MSA ( Modern Standard Arabic/) online. Lessons are delivered through skype using screen sharing technology. By learning MSA you are able to communicate all Arabs( as MSA is understood in Arab countries) read news papers , magazines etc . You can also understand news and other programs on Tv . I also teach classical Arabic which enables you to understand The Holy Quran ,Hadis (sayings of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and other classical texts. .I give my students complete understanding of Arabic grammar (words formation ,verbs conjugations , pronouns ,sentence formation and how vowel variations at the end of words change their meanings, etc) so that they are able to speak and write correctly.I make them capable of using Arabic dictionary which is one of the difficult aspect of learning Arabic. So, I can help you learn Arabic, reading Quran with tajweed, understanding Quran, and other Islamic knowledges. My fee is 12$/hour. Jazakumullah Shoaib Muhammad
      contact info: emial shoaib_mh(at) yahoo.com
      Skype: shoaiib_mh

    • Assalam alaykum Safura

      JazakAllah khair for reading and taking the time to comment. Alhamdulilah, glad you have found the post useful.

      A website that I have found fun and easy to use is: http://www.madinaharabic.com/
      Also, a Google search for ‘learn Arabic online’ provides many websites which enable you to study online for free.

      You do not mention what level you are currently at, however if you are a beginner the ‘Gateway to Arabic’ books are a fantastic way to get started. They appear tobe available to buy online and also in Islamic bookshops.

      InshaAllah this will help you to get started!

    • Assalam alaykum

      JazakAllah khair for pointing out this mistake. Unfortunately sometimes these mistakes pass through the editing process unnoticed. Apologies for the mistake.

  2. Salaam. Thank you for sharing these useful tips.
    Just a small note on point three of the ‘how to’ guide: the first word of revelation was iqra, not qul.
    Thanks again.

  3. Very good article. Just one correction in (3), the first word was Iqra not Qul. I’m sure that’s a slip up since you’ve written the translation correct.

  4. First of all, thank you very much for Productive Muslim’s hard work and thoughtful articles.

    Secondly, I wanted to point out a typographical error I’ve noticed, I presume the author meant to write “Iqraa” instead of “Qul”, referring to the Quranic verse found in (Surat Al-`Alaq (96), aya 1) http://quran.com/96/1 , the first word, اقرأ, is not pronounced as “Qul”.

    I am referring to the text provided in the 3rd point in the “A’How to’ guide for learning Arabic” section, namely “Read the Qur’an regularly – remember the first word of Revelation was: Qul (recite). ”

    Thanks again for your time and efforts dedicated in this site, it’s truly appreciated.

  5. as salaam alaikum,
    Arabic is not only beautiful but also easy to learn. if we find a good guide. in form of books,courses or teacher.

    i would like to suggest a few ways:
    1. self-study using dictionary and fun with grammar, daily words..such books.
    2. structured study –
    a] joining free madinah course online
    b] islamiconlineuniversity.com – it offers arabic as one of its subjects [taught wonderfully]
    c] livemocha.com – you can learn any language at this website
    3. a teacher at help –
    a] near by masjid – just ask a helping hand, you’ll knw there are people to help
    b] a language tutor in the city
    c] a friend who knows arabic
    d] evening classes must be there in your city, please search..or try pooling together setting up an arabic learning institute-with a qualified teacher or imam or ustada.
    4. join a college –
    you can think of learning arabic by joining universities that offer arabic courses
    colleges in kingdom of saudi arabia, offers 2 year arabic learning course to foreigners for free with hostel stay too.[if your female,you’ll need mahram excpt for princess noura college as far as i knw] please search about if you thinking of learning from the native land.

    hope this benefits.
    as salaam alaikum

    • I’d like to second the thanks above. JazakumAllah khair for correcting the mistake. Much appreciated.

  6. Alhamdulillah……Allah gave me the Taufeeq to do exactly what sis Sadia is speaking about and I run an online study circle for sisters….as a matter of fact I’m just out of an Arabic lang class right now….Alhamdulillah!

  7. I also wish to say that it is really inspiring and uplifting to see the article being read with such enthusiasm. InshaAllah I wish you all the best with your Arabic studies. May Allah make our efforts easy so that we can work towards the knowledge we seek.

  8. Assalam alai kum,

    if the intention of learning Arabic is to understand the Quran, then i sincerely advise sisters (specially) to enroll for the Al Huda Quran courses. they teach tafseer( quranic commentary) plus the translation and grammar of Arabic. their sets of word to word English Quran is available free on their website. they ask the students to memorize the word to word and though initially it does seem mind boggling :) but very soon, one gets the hang of it and the commonly used words are memorized and the task becomes much easier.and they explain the meaning behind the words in their tafseer lectures, thus making us understand the arabic vocabulary even more. and if u can join Br Nouman Ali khan;s Arabic with Husna on Bayyinah Tv, then i personally think it is a great combination.. as they both use the Quran as a teaching tool. so whatever u do, you Read and Understand Quran at the same time you learn arabic. infact a 6 year old is also learning arabic and quran in this manner and really enjoys the Quran reading sessions as she can pick out the words whose meaning she knows.
    hope it helps :)

    • Assalam alaykum

      Really great to hear a 6 year old is learning Arabic! MashaAllah. Starting early is really beneficial inshaAllah.

  9. although Arabic is not our mother-tounge language, but with Allah “rahmah” gaves us arabic “spiritual soul”…we still have tears while reciting Quran and still have emotion while dua in Arabic but pls Arabs don’t speak “ammiah” (not proper Arabic)…appreciate who you are that Allah grace you with your own beautiful language….speak “fusha” pls…

    • JazakAllah khair for the comment.

      Indeed, Arabic does not discriminate against mother tongue speakers or not. Allah’s words speak directly to our heart through Arabic. SubhanAllah.

  10. assalamu alaykum, Studying online with a teacher has greatly helped me learn arabic along with providing consistency and accountability for me. I learn with http://www.iicarabicquran.com I would highly recommend them because they have a very good curriculum and are very familiar with teaching arabic to foreigners. As a mom with 3 kids, this website was a God send. Now my children and I study there and are understanding the Qur’an more and more each day, alhamdulilaah!

    • Walaykum assalam.

      Thanks for your comment. I think your comment on accountability is so true. As with other PM articles, when you have to answer to someone or make deadlines for yourself, it is amazing how productive you can become!

      It is great to have recommendations for classes that have worked for people. Especially as it can be difficult to determine which courses are worthwhile from the internet alone.

      All the best for your studies.

  11. It is a good article. Thank u. Im willing to share my arabic-into-english translation abilities with fellow female muslims from non -arabic speaking countries to help build the nation of islam. Can you, productive muslim, help with this?

    • JazakiAllah khair for offering to help., Sr. Aya! If you can also translate from English to Arabic, perhaps you could contact our Arabic Team (arabic@productivemuslim.com) who need such volunteers from time to time. :)

    • Assalam alaykum sister

      InshaAllah I am sure your translation abilities would be of benefits for students of Arabic. Perhaps a language exchange or something similar? e.g. getting the student involved in the translation process itself by eliciting the information from them.

  12. Hi. your article is so true and your points are so good for why we learn arabic, especialy kabe imam, i like this :) thanks

    • Assalam alaykum

      JazakAllah khair for your comment. InshaAllah I hope the article helps you better your Arabic study experience.

  13. Since writing the article I have acquired a digital Quran. I must say it should be on the list of Arabic Language learning tools!

    Although I have always listened to Quran recitations alongside reading the Quran itself, the combination of these things in the digitial Quran is really beneficial mashaAllah. I have experienced that hearing the correct tajweed alongside reading the words of the Quran is really beneficial. The fact that it is pocket sized is even better. It has made the Quran even more accessible to me. Alhamdulilah.

    Some people like to use Quran apps on their phone to similar effect. I have found however, that because the digital Quran is simply that: A Quran, it enables you to remain focussed on your reading. A phone however can provide unwanted distractions…

    • Salam Rima

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I think many people seem to enjoy/benefit from ‘Arabic with Husna on Bayyinah TV’! Alhamdulilah, great to hear.

    • Walaykum salam.

      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment. JazakAllah khair for the link. InshaAllah it will be useful for all of the readers.

    • Assalamu alaykum.

      JazakAllah khair for the tip! In sha Allah it will help readers even further.

  14. Thank you! what a wonderful article on how to learn Arabic. Excellent and motivational

    It’s a real tough language. So many words can mean so many things.
    Although I have to say I really don’t like the heavy Arabic grammar approach. It makes the language seem rigid and robotic.

    by the way people found this other really great article on how to learn Arabic I’ve been trying to use it daily to progress faster in my Arabic. Of course when you married with a kid it’s not so easy.

    getfluentinarabic.wordpress.com/2015/05/16/my-plan-to-arabic-fluency/

    It’s much more interesting approach to the traditional heavy hard academic approach to learning Arabic.
    But that’s my opinion. I’m not saying grammar isn’t important but for beginners to learn grammar is just too much and too early when we can focus on the language skills first.

    in this day and age we can all learn Arabic