- The first level in a series of courses designed to take you from no knowledge of reading Arabic to a high-level proficiency.
- Set the foundations for learning tajweed
- Learn the Arabic alphabet and vowel markings
- Practice reading these letters when joined into words
- Learn how to properly articulate sounds
- Become familiar with basic rules of Qur’anic recitation
About the Course
In Basic Arabic Reading, you'll set the foundations for learning Arabic through learning how to read the Qur’an and any other vowelled Arabic text. The technique used in the course, which is based on traditional, time-tested methods of learning how to read the Qur’an, is the best and most solid way to learn how to read. Through repetition the course enhances the memorization needed to learn how to read. It provides the theoretical background to the rules of reading that draw from advanced books of tajweed (Quranic recitation) and Arabic morphology. This course is unique because it also teaches a number of important tajweed rules that other reading courses don’t cover. These rules are necessary for reciting the Quran properly, and many of these rules are needed for reading standard Arabic texts. This is a gateway to both Qibla's higher level Arabic courses and to future tajweed courses.
Part 1: Staged Reading: Learning to read by formulaic identification and repetitive articulation of individual consonants and vowels in words.
- Lesson 1: The Arabic Alphabet
- Lesson 2: Joining Letters
- Lesson 3: Diacritical Accents (Vowels)
- Lesson 4: Stage Reading Formula
- Lesson 5: Nunation
- Lesson 6: Long Vowels
- Lesson 7: Silent Letters
- Lesson 8: Soft Consonants
- Lesson 9: The Hamza
- Lesson 10: Doubled Letters (Shadda)
Part 2: Fluent Reading + An Introduction to Tajweed Rules: Learning how to look at a word and being able to read it immediately.
- Lesson 11: Stopping at the End of a Word (wuquf) and Closing Ta (ta' marbuta)
- Lesson 12: Unarticulated Long Vowels
- Lesson 13: Diacritical Long Vowels
- Lesson 14: The Enabling Hamza (hamzat al-wasl)
- Lesson 15: Sun & Moon Letters
- Lesson 16: Lengthened Long Vowels (madd)
- Lesson 17: Doubled Nun and Double Mim
- Lesson 18: Merging the Silent Nun into Ya and Waw (Idgham)
- Lesson 19: Merging the Silent Nun into Lam and Ra (Idgham)
- Lesson 20: Hiding the Silent Nun (Ikhfa)
- Lesson 21: Hiding the Silent Mim and Turning the Silent Nun into a Hidden Mim (Iqlab)
There will be weekly live classes, pre-recorded audio and video lessons, handouts and a final exam. The teachers will hold weekly office hours where student can consult with them one-on-one. Students are highly encouraged to post their questions in the discussions forum over the course of the week.
Weekly Time Commitment
The required weekly time commitment for tajweed can vary greatly depending on the your learning ability. However you can expect to dedicate at least two hours a week to learning the rules and practicing with correct recitation.
The course has no required text, all the relevant material shall be provided in class.
No background is required, this course is for anyone who has no prior experience with the Arabic alphabet.
Why should you strive to learn the Quran and teach it to others?
The Prophet, may Allah bless him and give him peace, said: “Everything in existence prays for the forgiveness of the person who teaches the Qur’an – even the fish in the sea.” In order to access the Qur’an, you must first know how to read Arabic, the language of divine revelation. Knowledge of Arabic brings Muslims closer to their religion, so that they are able to pray with focus and understand what they are reciting. The first step of this journey is to learn how to read the Arabic script.
Is it important to learn to read the Arabic script even if I don't understand what I'm reading?
Yes. Traditionally, Muslim children were taught how to read the Qur’an even if they could not speak or understand Arabic. Many Muslims raised in non-Muslim lands—whether converts or otherwise—are no longer taught this vital religious skill, and only realize its importance later in life. But it’s never too late to learn.
What shall I know coming out of the course?
By the end of this course, you will be able to read any vowelled Arabic script, including copies of the Quran.