- The first level in a series of courses designed to take you from no knowledge of reading Arabic to a high-level proficiency.
- Learn the Arabic alphabet and vowel markings
- Practice reading these letters when joined into words
- Learn how to properly articulate sounds
- Set the foundations for learning Arabic grammar in subsequent courses
About the Course
In Basic Arabic Reading, you will set the foundations for learning Arabic grammar by mastering the alphabet, and learning how to read any vowelled Arabic text.
The technique used in the course is based on traditional, time-tested methods of learning how to read, and is the best way to learn: through practical application and repetition, the course enhances the memorization needed to internalize the rules.
Staged Reading: Learning to read by formulaic identification and repetitive articulation of individual consonants and vowels in words.
- The Arabic Alphabet
- Joining Letters
- Diacritical Accents (Vowels)
- Stage Reading Formula
- Long Vowels
- Silent Letters
- Soft Consonants
- The Hamza
- Doubled Letters (Shadda)
The course will consist of weekly Live Sessions, pre-recorded audio and video lessons, handouts and a Final Examination. The teachers shall 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 can vary greatly depending on the student’s learning ability. However students can expect to dedicate at least two hours a week to learning the rules and practicing.
No background is required, this course is for students who have 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.
Why should you start your Arabic studies with Qibla?
Mastering Arabic, like any language, takes time and dedication. This course is the gateway course to a multi-year Arabic program that will take you from no knowledge of Arabic to the ability to read Arabic texts. This course is inspired by the classical approach to teaching and learning Arabic at institutions of religious education located in non-Arab lands. This classical approach has been slightly modified in light of modern language-learning techniques adopted by universities in the West and Arabic language institutes in the Middle East. The combination of ancient and modern makes this course the first of its kind in the English-speaking world.
Take heart in your Arabic studies...did you know...
The contributions of non-Arab scholars to the Islamic tradition and the corpus of Islamic scholarship have arguably been even greater than the contributions of their Arab counterparts. These great minds not only studied the language, but lived it and breathed it – it was their primary mode of communication with the tradition. What man has done before, man can do again.
Why is learning Arabic imperative in your quest for sacred knowledge?
“The All-Merciful taught the Qur’an, created man, and taught him speech.” (55:1-4) Aside from the obvious fact of the Revelation itself being in Arabic, the reference works of every Islamic discipline are written in Arabic. It is therefore impossible to master any of the Islamic disciplines without a strong grounding in the Arabic language itself.