My journey through the Arabic Language

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Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu…

After many years of studying the Arabic Language in particular my study of Duroos al-Lughah al-Arabiyyah for the non-native speaker commonly known as the Madinah books, I have finally decided to document this wonderful and protracted journey and to share it via this BLOG.

My journey will be divided into four parts with the first being cohesive with the second and so on.

These four parts will be:

  • My reversion to al-Islaam up until the day I began to Study the Arabic language (in brief)
  • My three year study of Duroos al-Lughah al-Arabiyyah commonly known as the Madinah books along with other known and classical texts including al-Aajurroomiyyah
  • My teaching and experiences of the same three books and finally…
  • My advice to everyone intending, wanting and about to begin the same journey by the will of Allaah ﷻ

Part one to follow shorty inshaa’Allaah…





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Assalāmu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullāhi wa Barakātuhu

Apologies for the late news, but the new Madīnah Book class at Masjid Al Ansār began last week (01/08/15). We only covered chapter I so all is not lost and you’ll be pleased to know that we are still accepting students inshāAllāh.

Jazâkumullāhu khayran


A new Madinah Book I class…

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Alhamdulillāh, a new Madinah Book I class will begin at Masjid al Ansār, Goodmayes, Illford on the 25th July 2015 inshā’Allāh.

At Masjid al Ansār, we are currently teaching Madinah Books II and III.

Watch this space for further details inshā’Allāh.


New class starting @ the West London Islamic Cultural Centre (f.k.a al-Muntada al-Islami)

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Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu….


All praise is due to Allaah and we are grateful for the favors He has bestowed upon us…

The class you have all been waiting for will now begin on Wednesday 17th September @ the West London Islamic Cultural Centre formerly known as al-Muntada al-Islami.

Please find the full details below….the class will run from 18.30-20.30 every Wednesday for roughly 15 weeks insha’Allah.


As you can see registration dates have not been included in the poster so please contact br. Yasir direct through the masjid’s website insha’Allah.

Jazaakumullaahu khayran


One year intensive course in Qur’anic Arabic @ al-Ansar Masjid, Ilford.


Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu…

By the grace of Allaah I will be starting a new Arabic course @ al-Ansar Masjid, Goodmayes, Ilford.

We will be covering the syllabus taught at the Madinah University commonly known as the Madinah books.

All relevant information can be found on the poster allocated below…or by clicking on this link:


Please spread the word…

u.Aboo Haneefah

Tips for memorizing the Glorious Qur’aan…

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As’Salaamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu

Here are a few tips for every student of Qur’aan; both beginner and advanced…

To begin…

1. Set yourself an amount to memorize. For example, 5 lines, 1 page etc. Whatever amount of you choose (let’s say 5 lines) decrease by 1 line. This will make you memorize that amount for sure inshaa’Allaah.

Shaykh ibn al-Uthaymeen (رحمه الله) said:

The way to memorize it is to persist in memorizing it. There are two ways in which people can memorize it: 

1. Memorizing it aayah by aayah, or two aayahs by two aayahs, or three by three, depending on how long or short the aayahs are.  

2.  Memorizing it page by page. 

People vary; some of them prefer to memorize it page by page, repeating it until they have memorized it. Others prefer to memorize one aayah at a time, going over it until they have memorized it, then memorizing the next aayah, until they have memorized it all. 

Whether you use the first method or the second, you should not move on until you are sure of what you have learned, lest you build on a wrong foundation. You should review what you have memorized every day, especially in the morning. If you know that you have learned it properly, then you can move on. (From, Kitaab al-‘Ilm, p. 157, 158)

2. Set yourself a specific time in the day for your memorization. This will be the same time for every day. It is a must that you stick this time and routine. There are blessed times in the day like just before and after al-Fajr. I have heard from certain Shuyookh that they preferred after al-Fajr. Allaah (جل و على) says:

“So bear with patience (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم) all that they say, and glorify the Praises of your Lord, before the rising of the sun….” [50:39]

This time will help you in the sense that there are no distractions from the Dunyaa i.e. your family, work or children. One important tip is not to memorize just before you sleep as this is counterproductive. It will go in one ear and out the other as the saying goes.

3. Choose your favourite recitor and stick to him and do not change. My ustaadh personally advises for you to choose Shaykh al-Minshaawee or Husaree (رحمهما الله) for their style and correctness.

Always listen to your recitor before you begin to memorize as this enables you to familiarise yourself with what you are about to memorize as familiarisation is fundamental.

4. Linked to point (2), choose yourself a specific spot to sit down and begin your Hifz. Somewhere less clattered is advised; less distractions the better. The Salaf (رحمهم الله) have left us with some useful tips when it comes to memorizing; Face the Qiblah, Be in a state of purity and to beg Allaah for His assistance and always thank Allaah even if you have not reached your target. It is said that this is Imaam Aboo Haneefah (رحمه الله) exceled so much as he always thanked Allaah no matter what.

5. For those with a very good memory, reading those specific verses twice, thrice is enough but those who have a not so very good memory and you have chosen to memorize a page a-day (in accordance to the Uthmaanee script which has 15 lines per page) then divide your page into 3 parts and not over burden yourself. Always recognise your problems at the beginning. This can be done when you begin to familiarise yourself with what you are about to memorize along with your chosen and favourite recitor.

6. Always try your best to read what you have memorized that day in all your compulsory and optional prayers.

7. For further assistance, refer to a ‘trustworthy’ translation to give meaning to what you have just memorized.

Finally, I ask Allaah to grant us all the ability to memorize and preserve His uncreated and chosen speech for the whole of mankind – Aameen.

u.Aboo Haneefah

UPDATE: The Arabic will start after Ramadhaan inshaa’Allaah…

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Assalaamu alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu,

I was informed yesterday by u.Wasim that he has/or will be having a meeting with the ‘Board’ regarding the setting up of regular structured courses @ al-Muntada with priority given to the long awaited Arabic class…LOL

I believe the class will now begin after Ramadhaan, but I have been given NO EXACT date…yet.

Hold tight and watch this space inshaa’Allaah…

May Allaah (Azza wa Jall) reward you all for your patience – Ameen

u.Aboo Haneefah

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