Friday, 12 October 2012

Quran Reader

Assalaamu Alaykum

One of my friends sent me a link to this beautiful on-line Quran Reader.  I find it very useful for searching certain ayaat in the Quran and then listening to a variety of well-known Qaaris reciting them.

Please follow the link (by clicking on the picture) and enjoy.

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Learn Arabic by Video

Al-hamdulillaah
I finally managed to upload the first VIDEO - Lesson 1.1 Speak Arabic Today to YouTube.
For the Complete Video, covering the 100 words and sentences of lesson One, please contact me via my email address:  idreeskamish@gmail.com .

Enjoy the video and play it to your whole family.  Let me know what you think of it.

Here's the link - just click on the picture below:

Friday, 3 August 2012

Mufti Menk - Ramadhaan Lectures

Here are the links to the Ramadhaan 2012 lectures by the truly eloquent and inspiring Mufti Menk.  These lectures and many more can be obtained from the CTME website.



Click on MUFTI MENK

Monday, 23 July 2012

Ramadhaan Health Guide

Assalaamu Alaykum

I would like to share a very useful publication called the Ramadan Health Guide - a guide to healthy fasting with all Muslims during this holy month of Ramadhaan.  In fact, according to the authors, its also useful to Non-Muslims who may be fasting during any time of the year.


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Two New Lessons Available

Assalaamu Alaykum

As Muslims, we are all aware that our holiest month, Ramadhaan (The month of Al-Quran) is around the corner.  Since this is the month in which all Muslims should strive to increase their Allah consciousness and attain closeness to the Almighty Creator, we are automatically urged to Read Al-Quran more and to increase our understanding of this Holy Scripture.

As a gift to all Muslims (as well as non-Muslims, who would like to understand the beautiful Arabic Language), I have completed two new lessons: 
     1)  Read Arabic Today - Lesson Five (http://schoolofarabic.blogspot.com/p/read-arabic-today.html );
     2)  Speak Arabic Today - Lesson Four. (https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByGu70Uta4BxUXR1R0pCUHZpajA/edit ).

I trust you'll enjoy these lessons and put them to good use.  And, if you don't need them for yourself, please share with your family or friends who might need them.  After all Ramadhaan is also the month of sharing, so by merely sending someone else a link to this blog, you will receive multiple rewards, In-Sha Allah.

Remember the books and CDs of the Understand Al-Quran series are also available for sale to those who want to pursue self-study.  If interested please email me.  You are also welcome to post your comments below.  Some of these lessons are also available on the blog (http://schoolofarabic.blogspot.com/p/bkone-lessonfive.html )

Shukran
Allah Knows Best.
Idrees

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Al-hamdulillah here is the third set of 100 words, phrases and sentences. If you study these words and sentences carefully, you'll soon be able to use all 300 words, phrases and sentences with ease. It is important to have an understanding of the grammatical structures as well though. These structures are explained in class.

Monday, 30 April 2012

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

About: Speak Arabic Today


Speak Arabic Today

تكلّم العربية اليوم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

This Programme proposes to teach English speaking foreigners to speak the Arabic language.  The aim is to empower the student to start speaking Arabic from day one, hence the title: Speak Arabic Today.

The programme will mainly focus on the Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) which is spoken all over the Arabic world.  From time to time a few colloquial words and phrases will be introduced to assist those who are planning to visit an Arab country or interact with the many Arabs in our midst.  Although visitors to Arab countries will mostly hear the natives speak the colloquial Arabic (Al'Amiya - العامية), MSA is taught in schools.  MSA is also spoken in schools, on radio and TV.  This is also the language written in text books, story books, magazines and newspapers. Arabs all over the world therefore do speak, read and understand MSA.

The vocabulary and sentences which will be introduced throughout this course will help students who are studying Arabic and or Islamic studies at various schools and institutions. 
In addition to my own knowledge, I've consulted more than twenty Arabic books (used to teach foreigners in Arab countries as well as at institutions across the world), such as: العربية بين يديك , العربية للناشئين , احبّ العربية , طريقة جديدة في تعليم العربية, دروس في العربية, دروس اللغة العربية  as well as  the Enjoy Arabic Series (العربية للإستمتاع), which I have written a few years ago.  I am also in consultation with Arab speakers, mainly from Egypt and Morocco for advice regarding colloquial Arabic.

The themes which will be covered, should include everyday phrases, greetings and introductions, conversing in class, at home, at the office; travelling (including Hajj) and visiting places such as the restaurant, beach, etc.  Conversations about Quran and the Hadith will also be introduced. To assist students audio and video materials will be made available from time to time.

A unique feature of this course is that input from students as well as teachers would be welcome throughout: the course is therefore flexible - in order to cater for the specific needs of the students. 

Key vocabulary and phrases will be posted on this blog from time to time to help students to prepare.   Remember there is only one way to speak Arabic: That is To Speak Arabic - So whoever wants to speak, should join a class or group where spoken Arabic can be practised.  Speaking any new language requires lots of drilling, so start by reading and repeating the words and phrases over and over. 
Students and teachers or speakers are welcome to send their comments and suggestions to me at: idreeskamish@gmail.com

For the first 100 words and sentences to kickstart your Arabic conversations, go to:
http://schoolofarabic.blogspot.com/p/lesson-one-speak-arabic-today.html