Arabic Intensive Program

The Arabic Intensive program at the FIQE aims to achieve a deeper understanding of Quranic Arabic through a dynamic and refreshing approach.  The four-tier process below hopes to give Muslims in the Chicago land community a strong connection with the message of the Quran.  The program is unique from other attempts as it separates the literacy component from the science (grammar), where every adult, while learning to read on their own level, will still have the privilege to learn the nuances of Arabic grammar (regardless of their literacy level). Also we aim to build grammar through charts employed at national levels; increase vocabulary; and build a deeper appreciation of the message within the Quran. We hope to raise the bar in the teaching of Arabic language through an innovative program inshAllah.

VENUE: Al-Furqaan Foundation, Addison, IL

TIME: Weekly or Bi-weekly Thursdays at 6:00 PM

DURATION: 10 week course

START DATE: Thursday February 11th

Major Components for the Program:

  1. Build Literacy (Reading and Writing)
  2. Establish Science (Grammar) through Quran
  3. Increase and Implement Vocabulary (memorize 200 most common words in the Quran)
  4. Encourage a deeper understanding of the message within the Quran

1. Building Literacy:

Students will spend 2 hours in class during the week strengthening their Tajweed (Quranic recitation). For beginners the curriculum enhances learning Arabic alphabet through grouping techniques, recitals, and writing. Individually every student will be required to read 15 minutes of their Arabic reading books along with 15 minutes of Quran every lesson with their teacher.  The teacher must dedicate at least one surah per class for general reading and individual surahs for each student.

Writing (Imlaa’) includes basic Arabic alphabet, conjoining words, along with simple sentences from the Quran.  Students inTajweed class will write their Surah at least 3 pages (surah x 3) every week (or a portion equivalent no more than one page).  Purpose of the writing activities is to allow students to grasp an ownership of Arabic language. Thus, cohesion of reading and writing Arabic will produce a stronger foundation of Arabic aiding in the process of understanding the language.

2. Strengthening Science (Grammar) through Quran:

Students in this class will be learning 2 hours of Arabic grammar weekly.  The Grammar is designed from Quranic verses familiar to the average adult.  Thus, as the lessons in grammar progress, each student should feel a practical link to the Quran and the message of Allah (swt).

The overall lesson would employ Quranic examples in order to strengthen grammar from the Quran.  Secondly the grammar classes will implement flow chart analysis of the Arabic language. The charts will be introduced in the beginning, yet explained throughout the duration of the course.  The charts should aid the students in recognizing patterns and simplify understanding of complex rules inshAllah. Among the texts that will be used for this portion include Quranic Language Made Easy by Hafiza Effat Ahmed

3.  Increase Vocabulary (memorize  most common root words in Quran)

The goal of every student would be memorize the words or the root words.  Student will memorize at least 20 words per week for 10 weeks.  The instructor must encourage unique methods of increasing memorization skills such incorporating  Arabic Vocab. Jeopardy every week along with written and oral quizzes.   Our aim is at least 200 vocabulary words which should help create the necessary links in understanding the language of the Quran. InshAllah among the various texts, we will use Imam Nadwi’s The Vocabulary of the Quran.

4. Deeper understanding of the message within the Quran

Through texts such as Dictionary of the Holy Quran, and supplemental resources, we aim to develop a deeper understanding of the message of Allah swt.  For the course, the purpose of learning classical Arabic is to gain at least a 45-65% increase in the understanding of the message of Allah (swt).  If time permits, the instructor may also present to students how classical scholars have used various approaches of interpretation based on their understanding of grammar.

Instructor Bio:

Sr. Tahera Ahmad has received a graduate certificate in Arabic from Al-Diwan, Cairo, an Ijazah in Tajweed, and traditional Islamic education from various institutions including the IIE (Elgin, IL).   Completing her graduate studies in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, she served as the Muslim Chaplain/Advisor at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Currently Sr. Tahera teaches High School Islamic Studies at the Islamic Foundation School, Villa Park.

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