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Shariah Program Arabic – What’s this about 21 days?

Shariah Program Arabic – What’s this about 21 days?

By: Sawitri Mardyani (Phd)

It seems like a completely outrageous claim, doesn't it?  Especially if you've tried to study Arabic before.  You know how many weeks, months, years or even decades you've spent learning words, constructing simple sentences, and not coming anywhere near a real Arabic book.

So how could this be possible?  How could you cover enough of the language to Do you need to study night and day in an immersion environment, ignoring of all your other responsibilities?

No, actually.  Not at all.

Starting their first Arabic book within 21 days is something students have been doing, studying part time, 5-7 hours a week, with no prior
knowledge other than the letters of the Arabic alphabet.

So what's the key?

The key is in how the language is taught and which portion of the language we focus on first. If you pick up any Arabic instruction book today or join any class, you'll notice that you start by learning lists of words and little sentences and structures, gradually adding more and more complexity as the lessons progress.

It seems like a good idea, right?  Break something big down to little parts and start with the simple and progress to the complex.

The problem is, without an overall framework to tie all this information to, everything you learn starts to feel like a series of disconnected rules and words.  It seems so complicated and random that you quickly become overwhelmed.  It's no surprise that you come to the conclusion that the language is difficult.  Too difficult.  Or you're just not cut out for it.

The hope and enthusiasm that you had when you started learning the language quickly diminishes.  Attendance in the class dwindles. You quit the course or it's canceled all together.  You abandon one series of text books for the next.

It's a pretty sad story.  And what's sadder is how often this cycle is repeated, until you have a whole stack of Arabic books gathering dust on the shelf. You see, when you teach Arabic from the simple to the complex, i.e. starting with words, and then simple structures and sentences, you're ignoring the fundamental nature of the language itself.

The truth is, Arabic isn't like other languages. In Arabic, the majority of meanings do not even come from words, but instead from vowels and patterns. Weird, right? This doesn't mean that words don't have meaning.  Obviously they do. But there are more “non-word” meanings than meanings that come from words. And when you only learn words and stick them together into simple sentences, you miss out on this absolutely fundamental fact.

You miss out on the key aspect that lead scholars such as Ibn Khaldun to conclude that Arabic the most superior language on the planet.

On the other hand, if you can start by teaching how patterns and vowels convey meaning in Arabic, then you create fascination and you feed the student's natural enthusiasm.  Because really, you can't help but be amazed at this absolutely brilliant system that packs so much meaning into the vowels and patterns that make up a single word.

And you sit awe as you realize that it's a feat of staggering genius on part of the medieval grammarians that they were able to isolate, analyze and explain this in the books of Nahw. When you start with these “non-word” meanings, you're actually getting right to the heart of the Arabic language.  You're talking about the unique mechanism that Arabic uses to convey meaning.  And this is something that you're going to see in every single Arabic sentence you will ever read.

This is the key.

It's by covering the most broadly applicable aspects of the language first that you can begin a reading text within 21 days.

Then, as we start reading the text, you'll see all the theory that you've learned come to life with real examples.  Your vocabulary grows organically through the medium of the story and each sentence solidifies your understanding of the theory.  As the story progresses, the author introduces new structures so that you learn new elements of grammar without getting overwhelmed. As counter intuitive as it seems, the key is to teach the most elaborate aspects of the language first.  Arabic is taught best when we lead with the complex, instead of going from the simple to the complex.

It's counter-intuitive but it works.

Now, to really get an understanding of this method of learning Arabic, you're going to need to see more details and examples.  You need to see the language in action to really understand what's meant by ”no-word” meanings.  So Mufti Yusuf, the founder of this method, has put together a 45 page document which you can download .

One of my classmates said that, after having taken Arabic in university, he can safely say that this document covers more than a full year of class.  I've never taken Arabic in university myself, so I can't comment on that.  You're invited to assess that for yourself, though.

Behind the document, there's two hours of free video lessons and a more elaborate online program where classes have been in session for over 10 years.

Of course we hope you consider signing up for the program, but there's a lot of teaching in the free resources too and we'd love for as many people as possible to benefit from that.

If you haven't already checked out the 45 page report, you can go  to get your free copy.

Feel free to post your comments below on what you think of this approach. Do you think it's appropriate for beginners or just advanced learners? Is it really different or more of the same?

If you're already a student of the program, you're more than welcome to share your experience below as well.

Editor's Note: This is written by a student of Mufti Yusuf Mullan and admin for the Shariah Program based on her experiences. Through their ads, Shariah Program has been a long time supporter of Muslimmatters.

 

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  1. as salaamu ‘alaikum,

    I learned Arabic through a variety of places and over a number of years. Though I now feel a sense of mastery, I felt there were many possible improvements that could be made to speed up the process. I looked over the Acceleration Report and felt it could be useful especially for those in the high school – college range, i.e., those who wish to learn quickly and have the ability to grasp these concepts. I doubt it would work for children under 12. I also wonder how it would work for adults above 40 and for those who are not previously exposed to language learning. I believe for them it may seem too complicated. I do think it is a great method of learning, just not suitable for all age groups and learning styles. May Allah swt bless your efforts.

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    • As Salaamulaykum,

      Mufti Yusuf presents the topics very well, and I am continuously amazed that the language can be so precise and beautiful. Mufti Saheb’s method is unique and effective.
      I am over 40, and my prior exposure to formally learning Arabic has been minimal, yet I am coping, Alhumdulillah. It does take some effort, though, and I am sure the program can work for anyone that’s committed to try.

      May Allah (SWT) accept and strengthen your efforts.

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  2. Intrigued and interested…

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  3. On a lighter note, my ability to speak Urdu with my in-laws has improved. I grew up never speaking too much Urdu and I never realized how much is loaned from Arabic. Studying has impressed my in-laws and thus is a big boost to my marriage :)

    More importantly, I feel like I am experiencing the Qur’an more. When I listen to its recitation I find myself focusing more. Pondering on the complexities of its grammar finds me pondering on the complexity and majesty of Allah’s creation. I feel like I am renewing my faith every time I approach my studies of Arabic and the Qur’an, and I simply would never have been able to benefit while studying part time, in as short a time as I have. The method works and its benefit is immense. May Allah preserve Mufti Yusuf for helping us all get closer to Allah’s kalam.

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  4. Salam

    I have only studied 5 weeks of the Shariah programme self paced lesson and I have realised that I could understand certain ayats of the Quran as I’m reading. Furthermore it has made memorising the Quran easier and fun Alhamdulillah. Now I am motivated to memorise the whole Quran In  sha Allah.

    Moreover knowing that I can repeat the lessons again and again when I want gives me the peace of mind when I get busy with worldly chores.

    In sha Allah I have nomad intention to join the October 2013 class and hope fully finish it.

    Mufti Yusuf, knows his Arabic very well, Alhamdulillah, and I could see the transformation in my ability in just 5 weeks of lessons.

    Wassalamua’laikum warahmatullah.

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  5. Assalaamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barkatuhu everyone,

    During the Eid ul Adha holidays, a friend came to visit me after a long time. I was telling him the story of Sayyidina Yusuf (alayhis salaam). I opened up Qasasun Nabiyyin, the book that we start from the third week of the Shariah Program, and translated some portions for him as I told him the story. And then I opened up Surah Yusuf and translated the first few lines for him. Few days ago I happened to come across to a discussion of a scholar online, who was speaking in classical Arabic and to my utter joy, I was actually understanding much of what he was saying. Yet there were times in the past where I felt that between Arabic and myself was an almost insurmountable barrier. I am only in the 14th week of my Arabic studies, and though I am fairly consistent in my studies, due to my job I am not able to dedicate as much time as I would have liked to, and even after that I see much progress. I see myself transformed from being stuck with a few words and concepts and sentences of Arabic to a stage where I can acquire meaning as I encounter new material. As I read the Holy Quran, I see myself slowing down, trying to understand and appreciate what Allah says, and I feel the words like never before… and what makes me most hopeful is the fact that this is only the beginning! This hope along with it’s practical manifestations of progress which I am seeing in myself every few days is what I consider to be the biggest transformation that I have experienced up to this stage. All praise and thanks be to Allah and also to our teachers in Shariah Program. It’s inspiring to see how much good work Mufti Yusuf Mullan and his team has put in to this program to increase it’s efficacy among it’s target audience. His pedagogy is precise. His ability to precisely and fluently translate and teach the technical terms of Classical Arabic grammar and morphology enabled me not only to appreciate Arabic in terms of a language I know well, it also enables me to further educate myself in a language I daily communicate in and furthermore, it equips me to teach what I have learnt to educated and interested people in a way that they can appreciate it. And I know that I am not the only person who feels this way about this program. Albeit I joined the program because I saw the glowing results in some of my close friends and associates who took this program. Some of them are already scholars graduating from renowned institutions, some of them are on their way. Allah accept the efforts of Mufti Yusuf and his team and his students. Ameen.

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  6. Confidence! That I can do it. Now when people talk Arabic I understand and cross check grammar that I learned. Best part is I can any time go back to videos and refresh on any topic. Thanks a lot for all your effort to present great program.

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  7. Asalamalaikum serious students of Arabic… this is my Story about taking a dive on the straights of the Arabic Oceans by taking a ride on the Shariah Programme.

    In my mid thirties, married, with 2 beautiful children and living in London, I thought I’d missed the boat to pursue an adventure of the Arabic Oceans and took refuge in the idea of reading Quran as a ritual and leaving its impact on me at best by translation.

    It was only then did a friend introduce the ‘Arabic Acceleration Report’ to me (prepared by Mufti Yusuf Mullan and the team at the Shariah Programme). I read this a number of times and put it to one side, at first I read up to the Istansaroo example and got my first dose of the comprehensiveness of the language and for the first time appreciated Arabic not just as a language, but as a system of the conveyance of meaning and for the first time got a taste of its comprehensiveness.

    I attended sessions with my friend who was teaching Arabic based upon what he learnt in Mufti Yusuf’s Shariah Programme, but unfortunately wasn’t able to keep up, given family and professional commitments, at this stage the only wave that was carrying me was hope and an empty desire.

    Before the last 10 nights of Ramadhan 2013 in preparation of Itikaaf, I had downloaded an electronic version of the Quran and other materials I intended to pursue in the nights of Magfirah. When I found myself in Itikaaf alongside my collections of electronic Quran and other materials in iBooks I discovered I had saved a PDF copy of ‘The Acceleration Report’…

    During the days I’d fast and read from my collections, leaving the nights for worship and repentance, without realising part of my schedule in the day-time I started to explore the report once again.

    Despite being low on energy and reduced mental stamina of memorisation, I started to see things in the report that I didn’t before, for some reason it started to make more and more sense, I was now looking beyond the quotes and other peoples experiences and was witnessing the sequence of how the report was structured… before I read the phrase ‘The Big Picture’ but now I started to see ‘The Big Picture’, all of a sudden I found myself some where on ‘The Map of The Arabic Language’.. every time I turned to the report I was able to navigate from one part to another and then back again, the report became my navigation tool, Subhan’Allah.

    After Eid Ul Fitr, I made an intention to pursue this further and found myself on the website and intended to watch the three videos on the website. Then each time there was a lapse on pursuing these free materials an email reminder was sent by Mufti Mullan and felt almost like I was being watched by him and his team bringing me back in. I watched the three videos which reinforced the concepts in the report.

    This then lead me to perform Istikhara, as prior to this I had not considered Arabic on a serious note, it had been an empty desire and nothing more. Watching a final video by one of the team at the Shariah Programme, on explaining why Allah s.wt. in one verse uses the word Najm (derived from Najuum) and then in another instance the word Kawkib (derived from Kawakib) though both of the words have the same meaning of ‘Star’, felt like I landed at a pit stop on ‘The Map of The Arabic Language’ it kind of wetted my thirst but at the same time started a rumble in the belly for an appetite of the Arabic language.

    I got in touch with the team, and told them I’m interested and once I completed my Istikhara with the intention to pursue an adventure of the Arabic Oceans I finally enrolled on the programme.

    On getting my boarding pass to the Shariah Programme, I was received well by the crew, including help-desk staff and the captain himself. I felt honoured to be called ‘A Serious Student of Arabic’ and the statements were backed by complimentary endorsements of Muhammad s.a.w (hadith), which inspired me even more, a source of real encouragement.

    Since signing up, I’ve been looking forward to the live classes in Oct 2013, in preparation I’ve already started going through the materials (up to week 3.1 in four weeks) and have re-visited these materials more than once….

    It’s like going from room to room on a ship, but you can go back to any room you’ve visited previously at no extra expense, there is no sense of missed opportunities, and most times when I return to a room, I remember to switch on the light or then a light bulb moment happens where the light automatically comes on, even if I’ve missed the switch.

    At this stage I’m not saying I’ve discovered all the switches in each room that I’ve visited, at times I have missed them, but on re-visiting a room you have sudden moments where certain lights switch on and then when ever you revisit that same room, you know exactly where the light switch is.

    Finally the crew at the Shariah Programme are great, when ever I have had a light bulb moment, I check my understanding either by making a post under the specific area that I’ve covered or by email…

    It was only recently that I understood in the verbal sentence ‘Daraba Zaydun Amran’ that Amran is the object (which I got), but the object is the mafhul bihi (which I didn’t get at first).

    Object is not just an item, but the noun or pronoun on which a verb is being done by another noun (but the light bulb moment was this can be a person too)… This light bulb came on much later than the light bulb which allowed me to see what a verbal sentence was; a nominal sentence was; a nominal sentence with a verbal predicate was; if a noun is before a verb in a sentence which has a noun following it i.e. this particular noun would be called a subject (mubtada) and how to identify the subject which is not apparent in such a sentence…. and I can tell you, I did not have any of this clarity before.

    I’m on this ship now, and navigating ‘The Map of the Arabic Language’ and on boarding I’ve only made use of some of the tools given to me at the gates of immigration, I’ve not explored fully the other resources yet, but feel the difference already…. This is my first real attempt at the language and I’m determined (Insha’allah) to pursue this adventure of the Arabic Oceans , to move into the continuous development phase of the Arabic Language – for life… make dua Allah s.w.t makes this happen for me, even better why don’t you do the same?

    Abu Hammaad.

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  8. I am a non Muslim living in a Muslim country, and all my previous attempts of understanding failed in disappointment for my presence here and my capacity of integrating myself. Now I know why.
    Arabic is not really a language, is an expression of feelings and images in action in front of my eyes as I go through a text, is the ONLY real way of understanding the beauty of Islam. Therefore teaching this special language requires a special method driven by a certain amount of faith, it cannot be taught by ordinary methods. So you see is not you who failed in learning arabic, the method you choose was wrong.
    It was the strong faith,love and dedication behind mufti Yusuf’s work that made me see and choose his School. He is blessed for his school is a labour of love driven by strong faith, and I am happy to be part of it.
    I feel now as part of a family, I am learning with confidence that this is the best method ever,I learn in my own time and capacity, I have results and everything is so clear and simple.

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  9. I noticed, apart from a grammatical error, I also left a sentence, in my previous comment which might appear a bit vague to some people. And since that’s a point I feel quite passionately about, I will belabour to clarify it here. I hope you would excuse my indulgence, and note the following:

    When I wrote:

    “His ability to precisely and fluently translate and teach the technical terms of Classical Arabic grammar and morphology enabled me not only to appreciate Arabic in terms of a language I know well, it also enables me to further educate myself in a language I daily communicate in and furthermore, it equips me to teach what I have learnt to educated and interested people in a way that they can appreciate it.”

    By, “language I know well” and “a language I daily communicate in”, I meant English. In addition to learning Arabic I was able to brush up my knowledge of English grammar as well. This is important because often very sophisticated expressions in Arabic become mundane due to imprecise translation.

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  10. Im about 50 years old, working finance professional with 4 children spaced 4 years apart eldest being 18. Since i have joined shariah program about a month ago, i discovered that the course is comprehensive, gives pleasure, raise hope, made me feel confident to meet my objective of learning and surely applying Arabic language in whole of my life including understanding Islamic teachings and communicating via the Arabic language. I’m not yet there, but with the approach I have observed, tested and seen as presented by the Shariah Program, success is very near and certain. I have never been so confident that I will ever learn Arabic, each and every element appearing in the Dashboard, contents, presentations, speeches everything is a must to go through wherever your background, wherever you have learned Arabic from. Alhamndu lilah wa Allah ijaziikum kuli kheir ameen

    Abdulaziz Ashur

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  11. I have taken handful of other arabic others but nothing is comparable to what the Shariah Program offers and what it provides is something I can keep on going back to over the years. The delivery system of their content is ‘fresh’ it keeps me motivated and enthusiastic even when I think I have had enough of Arabic. Every time I listen to Ustadh Yusuf especially when I encounter the ‘ahas and epiphany’ moments it never fails to reignite my passion for the Arabic language. I certainly believe a teacher can be very knowledgeable in their respective field but not every teacher has the ability to keep their students successfully engaged for a prolonged period of time, not to let them loose sight of the bigger picture and always make them thirst for more and more.

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  12. There have been so many transformations since starting with Shariah Program, I don’t know where to start. I am more aware of the meaning of salah, and the recitation of Qur’an really moves me now. Alhamdulillah, memorising is also much easier now that I have an appreciation for how the language works. I have also been able to study other Islamic sciences from Arabic-only texts, which was a huge blessing. However, the biggest transformation has been my perception of myself, and reaffirming myself as a student for life and being humbled by the noble science and this fantastic teacher and all the hard work everyone is putting in. I pray Allah gives me tawfeeq to continue studying and improving in his path, and that He bless everyone working for Shariah Program.

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  13. Salaam everyone! Briefly, I’m an Irish/American guy from the Midwest, USA. I had a dream of learning Islam at a higher level. For whatever reason though, this dream never materialized. In my quest to still learn the Arabic language, I found out about this program and gave it a shot. In the beginning, Mufti Yusuf asked a question, “What is the miracle of the Qur’an?” He went on to say that through learning this material, the true miracle of Qur’an will begin to open up and be understood. Two years later, I can effortlessly say He delivered on his promise. It is a great mercy that I can have a family, full time job, etc. and still be able to learn this level of knowledge. For me, this became bigger than learning a language. It is teaching me the true depth of our deen and the legacy our scholars have left us with. Not to mention, being able to read Qur’an and for the first time actually know what I’m reading. I would like to outline the benefits as a way to motivate the passive onlooker into making that first step and critical shift to active participant. Instead, I will just say two words, “Life changing.” I am truly indebted.

    Sincerely,

    Br. Yaseen

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  14. Assalaamu Alaikum.May Allah shower all his mercy and blessing on the entire Sharia programme team . They have transformed my life in a big way ! I attempted to learn the Arabic language before but even after two and a half years hard work completing the course I came away empty handed . My expectation was that after finishing the course I will understand the Glorious Quran , but it didn’t happen ! All I learnt was some vocab and little grammar . In August this year Allah SWT opened a beautiful new door for me through which I walked into the Sharia Programme . Since that day I never looked back ! I went forward read the Arabic Acceleration Report and watched the four free videos and believe me I learnt so much and understood so clearly everything taught by our dear teacher brother Yusuf Mullan . This whole episode brought me emotionally so close to the Quran that I never experienced this kind of attachment before . I know inshallah in a short time I will understand Every word I read in the Quran and know exactly what my Creator is telling me! By joining the on line Sharia programme I will inshallah get the greatest benefit in life by understanding the message of my Lord,my Rabb , and The Rabul Aalmeen!!
    From the depth of my heart I thank the Sharia team…NasreenKhan

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  15. Fauziah Hanim tafri

    Alhamdulillah after enrolling in this course last September, I am very happy because I’m beginning to be more alert of the words in AlQuran. This is because Mufti Yusoff Mullan’s approach helps me to understand how to analyse faster as compared to previous courses in Arabic which I have taken earlier at other places. Thank you very much for the enlightenment.

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  16. Anver Moallim P. Eng.

    As-salaamu Alaikum WW.

    The article posted by Sr. Sawitri on the Shariah Program run by Mufti Yusuf Mullan (Hafizahu-Allah) is not only amazing but also sounds unbelievable in that how one could learn Arabic so quickly and easily. Based on my personal experience, I can attest that although the claim appears to be too good to be true but in fact it is pretty real. The reason for the success is not about solving the difficult nature of the language itself but the approach taken for teaching. It is a well recognized fact that problem-based learning is a lot more effective than bottom-up approach, typically taken by many traditional educators. Needless to say that there is no substitute for the efforts required to learn and master the language. In spite of this, the method used by the teacher Mufti Yusuf Mulla makes the learning easy and manageable. The structured method allows you to be always aware of where you are instead of getting lost in the vastness of Language Ocean.
    Based on my personal experience I say that just after attending a few months of classes, my world of ibadah and engagement with Allah (S) has changed irreversibly – Sub-han-Allah! I would not write what I am writing now publicly but with a view to benefitting others I am writing this response and the experience of personal transformation. The learning I acquired over the last just 4 months in the first semester has added a whole new dimension to my inner life and concentration in the salaah. Before this course I knew what I was reading but now I am able to connect with each word and word endings. Before I knew the summary of what I was reciting now I understand each word I am reciting.

    Non-Arabic speaking people who know Al-Quran by heart, for them there is always a struggle to keep the order of dhamma, fat-ha or ksrah on each word and word endings. We memorize Al-Quran traditionally before we reach the age of 10. We recite typically how we have memorized. As our aging memory fades, there is a huge struggle to recite correctly in the salaah, especially when you are leading the salaah of hundreds of people in jama’ah. Now I have no doubts in my mind when reciting: Wa-junudu ibleesa ajma-un or wa-junuda ibleesu aj-ma-un. I do not have to worry about: wa-izib-talaa Ibraahima Rab-buhu or Ibraahimu Rab-bahu (a-u-du-bil-Allah) – thanks to the design and style of the Shariah Program.
    In engineering I have used extensively the principle of Pareto indicating 20% of the issues causing 80% of the grief. I see this approach almost each time I watch the videos and listen to our Mufti Saheb (Hafizahu-Allah) – this principle seems to be repeating but at the same time delivering the benefit. The experience I have gained is beyond the epiphany level. I am still not able to maximize the opportunity afforded to me through this program due to many other responsibilities, however, anyone who is in 20′s, 30′s or 40′s and ever wanted to learn the deen of Allah (S), you have the opportunity literally knocking your doors – pay a little bit of money, stay in the comfort of the home and succeed in your learning objective. You have now NO excuse. And this is not a marketing blip for the Shariah Program, but a naseehah from a lifelong educator/learner of the deen of Allah (S).

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  17. Assalamualaikum , I am a physiotherapist in south east asia, I have limited resource to learn arabic though I have been longing deep in my heart to learn and understand the speech of my maker. With my busy schedule my only option was online learning . The day I enrolled into shariah program , my excitement and passion for learning Arabic increased. Coping with the material is tough but I kept along with it on my own pace. I started off with this program to understand Arabic, but the biggest transformation in my life with this program is that it has turned me into a teacher. This is because the materials and the methodology of teaching presented in shariah program is excellent enough to make me teach my children’s.

    Abu Afreeda

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  18. Assalamu Alaikum WRWB!
    Alhamdulillah! As a student of Shariah Program, I have benefited tremendously. Mufti Yusuf’s teaching method is so effective that one learns Saraf and Nahw principles quickly in short period of time. Biggest transformation I have experienced from this learning is that now when I study Quran or Hadith of Prophet Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam, I understand the meaning and its true message. That was the purpose and goal of my learning Arabic and Alhamdulillah, I am on my way to achieve it. I make dua for our learned Ustadh Mufti Yusuf that may Allah (SWT) grant him good health and long life to continue to teach Muslims all over the globe for years to come.
    Mohammad Yunus

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  19. The biggest transformation that I have experienced is that I have become confident that I can learn Arabic. The lectures are designed so that they initially pick those “vital few” concepts of the Arabic grammar and teach them in first 3 weeks that shall enable you to start reading an arabic text such a story book for children and then build upon that. You will be able to identify important components in the structure. There is a myth that verbs in arabic are more difficult than noun. These lectures actually start with the verbs and break that fear by making you understand some of the key aspects e.g. starting with paste tense and slowly moving towards present/future. After few weeks in the study, a week will come when you will experience a sudden wave of change boosting your confidence level and you will get that The Matrix feeling “I know Kungfu” kind, that you can do it and it is all coming together. The initial lectures are designed to repeat themselves a bit and are tightly focused on certain topics that you are required to master as they will serve as the foundations over which rest of the arabic grammar knowledge will be built when you will read the text with the teacher. Essentially the biggest transformation that I experienced is that I believe this that yes arabic can be learnt and there is a time tested method with a very systematic approach and  is available  to me through this program to which I have subscribed and I will succeed in this mission. learning arabic in a ye

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  20. I studied arabic at a traditional institute of islamic education and yet, due to my personal feeling of failure in this area, I had no hope in the matter and I would always try my best to avoid confronting the Arabic grammar for the fear of not really knowing anything at all; from the concepts to the rules, I was clueless. I went to Makkah Mukarramah recently and I begged Allah SWT infront of the Ka’ bah to help me understand ‘Arbi ka Muallim’ which is an arabic grammar book in urdu. I feel that AlhamduliLLah my duas have been answered in the form of Mufti Saab and Shariah Program. Now, when I study the kitab after studying with Shariah program, it is almost as though Allah SWT has lifted the veil from my heart and everything is so much more clearer. I am no longer scared of arabic grammar, in fact now, I absolutely thrive upon it. and even without thinking duas from the bottom of my heart come out for mufti Saab for doing such a great favour upon the Muslim Ummah today. And yes, it’s a nice thought to win.. But my comment is not really for winning… I just wanted to tell you how much shariah program actually means to me. JazakAllah

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  21. For the first time in over 50 years it gave me the courage to teach the
    Arabic Alphabet in a uniquely creative way to those who believe they’re too
    old to learn how to read the Qur’an, too shy to approach traditional
    institutions, and too set in their ways to try something new. With your
    specific approach which is light years ahead of others combined with my
    unique structural alignment life coaching modality, I am able to provide an
    innovative way of helping this specific niche market find their way to the
    ‘water well’. In a way it has helped me articulate one of my passions – To
    help others access a higher level of thinking and holding a higher intention
    as part of their journey to the stream.

    M. Amien Jacobs

    +27 83 564 0798

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  22. Assalamu Aleikkum wa Rahumatullahi wa Barakkattuhu.

    It gives me immense pleasure to write few words about this program and share it with my fellow brothers and sisters (of knowledge seekers).

    I have recently started my journey (again) in the pursuit of learning ARABIC in the fastest and quickest way (in a systematic manner). As with any other search in Google, I had found few programs and started comparing it from various perspectives that could suit me in all practical aspects.

    Masha Allah, within ‘15 minutes’ of watching the free videos of ShariaProgram, I had found it superior in imparting the language with the intention of providing the course in the best way possible (proven approach) using the state-of-the-art teaching methodology (and technology). I am sure that you would also agree with me after watching these videos, Insha Allah.

    Being a novice to this program and watching the introduction video series (shorter in length of 15, 20 minutes) and within the first couple of weeks of my study, I could easily understand the construct of the language and able to comprehend it while reading and listening to conversations.

    This course is recommended for everyone who is in the pursuit of learning the ARABIC language very seriously. Insha Allah, with the best intention and the help of Allah, one day (not too far from today), one can become the master of this language.

    End of the day, we need a result-oriented program that works & suits for us and worth spending the effort and time.

    Further, one can see the effort put behind this program with the only intention of making the Arabic learning as simple as possible and provided various option for tuition fee (that is affordable by the students at all levels), as well.

    Finally, the crew (of ShariaProgram) is very professional, committed and can realize their effort in constantly improving the Program with the intention of spreading the knowledge (to the whole umma) of what they have learned by making it simpler.

    Insha Allah, let us start our journey today with ShariaProgram and benefit the rewards.

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  23. The biggest transformation that I have experienced is the reality that not in the too distant future, Insha Allah I will get direct access to Fiqh books that previously I only dreamt of reading in Arabic. The feeling is one of cheerfulness annihilating despondence, happiness overcoming a relative sadness and hope prevailing over skepticism about whether I would be able to master the Arabic language. If you haven’t registered for the course, you are surely missing out.

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  24. Assalaamu’alaykum,

    I have hope to do what I want to achieve, especially in quenching my thirst for knowledge. December 2012, when I first read the Arabic Acceleration Report, I knew it was an impressive calling card to seize this opportunity to make sure I could satisfy one of my childhood wants to master this language.

    Alhamdulillah, Allah (s.w.t) made it possible for me to enroll for the Early-Bird Registration program for the March 2013 class.

    Soon, I started to watch all the videos and foundations. Within each unexpected and clarified understanding which this program had to offer, I felt I would definitely blaze a trail for myself.

    For the first three weeks, I’ve been able to learn and understand Arabic more than I have learnt in nine years of schooling. My grades in the Arabic language was not too good. At that time, there was always mass confusion on the grammar terms and concepts and this is because the teachers did not use the right approach to teach Arabic. Amazed, I became to discover how easy and delectable it was to learn Arabic.

    As Mufti Yusuf said, the ”complex to simple method” is the best route to learn Arabic; in other words, less is more!
    I was exposed to the broader picture but with a magnifier each time I had to make use of it and the application of the language felt more sensible and realistic, which bridges gaps, dissolve forgetfulness, reverberating memorization and loops.

    Moreover, with the 80/20 principle, I was able to benefit learning just like the scholars learnt over the centuries. This approach looks into the Arabic language and isolate from it a core and a central theme.

    Interestingly, it’s those aspects which bring us back to the Arabic language’s sprouting and remind us of its daily application and beauty; as in just listening to the Qur’an and understanding it. Not so close fully understand everything however, but Insha Allah, in the near future, it will be as enriching as my mind had conceived it.

    Last Ramadan was a special one for me, it actually took a lion’s part of all the other past Ramadan’s memories in my life. Alhamdulillah, I was able to catch the meaning of some Quranic verses when listening to the Imam; sometimes only words or fragments of sentences but it was gratifying.

    Shariah program is a huge opportunity for me to learn something which always matter to me; it’s a core part of my religious approach to life and convictions as well. Someone said: ‘do what you love, and love what you do’, so here I am, doing something that passionate me as in the way of learning Classical Arabic.

    Wassalam,

    B. Samiihah

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  25. M'barek Martin Bentz

    Wa alaikoum salamwa rahmatullah

    I pray that Allah blesses you and your support staff for creating this program. You deserve special duas during our observation of this holy month of Hijr.

    By the grace of Allah I accepted Islam 17 years ago and completed Hajj 11 years ago. Despite years of trying to learn Arabic as a new Muslim, this year, all Ramadan I prayed that Allah would give me the ability finally to learn Arabic properly. I prayed to be able at last to understand in Arabic the Holy Quran, the hadith of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the books of the sages who try faithfully to clarify the wisdom therein. I have always had to read a translation and transliteration next to the Arabic texts. I had tried for so many years to dedicate myself to one Arabic teaching course after another. Even though I had ostensibly understood the basics and could read, I always failed to stay with the program. I prayed Allah would give me the strength and wisdom to complete finally a full Arabic course.

    By Allah’s grace after Ramadan I was guided to your site while confirming the qibla direction in my room. I looked up your site immediately and dove into the introductory videos. Within two days I signed up for the full course. Since the premium course starts only in November 2013 I decided to go through the Foundation course for fun. The transformation I experienced is the joy I have in wanting to go to the next lesson and the next. I learned so much in the Foundation that was never explained to me before in all the previous courses. Subhan Allah I am finally thrilled with anticipation that I can truly learn Arabic. I now have less apprehension or confusion since you have already made clear basic principles on how the language is constructed and written.

    May Allah bless you and your team for the gift of on-going knowledge to so many students. I pray that your out-reach increases daily. I look forward to the day by Allah’s grace, and your help, insha Allah I can truly understand and speak Arabic correctly.

    Jazakoum Allah khair – maa salama

    Martin Bentz / M’barek
    Massachusetts, USA

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  26. Assalam Alaykum
    With all honesty i find it very difficult to have a definite response here. i would rather tell a small story.
    i enrolled into the program a little over a year now..how ? i was surfing the internet and stumbled upon this video a few minutes long which actually explained Arabic grammar in such a way somewhat different from what you would find anywhere else. it was a presentation of the grammatical meanings and implications of the simple Arabic word ISTANSORU,Two things came to my mind..firstly, the speakers eloquence and the debt of his knowledge of the subject matter evidenced in his presentation is undeniable. Secondly, it dawned on me that this might just be a lifetime opportunity to learning Arabic grammar, a feat which has eluded me for so long after several attempt.
    I took the bold step and enrolled into the program… i would download the lectures and listen to it on my tablet, i remembered a conversation i had with a friend only few weeks into the lectures, it was a wonderful one, not only that i was able to share ideas with someone who has been learning for close to two years, i was also correcting certain errors of his..this was true amazing to me.
    I have attended several Arabic courses before enrolling for the program and a couple of others while in the program..the system is by far the best, it is well thought out. For example in most of the Arabic schools you have around, you dont start ihraab untill the second or third years of class but with the shariah program you start as early as the third week and your understanding skyrockets from 0 to 40% in a little over 7-8 weeks. May the Almighty SWT bless mufti Yusuf Mullan(fouder and tutor shariah program), continue to increase him in beneficial knowledge and grant him success in this life and the next, he has really invested a lot towards the success of so many of us who wish to understand the language of the Quran. The method he has come up with is like nothing i have ever experienced. Sad to say that i am only about 10 weeks into the materials after a long time due to personal reasons but this 10 weeks of lectures have been the best in my life so far. Once i remember the shariah program, my mind remain at ease knowing that the best tool to understanding the Quran is at my fingertips masha Allah. I feel obliged to be my brothers keeper by inviting them to enroll for the program.
    Those of us who have experienced this would only be unfair if we fail to invite others to benefit from this wonderful fit. For me it is not about getting the ultimate price but more about spreading the word so that others can partake and equally benefit.
    Lastly, i had a wonderful personal experience with mufti which exemplify his kindness, honesty and determination to spread his wealth of knowledge across which further endeared me to the program. May Allah ease our affairs and make it easy to fulfill our obligation.

    Abass

    Doha Qatar

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  27. Assalaamu’alaikum wa rahmatullah,

    My husband Daud, who recited the Qur’aan by the time he was fifteen, and myself, a european muslim convert, have always loved very much to pray together. My fascination for Islam, the culture, the way of life it stands for, dates from my long journey as a medical student to Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.
    And that is quite a while ago!

    After three serious attempts to learn the language had failed, I gave up, and learned a number of the verses of the Holy Qur’aan by transliteration, and by listening to great reciters, with Daud’s generous support. That was comforting.

    Then I joined this program- Al-Hamdu lillāh – that quickly surpassed my wildest expectations: serious, thorough, to the point and still friendly to an anxious beginner like me. I had at last found the right way to make progress, inchah’Allāh.

    Last week I opened the Qur’aan and I could actually READ the verses I had learned so patiently to recite, my heart jumped, tears in my eyes, it was such an emotional moment!

    My husband says I radiate happiness ( he does, too ), and our prayer times are pure magic, just imagine us reciting: “Ihdinā-s-sirāta-l-Mustaqim”…..

    Amira

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  28. Nor Azlina Mohammad Rashid

    The Biggest Transformation In Me

    Bismillahi AlRahmaani AlRahiim
    Alhamdilillahi Wassolatu Wassalamu A’la Sayyidil Mursaliin Waa’la Aalihi Waasbihi Ajmai’in

    Praise to Allah for allowing me to join this blessed fraternity in which I feel so much like a family who seriously give attention and nasihah whenever needed to hold everyone’s hand entering jannah. The moment I join this program, I knew the people who develop such a beautiful learning curriculum are serious, intense and sincere to impart the Divine Knowledge of Allah in me. They made me aware of my weakness and disciplined me with my time.

    The biggest transformation I had was the huge momentum which forcefully and almost continuously pushing me to commit myself as lifelong seeker of Allah’s knowledge and melt down all my feeling of takabbur and ujub in me which I knew would hinder me from acquisition of true knowledge. Suddenly I feel younger , stronger and greedy to learn knew lessons almost everyday. Everytime I finished watching new videos or reading new transcripts, I could feel something installed within me and inspire me to learn more and more.

    Since then I would examine each phrases of Al Quran which I recite and perceive the beauty of Quranic language. As a medical scientist I can’t help it but perceive the language like an experiment and compare the meaning with my diagnostic eyes, MashaAllah, the feeling is like a light projecting through a dark whole and could see the distant object clearer and clearer as I go on. I wish I could share this beautiful experience with someone but no words could accurately describe the feeling of syukur but yet asking for more and more from Allah. Ya Allah please secure this light for me until I see Your Wajh and Your beloved Prophet in the Jannah.

    To Sheikh and all team members of the program, please bear with some awkward questions from me. Please forgive me for all the possible wrong deeds. Ya Allah ,please shower my teacher and his team with Your Mercy and Blessing and take care of themselves and family. Ameen.

    Nor Azlina Mohammad Rashid

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  29. I love people who think out of the box and not follow old rules.
    MOOCs like Shariah program, Islamic online University, Coursera, Udacity and lynda are the future of education.
    Gone are the days to be enclosed in university building for years.

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  30. Hi,
    I’ve just made a cool Arabic Alphabet Chart and now I’m sharing it with people who have Arabic language blogs. If you would like to use it, just go here and grab it.

    http://www.speakoutlanguages.com/how-to-write-the-arabic-alphabet/

    I just ask that if you use it you put a link back to my site.

    Have a great day,

    Ryan

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  31. hariah Program is one of most unique and well-organized Arabic teaching program I have studied with. For past 6 years I have been trying to learn Arabic with many local scholars and online options but all with no success. I have studied from books like al-kitaabul Asasi, Madina books, and Arabic Tutors but all are limited in nature. Some very slow paced and others with lots of memorization. After years of study I was still not able to read or analyze a basic Qasas book since I couldn’t put it together. I eventually joined with Mufti Mullan and couldn’t be happier.

    Shariah Program from get-go brings you in practical culture. It involves you in the analysis with very minimum memorization and builds the concepts along the way. Keeping a good balance of theory and practical – which is a concept we are all well aware of in our colleges in science courses.

    My accomplishment in just 6 months is that I am able to analyze a somewhat complex nested structure with ease. And when I read Quran or a Hadith, for most simple to medium complex structures, I am able to understand the grammar and can identify the I’raabs, which is amazing.

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  32. For those frustrated and unsucessfull students who have always been wishing for some miracle to happen, this programme is THE MIRACLE.

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  33. Assalamoalaikum
    I want to enroll in this course … I am not finding where to enroll in this course from ?
    kindly provide me with details of this course

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  34. Please send an email to helpdesk [at] shariahprogram.ca and someone will get in touch with you shortly.

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  35. As salaamu alaykum. I would like to know how many it costs to join the 2-years-course and the one if 6 months.

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  36. There’s no “6 month intensive” being offered currently. That one was $5,000 and people flew in from out of town and lived here in the Toronto area for it. 6 full months, full-time study.

    It’s not being offered for the next couple of years while we focus on perfecting the online program.

    As for the online program, tuition works out to under $100/month.

    You can watch the presentation that speaks about it by getting on the early-bird mailing list here:

    http://arabic.shariahprogram.ca/early-bird/

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  37. I would like to chime in on this one. I have been a student at Shariah Program in the past. I’d like to begin by thanking Mufti Yusuf for his efforts. I benefitted a lot from them.

    That said, almost every review here is a glowing one, and it does not give a fair representation of the program.

    As I said, I benefited immensely. However, I already spoke, read and wrote arabic before joining the program. I had studied for a few years prior to enrollment and need something that would help me use what I already knew. This is not a typical situation.

    Based on my communications with other students, as well as my own observations I would like to add more perspective to the reviews.

    1. It is NOT for everyone. It is very intense, and you jump into a lot of grammar and vocabulary very quickly. Again, for those who know a lot of this already, this is awesome. If you are new, it can be very intimidating and high stress. You need to quickly pick up this vocabulary as well as figure out case, gender etc. Not everyone can handle this intensive learning. If you have family or job, really think about how many hours you can dedicate to this.

    2 The drop out rate of this program is very high. I don’t remember exact numbers, so I won’t go there, but while the beginning of the program might be full, after about 3-4 weeks a lot of students go missing each week and never return (at least to the live classes). Please do not think that every single student agrees with these “shariah program is the best thing ever” reviews.

    3. Very few people participate in the live classes. As in 2-3 students per class. Obviously that isn’t the instructors fault, but it is worth noting.

    4. Mufti Yusuf is very confident about his program. That is good for the most part. The way he expresses it though can be very intimidating. He frequently mentions that his program is the “best in the world” and it doesn’t come off well to many students. The tone in which he puts it suggests that the program and instruction is above reproach, so if you don’t learn from it then it must be that you are not trying hard enough.

    6. I observed on the message boards that in the first couple of weeks of the program there are lots of comments stating how wonder SP is. Then many of those users disappear after a few more weeks. I imagine it is that the material gets very challenging after about week 4, but that is just a guess.

    All that said, I definitely agree that the teaching is unique. I’ve never seen Arabic taught this way, and if it works for you, I believe it will work wonders, but if it doesn’t, you might end up feeling pretty lousy about your own abilities. I, personally, would only suggest this to students who could already read pretty well, and know some grammar as well. I would also suggest beginning when you are offered a money-back trial so you can see for yourself.

    I know that Shariah Program is an advertiser here, and I don’t mean to bash them. However, in the spirit of transparency, it is only fair to consider all sides of the program. I hope my comments will be taken in that spirit.

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    • You mentioned about “message board” which means you’re speaking about 2009 or around then?

      Have you gone through the “series of 4 videos” and 45 page report, which is what attracts people to our program now?

      First, it’s representative of my latest presentations and teaching style… and it’s free.

      But more importantly, this free series contains the most complex and elaborate topics of the language in the span of a couple of hours… so what’s happening really is we’re attracting the students most likely to benefit the most and keeping away others for whom the method isn’t appropriate.

      Having said that, I’d disagree with the statement that this is only appropriate for students who know a lot of grammar already. Totally false. This very question was posed to hundreds of people during one of our registration periods when we had thousands of people watching the videos at the same time… and here are the replies:

      http://learnarabiconline.com/ArabicAccelerationSupplement.pdf

      I often refer to a particular grammar text as ‘the best book in the world for grammar’.. It’s just a book that is taught in madrasas.. I’ve used this phrase in conjunction with this book and that’s all.

      What the program does is highlighted in the article… and this is what I try and communicate.

      Finally, there’s a 90 day unconditional guarantee that’s now a standard part of registration.

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    • I am a current student of the Shariah Program. I think the criticisms mentioned by Sister Janah have more to do with the attitude and dedication of each individual student than Mufti Yusuf or the program itself. The fact of the matter is that learning to read to Arabic will require a certain level of dedication and effort from the student. The program provides plenty of resources in the form of recorded lectures, transcripts, additional notes, and TA office hours. I think the onus falls on the student to use the resources and put in the time to learn. This is especially true for an online learning medium.

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    • Assalamualykum

      Just a quick post.. I was a Shariah Program student back in 2009, and still around. Back then it was only audio recordings and live classes (and I loved it), contrasting it to now where all the material has been reproduced twice over the last 3 years. Each reporoduction of the material actually takes into account the feedback by students. Now there are videos, transcripts, additional resources to cater for different learning styles.

      Commenting on the the program being “the best in the world”, Mufti Yusuf refers to the book Hidaayatun Nahw as the “best book in the world for grammar”. I’ve never actually heard him mention that the program is “the best in the world”, and I’ve attended many many classes, heard and watched almost majority the audio and videos since 2009.

      I do think the material is beginner friendly, because there is a self-paced version of the program, so students can study in their own time and pace. This gives total beginners a chance to go through the material as many times as they need to before moving forward. With the live classes, if any student feels they’re falling behind or things are getting too much, then all students are entitled to a free restart of semester 1, so they can review the material and attend the live classes from the beginning again. All that said, each registration comes with a money back guarantee. Students have 30 or 90 days to decide whether the program is right for them.

      The way I see it is the top 35 comments are a testament to how the program is now. There are many students who have been around with the Shariah Program for a long time. Many students end up upgrading their subscription for lifetime access to live classes so they can stick around beyond 2 years. Sister Janah may have enrolled pre-2010, so the points may be valid for then. But since there has been so much improvement and refining of the material, alhamdulillah.

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  38. Shariah programme is the easiest and simplest way to learn Arabic for English speaking people.

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  39. Wow, perfectly orchestrated. Love it. But this whole post and the subsequent reviews look so scammy-ish although I’m sure shariah program is great but you dont have to go this far and do all these gimicks if you know what i mean.

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    • My sentiments exactly, thank you brother in Islam.

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    • With a billion muslims, half maybe not speaking arabic, at $3 a month, that’s a lotta money to earn, shoot even only 3 million muslims at $3 a month, is a lotta money… I would send the rest $95 to my account with Allah, the good lord knows i need that most !

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    • Oh and there’s a deadline tonight for half price, is this MLM, or some type of get rich quick scheme (spiritually speaking), or to be able to teach the words of Allah with finesse, a gift if you possess, are pretty much abusing it, in my eyes. May God be with you, to whom it may concern.

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      • The program is appropriately priced and there’s definitely a correlation between the financial commitment one makes and the results they ultimately achieve.

        To the point that, for those that can afford it, it would be a disservice to remove the fee.

        It also keeps away tire kickers and time wasters or those who are just philosophically opposed to paying for education.

        And I can go on and on about this topic…

        The point though is that there’s actual teaching that happens before any offer is made. A tremendous amount of teaching in fact. One should opt-in, get the free material and just learn. Study it all. Sign up if they feel the value proposition is sound. Otherwise, pass.

        Not much more to say.

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    • I actually can’t control the comments people post. We have a lot of students and when an article like this goes up, people find out. They come to read it and then they post.

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  40. As a former student, I agree with everything mentioned by Janah above.

    I also don’t believe nor trust most of the so called testimonials. Have a read around the internet they’re all suspiciously worded similarly.One testimonial above uses the word ‘miracle’.

    There used to be a shariahprogram advert on this website along the lines of ‘engage Ibn Taymiyyah at his level’ that just says it all about how misleading this all is.

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    • As a current student I DISAGREE! Tabarak Allaah the Shariah Program crew have put in a lot of effort and in my opinion the fees are worth it. It is well organised and the content plus teaching is top-notch. I am a real student, not a fake testimonial guy!

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