Keep Calm and Study Arabic

November 14, 2014

lp.aspx-4I’ve been studying Arabic now for about a month. It’s had some intense ups and downs and at times I’ve wanted to give up and go home. Yesterday I was in a cab and I told him -in Arabic, where I had to go. He said to me “What’s your language English or Arabic?”, “English” I replied. To which he said, “then you should stick to English”. I have to say I wanted to agree with him. Why did I come all this way to learn this Arabic that couldn’t be more dissimilar from my native English. And yet I mustered up the courage to say, “No, in sha Allah, I’ll learn”. Because Arabic isn’t just about learning a new language, it’s about obtaining a very valuable key towards the sacred text of the Quran, the sacred words of the hadith and the sacred words of many knowledgeable men and women who only speak Arabic. Arabic isn’t about gaining a quaint new skill. Arabic is about Allah, that’s why I’m still going.

On this journey I could not have continued my Arabic studies without the financial help of my parents and the help of Aminah Knight, Faatimah Knight, Fahad Sultan, Idris Conry, J’nelle Simone, Jabbar Abdullah, Makeda Knight, Nsenga Knight and Nzinga Knight. Through your financial support of over $1750 I have been a able to continue my studies here in Amman, Jordan. I am also blessed to be given the ability to pay Rumman Academy in two parts, making the payment easier, and receiving a partial scholarship from Qasid Institute for my next semester of studies. All these blessings make it easy for me to go on despite my difficulties in acquiring this new language. I’m here studying not only for me, but for you. In hopes that I can teach Arabic to others, whether online or in person and maybe even be an inspiration for someone pursuing sacred knowledge for themselves.

I still need your help. My abilities to acquire this beautiful language are greatly handicapped because of my inability to take accompanying tajweed classes (proper pronunciation of letters). I would also like to pursue a third level of Arabic, Spring semester, once the Winter semester is finish and maximize my time here until I return home to New York. As an added incentive I will be giving away a small ‘Keep Calm and Study Arabic’ gift (created by me for you) to those who donate $50 or more. But the greatest gift is from Allah, the one who rewards those who do good and those who help others do good.

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessing upon him) said, “One who proceeds on a path in the pursuit of knowledge, God makes him proceed therewith on a path to the Garden (Paradise). And, verily, the angels spread their wings for the seekers of knowledge out of delight. Verily, every creature of the heaven and the earth asks forgiveness for the seeker of knowledge, even the fish in the sea. The merit of the ‘alim (the learned) over the ‘abid (the devout) is like the merit of the moon over the stars on a full-moon night. The learned are the heirs of the prophets, for the prophets did not leave behind a legacy of wealth but that of knowledge. So whoever partakes of it derives a plenteous benefit.”


Donate $50 or more to my Arabic studies and you’ll receive one of the following gifts:






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