Quranic Arabic classes can provide some new insights into the language and the culture that surrounds it.
This form of the language is, of course, somewhat different than the Modern Standard Arabic that is used in everyday situations, but that is exactly why it can be helpful as you progress in your language learning. This new perspective can help you understand things in a new way and really grasp some important concepts.
At Arab Academy, we offer fun, engaging, and detailed Quranic Arabic courses that establish the foundation you need to build your language skills, study the Quran, and explore the culture.
A Closer Look at Your Coursework Options
The coursework for Quranic Arabic is divided into two different tracks.
- Quran Recitation and Tajweed
These classes are ideal for students who want to learn how to read and recite the Quran. Students will receive one-on-one lessons from highly qualified and experienced instructors who can take them through basics and get them ready to understand many of the nuances of the language.
This one-on-one experience means that the teacher can tailor their instruction to meet the needs of the student.
We normally begin with the various tajweed rules – the reading rules that are intended for those who are studying the Quran. This ensures that slight mispronunciations won’t dramatically change the meaning of the words (which is a possibility in Arabic).
You will start to apply these rules when reciting verses from the Quran and our instructors will help you understand what each word and phrase means. Our online learning system also allows the student to simply click on any word in a chapter to learn its translation and hear it spoken.
The course also includes a color-coded tajweed rule key, so the student can get an explanation of why each rule applies to each different word.
- Stories of the Prophet
These classes are more focused on telling engaging stories and learning Quranic Arabic by hearing the stories that relate to six prophets. This gives students a way to hear and speak this form of Arabic without focusing too much on the tajweed rules.
The stories that we cover will begin with the first prophet, Adam, and then cover the rest in chronological order. We’ve split this course into two classes:
Biography of the Prophet 101: This class will also cover the birth of Muhammad, his childhood, his return to his people, and more. Expect around 80 hours to complete this course.
Biography of the Prophet 102: In this class, the stories will include Muhammad’s marriage to Khadija, the descent of Gabriel, Muhammad and Mecca’s reception of the word of God, and Muhammad’s emigration to Medina. It will require another 80 hours to complete this course.
Do You Need to Know Modern Standard Arabic First?
While you don’t have to be fluent in MSA, we do encourage our students to have a good understanding of the predominant form of Arabic (especially if you’re starting really young). There are a couple important reasons for this:
The first reason is simply that Modern Standard Arabic is the form of the language that will help you in everyday situations, from conversing with your neighbors to ordering food at a restaurant. While the people you’re speaking to will understand what you’re saying in Quranic Arabic, it isn’t exactly what people use in these common interactions.
The second reason is that a firm grounding in the most common form of the language will help you see and understand the differences in it and classical Arabic. More importantly, you’ll understand why those differences matter.
Will These Courses Help You Learn Arabic?
These classes are designed to give you a whole new perspective on the language.
Will studying the Quran in Arabic improve your current skills?
We believe it will. Sometimes, a new perspective on a language can be critical to your studies because, just like any other skill, you can practice and practice but, after a while, you may start to plateau.
When you hear the same words, the same phrases, and find yourself in the same situations, your language skills will only go so far.
When you dive into another form of the language – one that has very clear ties to both the modern language usage and the culture at large – you can move past that plateau and discover new things about the language that will help you take your skills to new levels.
An Introduction to More than Language
These courses do more than just introduce a student to a different form of the language. The Quran is an important part of the culture, and by learning to read it in its original language, each student can gain some insights into more than vocabulary and grammar.
You can sign up for these online courses today or contact us to learn more about our Quranic Arabic classes.