Arabic through the Qur'an Course Overview
The Arabic through the Qur’an course by Arabic Gems is a complete online course in Qur’anic Arabic that aims to deliver to the student an unparalleled experience in the English medium by which they will not only learn to how to access the surface meaning of the Qur’an, but also introduce them to aspects of balaghah (Arabic stylistic studies) which will also enable them to search for and understand deeper layers of the meaning. The course is loosely based on the book Arabic Through the Qur’an by Professor Alan Jones. In addition, Arabic Gems has developed its own resources and handouts that are provided to the students on a weekly basis, which are more in line with the clarity of presentation and explanation that Arabic Gems has come to be known for. By the end of the third term, students will be able to grammatically analyse (perform i'raab) and understand the meaning and construction of about 90% of Qur’anic verses, such as 33:36
وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلَا مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَمْرًا أَن يَكُونَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ ۗ وَمَن يَعْصِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا مُّبِينًا
وَإِذَا رَأَيْتَ الَّذِينَ يَخُوضُونَ فِي آيَاتِنَا فَأَعْرِضْ عَنْهُمْ حَتَّىٰ يَخُوضُوا فِي حَدِيثٍ غَيْرِهِ ۚ وَإِمَّا يُنسِيَنَّكَ الشَّيْطَانُ فَلَا تَقْعُدْ بَعْدَ الذِّكْرَىٰ مَعَ الْقَوْمِ الظَّالِمِينَ
i.e. they will be able to classify each word, define its position in the sentence and its case, and identify the roots of the various words and thus give a very accurate translation of the meaning of the ayah. Each week there is a set amount of homework to complete, including but not restricted to:
- a weekly test
- translation of Qur’anic verses
- a short research assignment
- some consolidation work
- weekly vocab to learn
Students must understand that they will need to dedicate 5-7 hours per week in order to complete this and learn the previous week’s lesson. With this commitment they can expect rapid results. Students who feel they cannot make this commitment weekly should opt for the self-paced route of study. All work will be marked with feedback provided and/or an answer key provided.
The main Arabic through the Qur’an course can be taken either full time (over 1 year) in which they view the class via a recorded session then complete work according to set deadlines, or through a self-paced option where the deadlines are to be set by students.
The first level of the Arabic through the Qur’an course, in which students are introduced to the most fundamental and widely used constructions in grammar, providing them with the essential foundations necessary to build upon in later levels. Topics covered this term include but are not restricted to: Nouns and Adjectives, Nominal sentences, Gender, Case, Number, Prepositions, Pronouns, Demonstratives, the Idafa, Perfect verbs, conjugation of hollow verbs, and cardinal numbers.
Continuation of the course, with the introduction of key topics of rhetorical studies (balaghah) through selected verses, that will help enable the student to dig further into the Qur’an and unlock the deeper layers of meaning. Topics covered this term include but are not restricted to: Verb forms, the Imperfect verb, Interrogatives, Inna and her sisters, the subjunctive and jussive moods, relative sentences, the conjugation of weak verbs, and the elative.
This term sees the completion of the course and introduces the listener to listening comprehension exercises. Topics covered this term include but are not restricted to: The vocative, the Imperative, ordinal numbers, the passive, conditionals, nouns in the accusative, and exclamations and oaths.
This term seeks to consolidate knowledge learnt through its practical application to various Qur’anic verses, selected hadith, selections from works of tafseer and major works that deal with the sciences of the Qur’an. Students are further encouraged to practically apply their knowledge of balaghah to extract Qur’anic gems from the extracts provided.
Upcoming Class Dates and Timings
The entire course is held over one year: 38 teaching weeks which are divided into three terms, with end of term and study breaks in between each. Currently our courses are offered via the self-paced option, which is through viewing recordings of the lessons and completing the rest of the work assigned as in the regular course. Students have the maximum of one year to complete each term.
- Full-time (via recording): £125 /per term (£330 for one-year course))
- Self-Paced (deadlines are to be set by students and the course is completed via recordings of the live classes): £125 /per term (£375 for one-year course))
Students need only to know how Arabic letters are joined together so that they can read. Even if a student reads slowly, they will find that their reading automatically speeds up with time and practice.