Category Archives: Links

Websites you can benefit from, from an Islamic perspective.

ArabicGems

For those who have a little bit of understanding about the Arabic language, or wish to deepen their understanding, you may wish to venture into the ArabicGems blog.

This blog covers different gems gleaned from the Qur’an based on the Arabic language. Subhanallah, it really helps you realize the miraculous nature of the Qur’an–how every phrase or even word articulates waves of meaning, and how translations don’t even begin to convey everything. It really should motivate us to learn the language of the Qur’an.

May Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) bless them for their incredible work and increase us all in our depth of understanding of the Qur’an, ameen!

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Qur’anic Word of the Day

Learning Arabic? Trying to memorize the Qur’an? Then inshaAllah you’ll find this Yahoo Groups beneficial: Qur’anic Word of the Day.

Every day, the administrator sends out a word–Arabic and english–as well as references to two ayat in the Qur’an that contain the word (transliteration and translation). Very beneficial mashaAllah.

Also, for those new to Yahoo! Groups, they’re like public mailing lists. You can configure your settings so you receive an email daily, or a digest weekly, or no email (and you browse from the site). The QWOTD list contains archives, so you can check out digests dating back to January 2006.

So take a look inshaAllah and see if you like it.

By the way, yesterday’s word is Al-Khabiyr (الْخَبِي): The Aware. One of the names of Allah. The root word is khabar (خَبَر), which means news.

In Surah Al-Anaam, Allah (سبحانه وتعال) says:

وَهُوَ الْقَاهِرُ فَوْقَ عِبَادِهِ وَهُوَ الْحَكِيمُ الْخَبِيرُ

Translation: He is Al-Qaahir (the Omnipotent) over His slaves, and He is Al-Hakim (the Wise), Al-Khabir (the Knower). [Surah Al-An’aam, verse 18]1

Later in Surah Al-An’aam, Allah (سبحانه وتعال) says:

لاَّ تُدْرِكُهُ الأَبْصَارُ وَهُوَ يُدْرِكُ الأَبْصَارَ وَهُوَ اللَّطِيفُ الْخَبِيرُ

Translation: Vision comprehendes Him not, but He comprehends (all) vision. He is Al-Lateef (the Subtle), Al-Khabir (the Aware). [Surah Al-An’aam, verse 103]1

May Allah reward all those involved in the efforts and accept their work, ameen!

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References

(1) Khan, Lena. “AL-KHABIR (الْخَبِ) = THE AWARE.” QWOTD: Qur’anic Word of the Day. 21 July 2006. 22 July 2006 <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/QWOTD>.

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Etiquettes and Adab of Du’a (Supplication)

Learn all about the etiquettes and adab of du’a here. Highlights include:

  • Make du’a at times of trouble and of joy.
  • Repeat the du’a three times
  • Make du’a in a moderately low voice

And remember, with du’a, three things can occur:

  1. Allah can accept your du’a! Alhamdullilah.
  2. Allah will save it for you until the akhira.
  3. Allah will avert evil from you.

In any case, you benefit. Alhamdullilah.

References

“Etiquettes and Adab of Du’a.” Mutma’inaa. 2004. 16 Jan. 2006 <http://www.geocities.com/mutmainaa/dua1/dua_manner.html>.

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Learn Arabic from the Qur’an

One way to learn Arabic is to memorize the Qur’an with a word-by-word translation.

emuslim.com provides such a tool. Once you memorize a few (approximately 20-30) verses, you’ll find that other verses become decipherable, and familiar words leap at you everywhere you turn.

I recommend this method to everyone–for some, it’s the only way to memorize Qur’an.

Related Links: emuslim English word-for-word translation

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Lessons in Arabic Language

Islamic-Knowledge.com’s Lessons in Arabic Language website provides an online self-paced course for people to learn Arabic, in Arabic. It follows the famous three Medina Arabic books page by page, and displays translations and transliterations for every word used.

Unlike other online courses, this course teaches entirely in Arabic (minus the transliteration), similar to the way they teach Arabic at Al-Medina university. Although more difficult to learn than an English course, it forces the reader to think in Arabic, an advantage not offered by many other courses.

Related Links: islamic-knowledge.com

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MadinahArabic.com: Open the Portal to Learning Arabic

MadinahArabic.com teaches Arabic in the style of the Madinah Book Series, used to teach Arabic at Al-Medina university. The series style caters to English-speakers. The website follows a similar teaching paradigm.

The course walks you through the process step by step. They seperate the material into two sections: Arabic Reading Course, which teaches letters, and Arabic Language Course, which teaches grammar and vocabulary.

The course offers a self-paced and comprehensive approach. They provide new sections every few months. If you can read and pronounce your letters properly, I recommend you try the online courses.

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