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First Time Visiting Home!

Ever since we first arrived in Egypt, I had been planning to visit home at least once during our program. As the months passed I grew more and more eager to return home and see my family. I had it in my head that I wouldn't be able to go more than 4 ...
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Who Are You?

I have friends that left to go study abroad and didn't visit their family's back home until the end of their studies. For some, that only meant a year or two, but for others it meant 10 years. I'm not entirely sure my mother would forgive me if I dec...
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8th Month Study Abroad Update

I'm pleased to say that we've now been studying here in Egypt for almost 9 months.It feels like an amazing feat and the progress we've made is really starting to show. Everything from reaching the 8th level in our text 'Bayna Yadayk', to being able t...
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It's not as easy as it looks

"It's not as easy as it looks," I think that's what I would tell students interested in studying Arabic abroad. Not to discourage them but to be real with them. A lot of people come abroad with this unreal expectation of what it means to...
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A Lesson from Our Weekly Suhba

Every few weeks I am blessed with the opportunity to gather with other students from around Cairo and to enjoy each other's company all while receiving an essential spiritual reminder from our shaykh. This past week, Shaykh discussed the importance o...
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Renewing Your Intention

Over the past few weeks I've felt myself getting a bit tired. The constant repetition of classes, morning and evening. The constant memorization of new terminology, vocabulary, Ayat, texts from books of Fiqh and poetry from poems of Tajweed and Theol...
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Connecting with Egypt

A few weeks ago, I decided to start taking a class in Calligraphy at this little school located near Masjid al-Azhar. I was ecstatic about starting, as I've always wanted to learn Arabic Calligraphy, and this school came highly recommended by a frien...
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These Sins Will Destroy You

We don't always think about the repercussions of our actions. In fact, when you read the word "repercussion", you probably think of someone going to jail for murder or something severe. Small actions that we do daily tend to be overlooked and oftenti...
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It's All About What You Put Into It

Not much has to be said on the topic of studying Arabic that hasn't been said already in the last few posts or by a plethora of speakers on the subject. Though there is one thing I believe needs to be said: "It's all about what you put into it."I've ...
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Biggest Differences: Living in Egypt Vs. America

After being in Egypt for five months now, I feel like I've gotten a pretty good grasp on the Egyptian lifestyle. It differs greatly from that of an American lifestyle, (i.e. the only lifestyle I've ever known). Here are some of the key differences ab...
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This was a tough one.

Month 4 coincided with Ramadan. I had heard so much about how exciting Ramadan was here in Egypt prior to my arrival here. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for me, I'm quite the boring individual and felt no need to traverse the streets of Cairo lookin...
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Ramadan Kareem from Egypt!

We are now approaching the 4 month mark of our stay here in Egypt! I'm ecstatic that we've made it thus far. In the beginning, I was worried about how time would pass slowly and the days would feel so long, and how being away from home would be unbea...
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Are we there yet?

Not too long ago, one of my teachers Sh. Abdul Wahab Saleem posted the following online, "Grammar, morphology, vocabulary and rhetoric are necessary subjects for the student of Islamic studies. However, a very few pay serious attention to this. For t...
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The Traditional Fanoos and DIY Ramadan Lanterns

In many Muslim countries, particularly Egypt, it is common to decorate for Ramadan with a fanoos (plural: fawanees). These traditional lanterns are made from metal and often have multi-colored glass and beautiful and unique shapes and patterns.C...
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3 Months and Counting!

I can't believe it's already been 3 months since my husband and I arrived here in Egypt. What an amazing journey it's been so far! We've experienced many ups and downs, but overall our time here was been incredible.In the past three months, we've cov...
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I Speak Arabic!

Unfortunately, Islamophobia is on the rise these days and with it, an increased suspicion of the Arabic language itself.Instead of being seen as the everyday language of hundreds of millions of people across many countries, including Christians and p...
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It's Too Early To Give Up

So it's been 2 months since classes have started and I'm officially going through the "this-language-is-kicking-my-rearend phase". Let us be realistic for a moment and get over the romanticized notion that learning the Arabic language is the key for ...
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First time Arabic Student

I chose to study Arabic for the sole reason of getting to know my Creator better. Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) revealed the Qur'an to mankind in Arabic and filled the language with beauty and eloquence unmatched by any other language. ...
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Why Studio Arabiya?

July 18th, 2010 was the day I decided that it would be better for me to submit to the will of God than for me to be one who submits to the will of my desires. That is when my journey into Islam and subsequently of Islamic knowledge becam...
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How to Speak...

How to Speak...
I came across this lovely image the other day on Muslim writer and teacher Zaufishan's page, quoting some of the exhortations in the Quran on how we should speak:   Sr. Zaufishan says: "Allah uses the word Ehsaan frequently due to its multiple meanings. Coming from the root Ha-sa-na (hassan), the most basic definition of Ehsaan...
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