‘Arabic through the Qur’an’ course

al-Salāmu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullāh,

Many of us would have listened to our Imams reciting Qur’an during Ramadhan, perhaps we would have witnessed their voices wavering at certain verses. Many of us at that point may have made dua to Allah to give us an understanding of these words that cause the hearts to quiver.  The position of the Qur’an in the life of the Muslim can not be overstated, and how much more so for the mothers of this Ummah who are the first school for their children, within whose embrace the child forms their first perceptions of the world that encompasses them. Ramadhan has now passed, but for the successful one its effects will in shaa’ Allaah remain and opportunities to develop and learn will now appear and enable us to progress, such that next year when our guest arrives at our door he will find us different, more welcoming better able to provide him with hosipitality – may Allah help us to do this…ameen.

Why study Arabic with Arabic Gems? From the words of our students, this is what makes Arabic Gems different:

  • Live lessons that are recorded to watch in your own time if you cannot make the live class
  • Handouts given of what is taught in class – minimises note-taking time so you can actually listen to the teacher
  • Weekly deadlines and testing to keep the student focused and motivated and to provide that bit of pressure that many students need
  • Constant support via our course forums, in which we can interact with other students and the teacher
  • Complete focus on the Qur’an – we love knowing that every word we are learning is going to help us understanding the Qur’an
  • The personal and general help available is quite unique
  • Teacher is highly motivational and more dedicated than any teacher I have ever seen
….and more that you really need to sign up to this course to experience for yourself! Limited spaces available, so make sure you dont miss out on the chance to make 2014 the year you learn to understand the word of your Lord.

Ola’s journey through the Arabic language and teaching experience

About the teacher of the brothers course – Dr Thanweer Farquhar

Course content, timings, commitments and fees


Anyone who joins the course must be aware that they have an obligation  and responsibility to ensure no men view or hear the class on their side.

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39 Responses to ‘Arabic through the Qur’an’ course

  1. Pls I want to learn. Pls Pls

  2. Salam,
    This course sounds really good……however I will not be able to do it at the present time….was wondering if you will repeat it next year?
    Was Salam

  3. Assalamualaikum Dear sister,
    Just wondering if its a right level for me to be in.
    I can read arabic fluently and have some knowledge of words and grammer.
    I would also like to know how much of Quran will I be able to understand on successful completion of this course, and will you be starting intermediate to advance level at any point.
    your keen sister in Islam!

  4. al-Salaamu ‘alaykum,

    Shaheda , at the present time there are plans to repeat the course next year, but we shall have to see closer to the time in shaa’ Allaah.

    Farha, being able to read Arabic is a prerequisite for the course. We will start assuming students have no knowledge of grammar but will progress quite rapidly, and you may find that the vocabulary you are required to learn is new quite early on. On successful completion of the course, you should be able to understand all of the Qur’an, other than some of the perhaps trickier sentence constructions (in which rhetorical devices have been employed). You will know all the grammar, but the students would then further be advised to study some basic balaghah as well.

    The course will be split into three trimesters, but I will not allow students to join from trimester 2 or 3, because the vocab and grammatical rules covered in class may not be the same as the ones they are already familiar with.

  5. Assalamualaikum wa rahamtullahe wa barakatuhu sister

    Where can the course book be purchased?
    Is there a final exam at the end of the course?
    Will lessons be recorded and uploaded anywhere to go over?
    Are we permitted to record to the session?
    Is the fee £120 in total?
    When will the course end?

    Jazakillah khair for your time


  6. Originally Posted By shahnaz
    Assalamualaikum wa rahamtullahe wa barakatuhu sister

    Where can the course book be purchased?
    Is there a final exam at the end of the course?
    Will lessons be recorded and uploaded anywhere to go over?
    Are we permitted to record to the session?
    Is the fee £120 in total?
    When will the course end?

    Jazakillah khair for your time


    Wa ‘alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullaah sister,

    The course book is available on Amazon.
    There will be a final exam at the end of each trimester, and students must pass before being allowed to move to the next trimester.

    Lessons may be recorded depending on the logistics of protecting sisters’ privacy as they will be using webcams. Students may not record the lessons themselves.

    The fee is £120 per trimester, and the first trimester will last until the end of January.

    Wassalaamu ‘alaykum

  7. Dear Ola
    Could you please email us your contact email as we tried through the site, but it does not show your email address anywhere including contact us page.
    We would be interested in promoting this course especially as we have students that have bee waiting for such a chance.

  8. Salaam sister
    I am interested in registering on this course inshaAllah. I am not sure if i will be able to attend the first session on the 16th october. Is this a problem? Am i able to catch up somehow?

    JazakhAllah khair

  9. Wa ‘alaykum as salaam,

    Sister Saba, I’ve sent you an email.

    All the best, Ola

  10. Salam sister,
    I am interested in registering on this course, however I will be unable to attend the first session on the 16th October. Is this a problem ?
    Can I catch up later ?
    How much studying will I be required to do per week ? Being a mum of five I’m not sure whether I will manage to keep up with the pace, so please can you give me some insight as to how much work is required ?
    I would consider myself a beginner, so would this course suit me ?
    Jazak’Allah khair

    • Wa alaikum as salaam wa rahmatullaah,

      Sister Sima, I hope your questions are all now answered following our telephone conversation. If not, please do feel free to ask away!

      Wa al-Salaam,


  11. As salaamu alaykum yaa ukhtee. I tried several times to submit the registration and I am having troubles. Will you email me directly so that I may share the difficulty/determine what the problem may be inshaa Allaah?

    • Btw, I have heard from others that the form has troubles if you try submitting it from your phone. If that is the case, please try again from a laptop/pc in shaa’ Allaah.

  12. As Salaamu Alaikum sister, is the author of the book – Alan Jones a Muslim??

  13. Wa alaikum as salaam wa rahmatullaah,

    I do not know. He is Emeritus Professor of Classical Arabic at Oxford University, and his aims as mentioned in the blurb and the Introduction are “to enable readers of English to learn enough Arabic to read the Qur’an in its original language…language is the language of their daily prayers…is ideally suited for those Muslims who wish to learn Arabic exclusively for use in their religious and spiritual lives.” But there is no reference given to what religion he is :/.

  14. Assalam alaikum sister.. Ive just paid and cant wait for the course to begin!

    Id just like to ask when does it begin? Or has the first semester already begun, because i really want to start from the beginning :-(

    jazaakhiAllaahu khayran

  15. Wa alaikum as salaam wa rahatullaah,

    It will start on 19th January in shaa’ Allaah!

    Payment has been received, but I could not see your registration form. Please fill it in again in shaa’ Allaah so your place can be secured!

    Wassalaamu alaikum

  16. salam alaikoum

    BarakAllahufik for your initiative. I am very interested by the course. Just one thing the book is not included in the £120 fee, is it? If not how much does it cost ? and where can we get it ? Chokrane

  17. Thank you sister. May Allah bless you.

    Here’s the book in PDF –

  18. Dear Sister, asalam aliakum,

    I wan to join the arabic programme starting 19th jan but the timings are too late for me as I am in the UAE, so its +4GMT. What can you suggest?

    Umm Adam

  19. Salaams Ola! I just noticed that 19th Jan 2013 is a Saturday. Do you mean Thursday, 17th Jan 2013?

  20. Wa ‘alaykum as salaam,

    Yamina, the book will be provided in pdf.

    Umm Adam, you will have access to the recordings in shaa’ Allaah so you can watch them the following day if you cannot make the course live.

    Hass, I just came online to correct that! Yes Thursday 17th in shaa’ Allaah!

  21. Salam alaikoum sister Ola.
    Is there away to do it during the day when kids r at school ? i motivated but…

  22. hi may allah add u more knowledge and im interested

  23. Wa alaikum assalaam,

    Yamina, the sessions are recorded so whoever cannot make the live sessions can access the recordings. But they still have to submit assignments and complete the online tests by the deadline, so I always recommend they listen to the recordings ASAP.

    nasir, sisters are welcome to fill out the registration form in shaa’ Allaah and process payment and secure their place on their course at http://www.arabicgems.co.uk/quranicarabic/apply

  24. sister, do have another one starting after 9 months? in september or so?

  25. al-salaamu ‘alaykum Basmah!

    At this stage I honestly cannot say, it depends on a number of other factors that I will only know once the summer has come and gone. I am advising anyone who is interested to try and do it from now, as I can’t promise I will run it again (although I really want to), and I don’t want anyone to miss out!

  26. Salam alaikoum Ola,

    Just one more question. Can we communicate during the lesson ? What about if we have questions ? Thanks

  27. Wa ‘alaykum as salaam yamina,

    Yes maa shaa’ Allaah of course. Students prefer to type their questions in the chat box and I reply to them, or else if you really want to you can put up your hand and ask over voice/video in shaa’ Allaah.

  28. Asalaam alaikoum sister Ola,

    My question or concern is similar to the one posted by sister Sima, as in I’m worried about keeping up with homework during the week. You answered her queries over the phone, so if you could please reply and let me know how much we will be expected to study during the week and the nature of the exams?
    Jazak Allah Khair

  29. Wa ‘alaykum as salaam sister Noreen,

    In brief, the minimum homework every week will be to translated around 20 sentences (parts of ayahs) from the Quran based on the grammar topic we have learnt that week. To do this you would need to consolidate the rules and learn a list of vocab. In addition, you have to complete a short online vocab and grammar test (20-25 mins for both), plus write a couple of paragraphs on a specific topic.

    I advise students to dedicate one hour each day, every day, at the same time of day, to their Arabic. If an hour is not possible, then 30-45 mins. One of these days will be spent on the translation, possibly another one on the research, and the rest of the time is for learning/reviewing the vocab and rules.

    The end of term exam is similar to the weekly tests but longer: the vocab section is asking for the meaning of words that have appeared in our lists, and the grammar section is either translating english > Arabic or vice versa, or asking you to identify a grammatically correct sentence from a choice of 4, etc.

  30. Just want to let you know that I am proud to see you doing this as my sister in faith. Finally something for sisters the let their knowledge grow in a safe environment.
    I wished I could financially afford to follow your course. Inshallah in the future…
    Wishing you all the best.

  31. al-Salaamu ‘alaykum,

    Jazakillaah khayr Khadijah, it means a lot. Please email me your situation in shaa’ Allaah and we can discuss things.


  32. Salam alaikoum sister Ola,

    I would like to register but i need to ask you something first. Can I have your email please. Thanks

  33. Wa alaikum assalaam


  34. Is the course book still available online? I was denied access! : (

  35. i want to enroll for the course but i have issue regarding the second semester timing….i am pursuing masters and in june i have my first semester exam….so tht will clash with my second semester..is there any way out as i really want to pursue this course,,

  36. You can apply for the first semester if you like but you will of course not gain as much benefit as if you did the whole course. I am not sure what you have in mind or if I am understanding correctly. Please email me at arabicgems[at]gmail.com with full details and what you think would be a good solution in shaa’ Allaah

  37. Assalamualaykum sister Ola, just wanted to find out if its too late to apply for the January course and when is the next course after January going to start? Jazakallah khair

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