Shaykh Abou Fares El-Dahdah, for discerning students, is the author of a number of very useful grammatical works. He now seems to have a website with some valuable resources. Here are two sections of most benefit:
July 20, 2015 at 2:45 am
May I ask if the author is Muslim? I saw that his name on another book is Antoine Robert El Dahdah
July 20, 2015 at 7:21 am
To be honest with you I am not entirely sure. I think he is Lebanese so that muddies the water a bit. I have a book of his called ‘A Dictionary of Arabic Grammar from the Holy Koran,’ which illustrates every rule with Quranic examples. It shouldn’t really matter either way.
July 21, 2015 at 3:25 pm
My Arabic teacher mentioned to me that he is Christian…
July 23, 2015 at 12:56 pm
Perhaps so, but I’m not sure if it really matters for Arabic…
July 24, 2015 at 9:29 pm
Salaam great work as with the rest if the site jzk ! May I have your email address please for some questions etc
July 25, 2015 at 7:27 am
Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullah! You may ask your questions here. I have unfortunately suffered in the past on account of a similar request.
July 25, 2015 at 8:57 am
Ok was just wondering if you knew the people of knowledge in Egypt and ksa in mustalah hadeeth, expl of hadeeth and athari aqeedah and could give me info on them please, numbers details and whatnot? Jzk
July 25, 2015 at 9:12 am
I cannot give numbers or email addresses without permission. I am in Madinah so can inform you about here. My Egyptian info is out of date, but if you go you can ask around for shaykh Tariq and Abu Ishaq. In Madinah you can meet Muhammad Awwamah at Bab Al-Salam in the mosque after every prayer. You can’t miss him. Zuhayr al-Nasr is also there. Shaykh Abd al-Muhsin has a public class in the mosque explaining hadiths too. In Makkah seek out shaykh Hatim in Aziziyah. Shaykh Yahya al-Shihri has a public class in his mosque in Khamis Mushayt, which is excellent. I last lived in Riyadh in 2007 so don’t know the situation there at present.
July 30, 2015 at 8:35 am
Jzk for the info. Shaykh Tariq isn’t currently teaching and shaykh Abu ishaaq is in another country with ailing health May Allah preserve him.
If you don’t mind me asking , you’ve studied a lot Mashaa Allah , do you work at the same time as studying ?
And are there any institutes you’ve studied in or recommend studying in with a run down of their respective curriculums etc ?
Or even online courses that can lead a to firm grounding in talab ul ilm?
July 30, 2015 at 11:11 am
Wa alaykum Salam wa rahmatullah,
I do work and study simultaneously. You’d be surprised at how much you can progress if you devote a few hours every day. Don’t have a TV at home and restrict your social media use and you’ll suddenly find yourself with a lot of free time.
In your case, I would first recommend Al-Salam Institute with shaykh Akram al-Nadwi. They run online diploma courses at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. This is for serious students only.
If you complete the 6 year course, then go to Egypt and study at al-Azhar after passing the entrance exams. Despite its faults, it will give you a great opportunity to develop.
Thereafter, you should be in a situation to be able to deepen your knowledge with extensive reading and research.
If you can learn to read German and French, in addition to Persian and Turkish, you will have access to an immense amount of scholarship.
August 6, 2015 at 9:37 am
After the six year course would a person have to start from scratch in azhar? Not sure about how they make you place in terms of which year in the BA program, for people without mu’adalah. Also , about shaykh Awwamah and shaykh Zuhayr, do they teach, if even privately? I believe the former stopped due to some iqamah problems but now he has that sorted out I believe.
JazakaLLAH and sorry for your time
August 11, 2015 at 7:32 am
Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullah,
I know that some graduates of certain institutes can jump straight into the main Azhar program and others can skip a year or two. You do need to demonstrate either certificates or ability through interview. When you feel ready, make a direct enquiry.
There are a number of scholars in Madinah who teach privately due to iqamah issues. You need a special invite to come and must be vouched for by a regular student. It is not easy but once you gain trust doors will open. As a pilgrim the best you can expect is to be hosted as a guest for a short while. Unless you are living in Madinah I wouldn’t be too concerned about it for now.
In my experience, the best time to study with a shaykh is when he is in his 40s to 60s. After that, they tend to get old and frail and too busy with family and worship to teach. Stay away from anyone younger than 40 unless he is obviously brilliant. Experience will vouch for what I advise!
August 11, 2015 at 10:14 pm
I am currently in a part time class following the Indian DU syllabus. If I work hard this last year of secondary school, I will hopefully finish to al ikhtiyar and shashi, along with elementary hadith studies through personal readings. After that I can in sha ALLAH go to a darul uloom and finish te course in three years, if a hanafi institute. I was currently thinking of and researching Nadwah, azaadville, DU bury , Shaykh Taha’s madrasah in capetown, or DU Zakariyya. If I go To the cape, I’d have to do a few more years than the others, but I would like to study other madhahib and that school is shafi and probably has the best curriculum in different disciplines, specifically modern academic challenges. Nadwah is quite good in adab, etc and their Quran curriculum is quite interesting as well. jamiatul ilm wal huda blackburn is also interestig.What would you suggest for a student of knowledge to do at this point? I have to make a decision soon and am thus researching different institutes and asking students and graduates for info etc. India would be the easiest option in terms of visas as My family is originally from there. I am leaning towards finishing the dars nizami since I already started it. After I hope to brush up on shortcomings.
Also, in terms of languages, which ones are useful for a student of knowledge (applie to graduates as well). I am taking elective french courses in school for about 3 years, and can also read, speak Urdu, albeit a bit slowly. Which languages are useful for an aspiring scholar?
August 12, 2015 at 6:34 am
Shaykh Taha’s place is a good option due to the curriculum and methodology. He can give you advise on what the next step thereafter should be.
As for languages, Persian is a must after Arabic. Turkish is important for the Ottoman period and historical chronicles. German is very important in Orientalist literature, and to a lesser degree so is French.
August 12, 2015 at 2:56 am
Obviously if I do anything i would have to make mashwarah with my teachers, who are from DU bury, Azaadville and dewsbury.
August 12, 2015 at 7:43 pm
JazakaLLAH for your answer. I request duas.
August 17, 2015 at 1:38 am
I am studying french atm. For orientalism, you mean to take benefit or to be aware of the misinformation being spread, as I am sure both types of literature exist, as in english.
September 13, 2015 at 3:54 am
Salaam dear brother
Who are the mashaayikh to study with in madinah ? Are you going to be there next week ?
September 14, 2015 at 11:19 am
Wa alaykum Salam. I’ll be in Makkah this weekend in sha Allah.
September 20, 2015 at 2:19 am
Can you shed some light on Madrassah Sawlatiyah in mecca ,
1. If it still exist
2. If they accept foreign students,
3. If they offer boarding , etc..
Also what are the other avenues of studying in KSA , besides the universities.
Is the only way to stay in Saudi is thru a work visa??
Just looking for general information. Jazakallah
September 29, 2015 at 7:49 pm
The last I heard was that the Madrassah moved due to the Mosque’s expansions. Since then, the buzz has gone quiet. I’m trying to find out more myself.
The only way to live in Saudi Arabia legally is through a work or student visa, which grants one a resident permit (iqama). Some manage to acquire residency through a Saudi friend who owns a business (which gives him a number of visas) and who then passes on the visa as a ‘worker.’ Some others buy such visas.
October 3, 2015 at 7:23 pm
Are you aware of how the curriculum is structured, specifically in fiqh and had the and it’s uloom? Do both resemble the dars nizami, and are both madhahib, shafi and hanafi, taught to all students ? As far as I know some Saudis were made in charge of the whole process which is kind of killing the place.
October 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm
And how are student visas given? Only to university students, or to students of the madaris too?
Also, if I may ask, what is madras ah AL uloom AL shariyyah? I believe it still exists, if I was on the right site. The curriculum was interesting, with all four madhahib on it, though I think you only study one at a time. HujjatuLLAH AL balighah and AL musawwa(AL musaffa if not AL musawwa, I don’t remember which one was Arabic and which farsi) by shah WaliuLLAH were taught.
October 6, 2015 at 10:36 am
As far as I’m aware residency visas are given only to university students and workers.
October 6, 2015 at 10:39 am
To be frank KSA is not the best place to study. I personally would recommend elsewhere.
October 5, 2015 at 9:08 pm
fiqh & hadith*
October 6, 2015 at 9:10 pm
oh just saw your answer. JazakaLLAH Khair.
October 6, 2015 at 4:42 pm
I would disagree if you mean in terms of quality of scholar , there are many gems all across the kingdom especially in al madinah , buraydah , Riyadh etc but in terms of accessibility , due to the silly iqaamah system , it’s rather limited .
Do you know anything of the ulama in almaghrib , any names and numbers
would be greatly appreciated
October 9, 2015 at 11:18 am
Accessibility is but one of the hindrances that many encounter here. There are some wonderful scholars, but many are forced into private teaching circles which are difficult for the non initiated to enter.
October 31, 2015 at 8:36 am
Awrb do you know any scholars in Morrocco and if you were to visit there , which sciences would you try to take the most benefit from there ? Any links would be great iA!
January 30, 2016 at 2:25 pm
Asalaamu alaykum akhi,
First of all, baarakAllahu feek for putting together and keeping up this beneficial blog. May Allah preserve you and increase you in good.
Secondly, I’m a new student here in Madinah and I would love to be able to connect with the ulema and join these private classes as well, specifically Arabic and fiqh atm.
And lastly, if you’re here in Madinah it would be great to meet up and connect with senior students to guide a beginner like myself in his studies.
January 9, 2017 at 3:56 am
Sorry, I didn’t know where else to ask this question but do you have any info on how to study balaghah in a format similar to your other “How to study…” posts?
February 28, 2017 at 5:25 am
Wa ‘alaykum al-salam,
An article is being prepared on studying Arabic in general in which balagha will be mentioned, in sha Allah.
December 31, 2017 at 10:30 pm
Salaam Wu alaikum
Has any progress been made in regards to the study Arabic post?