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Let em play!

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Many parents and teachers struggle to get children engaged in their Arabic learning. I empathize with the students. Lessons are boring, irrelevant and teaching methods such as getting students to sit on their chairs at a weekend school after they’ve had to put with that from their full time school is just not happening. Seriously, it’s not happening.

One principle and fact remains as solid as cement. Kids learn through play.

Here’s a couple of games I’ve used to teach my child students the directions in Arabic فوق تحت أمام خلف يمين شمال

These games can be played with adult learners too as well at home or in school.

  1. Guide the blind

Divide the class into two teams. Allocate team names. Pick one student from each team and blindfold both. Then take an object one for each team and hide the object in a place. The students have to guide their team mates to the object using the above directions in Arabic.

The first blind folded person to reach their object gets one point. As opposed to getting the students to robotically memorize words they are being entertained and using the language.

2.Flashcard on head relay race

Get students into two teams again. One student from each team has a flashcard from the lesson with the word they have been taught.

They place the flashcard on their head and have to get to one side of classroom to other and back repeating the word without dropping it. If they do they have to start again until they don’t drop it. Then when they get back to the starting position they hand the flashcard to the next student. This goes on til one team has completed the race.

3.Chinese whispers

Divide students into two teams again.

Have the two teams seated facing eachother.

Then you whisper an Arabic word or sentence from the lesson into the student closest to the board from each team. For example ألقلم مكسور

al qalamu maksoor

They then whisper the word or sentence to the next that next student whispers to the next until the message gets to the last student in the team who has to get up run to the board and write the word.

First student to from one of the teams to  write the word down gets a point for their team. Here in this game students are practicing their listening skills, speaking, and writing skills.

Alternatively you could just get the last students from each team to shout out the word to get the point if they cannot write.

It’s hard to get students to just learn. They must be entertained and have the learning incorporated into the fun.

I believe you can force a child to sit down on a chair to learn but you can’t force it to learn. Forcing children or adults to do something they don’t wana do does not make them more interested in doing that thing. It actually makes the person dislike the thing they are being forced to do.

Remember the word education means to draw out of someone. The traditional school system involves putting things into children.

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Shajahan
(Author of Get Fluent in Arabic)

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How We Can Improve our lives

We live in the world of extreme consumerism and many people have come to realize they are not getting happier by more.

Here’s how we can enhance our lives and other people’s lives using the law of opposites.

Dont just read books/blogs Write them
Don’t just focus on buying things sell more to enhance your financial life
Want more money give more money in sadaqa or offer more products and services

Don’t just eat food Feed others
Don’t just watch sports play them
Fulfill your spouse’s sexual desires not just yours
Fulfill your spouses rights before asking for yours
Don’t expect Give
Don’t just learn things teach them
Don’t just learn Arabic teach it
Want praise? give praise
Don’t consume produce

Don’t focus on benefitting yourself benefit others first

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A World Of Opposites So What?

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salamz people,

We’ve read in the Quran time and time again that the world was created in opposites but what is the significance of this? The Chinese call it the ying and yang of life I learned whilst l lived there.

Let’s first examine the different types of opposites we have all around us.

There’s men and women. One cannot do without the other. Likewise at least one of the couple must be cool headed as-two hotheaded couples would make an explosive marriage.

We have night and day each plays their role. One tafseer states that this is similar to a man and a woman if one of them trying to do the role of the other then this creates some problems within marriage relationships. One complements the other.

The male trait of strength complement the female trait of gentleness that’s why when fused together both man and woman  feel complete.

We have a left wing of the plane and a right wing of a plane without one of them the plane will not fly.

If the weather is just dry we’ll  have a famine and if the weather is just wet we’ll have a flood.

We cannot experience happiness without sadness people who take drugs or drink alcohol to experience happiness report feeling down afterwards.

Once we examine the opposites that exist in the world we can see that one cannot exist without the existence of the other.it is the existence of each other. Create balance and harmony in the world that we live and experience.

To learn Arabic you need this too. How?
In Get Fluent In Arabic I explain,
In order to develop your speaking skills you must have listened to the language long enough. A child learns to listen to their mother tongue before they can speak it. Speaking cannot occur unless listening has occurred.

And like wise writing cannot exist without reading. You cannot even copy the letters of Arabic unless you are reading then which involves looking at them.

In order for you to develop your speaking in Arabic you must have a teacher who listens and allows you to talk in Arabic as opposed to the teacher who talks most of the time and you have to listen.

Likewise you can’t learn Arabic focusing on just the theory side (grammar) without the practical. Listening, speaking, reading and writing. But learning just the practical.
Balance is found in doing both.

I’m amazed at how the opposites work together to create balance in the universe.

But balance is found in your life by embracing both opposites of anything.

You can’t be hardworking all the time or it will affect your health through stress. Neither can you be its opposite lazy and relaxed all the time or it too will affect your health through obesity and weakening your mind.

A husband cannot be hard strong all the time he needs to display gentleness too.

People make the mistake of being one of two opposites all the time. Embracing one leads to extremes.
The opposite to spirituality is materialism. Two men became extreme spiritualalists. They said I won’t marry the other I will always fast. The prophet being in the middle said I pray and marry I fast and I eat.

Are you one of the opposites?
Have you embraced inactivity the opposite of active which can actually kill or damage your health long-term.

A wise man once said, a coin has three sides heads, tails and the edge (the middle) and ladies and gentlemen intelligence is found on the edge.

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Shajahan

Author of Get Fluent In Arabic

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How To Make Powerful (Dua) Prayer

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Do you believe in the power of dua?

Do you really believe in its power?

Many people seem to have abandoned the making of the dua?
It seems like they no longer believe in it.

I was recently reading a book The Secret and it completely made me understand dua even more.

The prophet would make dua even for a shoelace that needed repairing.

Here’s how you can bring power to your duas and make them a reality.

1.Desire

Make dua for things you really want badly and desperately
People make dua for things they don’t actually care about. Remember when you were a teenager and you wanted to pass your exams really really badly. Ask yourself how much feeling did you have in your dua, how involved were you in it how connected did you feel to it, how badly did you want that grade and make dua for it?

The Quran talks about the person who is so desperate stuck at sea  an atheist and then when all hope was lost they made sincere intentions with full feeling and desperation  called upon God to be saved and the dua was accepted that’s the level of desire for the dua you need to have and feeling you need to have when you make  your dua but that can’t happen unless you really really want that thing you’re asking for. the man got answered as he really wanted to stay alive.

How badly do you want what you’re asking for? If there isn’t a strong desire for wanting what you’re asking. You need to ask for something else.

2.Feeling

Bring feeling into the dua
Imagine you have two beggars  coming up to you and asking you for money one of them displays no emotion no enthusiasm no feeling and  just says, yes can I have some can I have some money please.

The second one explains oh please I desperately need the money I am in such a difficult situation please help me please help me please help me he displays so much feeling so much emotion so much desperation you can feel it and see it yourself out of the two which one are you likely  to give the money to?
When you make dua which one of the two are you?
Robotic duas are not going to go very far.

3.Don’t ruin your dua
A person says I’ve made dua but it doesn’t work and God says you’re absolutely right it doesn’t work for you.
There’s a hadeeth about someone who keeps on making dua until they become very impatient and then say it’s not getting answered.
The bigger the thing you’re asking for the bigger the dua needs to be. In the book the secret when a person says it does not work they are answered with no it does not work.

4.Provision is not limited
Many people have this feeling and thinking that there is simply not enough resources this is false but true if you believe that this is the case.

I am as my servant thinks of me (hadeeth Qudsi)
If you believe that there’s not enough to go around then that’s what you’ll experience.

An examination of the Quran clearly proves that provision is unlimited.

God provides for whom he wills without limit (surah imran)

If all of mankind were to ask and I gave them what they wanted it would not decrease my Dominion accept the amount a needle takes when it is taken out of water. (Hadeeth Qudsi)

This proves that all of mankind will to be given every single thing they wanted the wealth of God would not decrease at all.

So what you are looking for a house, spouse, wealth it’s even less than a needle it might be big to you but it’s even less than the amount of water on a needle needle to God.

Look at the number of stars in the sky look at the number stars in space and try to count them.You can’t its unlimited. We may be limited God is not.
A company expands when it makes more money.
The universe expands because it’s provision is being expanded.
For expansion to occur provision must expand.

So hold the belief that you can get what you want in unlimited quantity from the one who has no limit. If you need a reminder just look around you at creation.
Spend ten minutes contemplating on the Stars the moon’s planets the galaxies the creation of the creation in the sea the creation of the earth animals New animals and species that are being discovered everyday, new new inventions that being invented by humans inspired by God.

5.Sajdah
You don’t Have to be in salat for this just get on the floor in sajdah with Wudu and ask beg for what you really want. God loves those who ask him and becomes angry when we stop.

6.Complain a lot
What! Yeah complain about your problems. But not to creation to the one who loves hearing complaint. God.

Creation hates complaints. So if creation hates Complaints who should you be complaining to?
If you’ve worked in a complaints department you know how horrible it must be having to listen to people’s complaints one after another. When Yaqoob complained about Yusuf he complained to God not to anyone else. Complain and ask God for better things to replace the complaints.

7.Last third of the night

Are you someone like me who sleeps late after two sometimes?

Utilize this time! There is a hadeeth that says God comes to the lowest heaven saying is there any person who would like to be forgiven? Don’t think this means just forgiveness this is a time to ask for anything you want!

This does not mean you have to do wudu, pray tahajjud coz if you’re lazy you don’t have to do that.

You could before sleeping late lie on your bed on your back and ask for what you want. Just make sure you feel the dua.

3 simple practical steps for powerful Dua (prayer)

Step one:Ask 

Believe and know you can have whatever your heart desires. Make it a habit to ask.

The bigger the thing you want the more duas you will have to make to get it. Think about it asking for guidance to find something you’ve lost such as your wallet is not as big as asking for a beautiful house now is it?

Step two:Believe 

When you make dua Believe it has been answered and at that moment believe you have received it in the unseen. It just has not shown up in the seen world yet.

Each time you make dua see it like you’ve deposited money in the bank it’s there deposited but you can’t see the money but you know it has been deposited.  You don’t need to know how it’s gonna happen. This shows a lack of faith. How it’s gonna happen is for God to do not you.

Just believe it will. When I wrote Get Fluent In Arabic  I didn’t know how I was gonna write it.I just believed I would.

Step 3:Receive

Once you’ve made the dua feel happy smile and relieved you have made it.

Abandon your robotic duas you’ve been making as a kid and start asking for things you really want.

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Beyond the obvious

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Salam alaikum everyone

hope you’re rhamadhaan is going well.

What’s the reason you’re learning Arabic? A general answer that’s given is To understand the Quran.

Below are some practical reasons to learn Arabic which go beyond the obvious. Dua is a major part of my life always has been. If you’ve read Hisnul Muslim you know how vital dua is in performing the mundane aspects of our lives You’ll taste the sweetness of knowing Arabic in Rhamadhaan.

1.Teraweeh Long teraweeh salat can become very tiring if you’re relying on the Imam to have a beautiful voice. I’ve seen people swaying side to side hoping for the rakaah to end. Salat becomes robotic when you don’t understand the meaning of the words.

2.Qunoot I used to wonder what people are crying about in Qunoot until I learned Arabic I mean I had a rough idea but once you learn Arabic it’s hard not to cry when you know what the imam is saying. Cry force yourself to even if you don’t understand what’s being said. You’ll feel your heart softened.

3.Sajdah We’ve been told we are closest when we are in sajdah. Alhamdulilah in both my sunnah and fard I always make dua. Its the most amazing opportunity to ask for things in this life and the next. Why miss the opportunity. Imagine you’re praying salah in jamaat and making dua in each sajdah how amazing is that? As opposed to just saying the same thing again and again since you were a kid. The prophet made dua even for a shoe lace that needed repairing so what about us? You’re now communicating to Allah without any intermediaries (English etc)

4.Quran Watching a foreign movie without understanding the language and using translation is not gonna as powerful of an experience as understanding the language. Knowing Arabic will allow you to pick up the mushaf and start pondering it’s meaning rather than merely reading it with just a beautiful voice.

5.scholars In the west we have to rely on public speakers. They are great motivational and inspiring but it’s a totally different ball game when a scholar speaks. Though his lectures maybe shorter than a public speaker his words will keep you thinking. You now have direct access to the mountains of knowledge. Someone asked why don’t the scholars of Islam teach Arabic? I believe you have to go to the knowledge and a part of that is showing a commitment by learning the medium through which our knowledge is taught.

6.News You can understand what’s really going on in the Muslim Arab world if you understand Arabic. We all should show a concern about the ummah.

7.Build Unity Nelson Mandella once said, you say something to a man in a language other than his tongue you get to his brain. If you say it in his language you get to his heart. In an ideal world Muslims in different countries would speak Arabic. It’s obvious the fastest way to learn build a rapport and relationship with someone is to speak their language. The prophet ordered some people to learn the local dialect of tribes to build relations and help the dawah. In Jinan China I was at a masjid I felt like an alien around the Chinese Muslims until some of them spoke to me in Arabic. The alienation quickly vanished and we had a nice discussion. Part of the disunity of Muslims is the fact that each Arab state has their own dialect which the other does not understand. I see each coloquial dialect as totally different languages to Arabic. Along with nationism this has caused a barrier and feelings of alienation between Arabs, unless Fusha Arabic Is spoken. Our unity comes from the power of one. One book, one sunnah, one qibla, one language even one currency dinar and Dirham. We can see the disunity when we have more than one rhamadhaan time table, different days rhamadhaan starts and eid begins. Knowing to speak Arabic would encourage inter marriages between Arabs and non Arab Muslims. Non Arab Muslims can build a bond with Arabs through Arabic. This is a vital role in Deen that learning Arabic serves as opposed to the generalized answer I want to understand the deen. I believe Arabic plays a key role in uniting both Arabs and non Arabs and we need to learn to speak it in order connect with each other. This point is enough against some people who see no point in learning to speak Arabic. Remember,  Arabic Fusha was removed from speech not from the Quran.

8.Culture When you learn a language, you are not just learning words but also it’s culture and ettiqutte said Ibn taymiyyah. For tarbiyyah of children it’s vital as it teaches them manners and ways to behave speak appropriately. One mistake I believe we make is teaching children to read Quran. The result:they grow up with a flimsy connection to the Quran. It’s better in my opinion to teach them to listen understand Arabic and speak it. Why? Because when they learn to read the Quran they’ll understand it. I discuss this in more detail in my book Get Fluent In Arabic.

I hope you’ve found this post useful

for more check out my book Get Fluent in Arabic . I hope this gives us plenty of practical reasons to learn and teach Arabic. Keep listening speaking reading and writing Arabic for repetition is the mother of learning

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Wasalam alaikum

Shajahan Author Of Get Fluent In Arabic

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