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How We Create Our Future?

Let every soul look to what he has sent forth for tomorrow. Surah Hashr

How do you understand this verse?

For me I see this verse as an explanation of how we create our future. From this verse we learn we create our future by what we do today.

Our future Health is dependent on what we eat and how much we exercise today. Our exam results are created by what we do today in terms of revision today.

Our present situation is a result of what we have done in the past.

We can change it by changing what we do today.
Knowing this we can see how powerful this verse is.

If we want to create the future we want we do it by our actions today.   🙂

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Shajahan

(Author Of Get Fluent In Arabic)

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Love loyalty to God Vs Humans

Which makes more sense? Showing love, loyalty dedication to God or to humans?

I watched man on tv work sixty hours a week for two years on end showing his love dedication, loyalty to a major corporation.

He’d sacrifice seeing his family, spouse children just to serve his company.

Imagine this guy dedicated his heart soul energy time everything he had to the company. He showed so much love to the company. His whole life was dedicated to the company.

He would spend his weekends, even bring his work home all for the company.

He would not see his kids perform in school play,  for the company. He’d missed out on his children growing up. All for the company.

The end result: The company broke their promise of promoting him. In fact they went one step further they made him redundant as they shipped his job abroad.

He was furious and started to remind the company of the long overtime hours he had done over the last few years.

He reminded the company of how many things he had sacrificed all for the company. All those evenings weekends, hours spent serving the company turned to dust.

All that running around getting to work, meetings, planning meetings, nothing but DUST.

On the otherside the hours you spend serving God, late into the night, loving him remembering him, it’s all recorded AND rewarded.

Every small thing the man did for the company. FORGOTTEN. Why? Well coz humans forget.

Every small thing you do for God, like giving someone water, removing something from the road for the safety of others, it’s all recorded never forgetten never unrewarded! He appreciates everything you do.

So ask yourself this, does it make sense to carry on running around to make other human beings happy?

We should be careful in not placing our love, dedication, admiration, loyalty to other humans beings and risk receiving betrayal as a result.

Your company DOES NOT love you. It only NEEDS you. God does NOT need you but he LOVES you.

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Author of Get Fluent In Arabic


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How Far Have You Progressed?

Are you measuring your Progress on a quarterly basis? This is vital especially if you’re studying Arabic privately with a private tutor. You need to know how well you’re doing and have set goals for weaknesses you need to work on. The biggest trap with private tuition is the amount of lessons you do just drag on. You end up looking back counting the number of lessons and either you’re not sure if you’re progressing or you feel you are progressing very slowly. What’s a simple solution Make Goals. I mentioned previously each lesson you have should have a goal clearly outlined by the teacher at the beginning. But you need to have a progress report too. Otherwise how will you know how well you’re doing?

Below is a sample I use for my students.  Notice the personal targets for improvement section involves focusing on improving all four language skills as opposed to focussing on one or two. Finally a date must be set for the next review.In the next review the teacher should see if you have achieved the targets they set in the personal targets section.

If this does not happen during private tuition then you run the risk of spending months and months feeling like you’re just turning up to lessons without feeling like you’re progressing.

Please feel free to copy paste and create your own progress report and give to your teacher to fill up if they do not use one.

Student progress report

Name Of Student:

Date:

Development Listening Skills: 
Development of Writing using grammar, balagha, expressions:
Development Of Reading   :
Development Of Speaking (using grammar, pronunciation, fluency:

Development of grammar:

Development of Balagha:

Exam Results

Written exam (out of x marks)

Oral/reading assessment(out of x marks)

Listening assessment (out of x marks)

Teacher assessment (out of x marks)

Total

Personal Targets For Improvement (Example below)

  1. Making it a habit to listen every day for 3o mins.
  2. Go on to Arabic speaking websites and speak to either arabs or people learning Arabic.(once a week)
  3. Daily Read 30 minutes Arabic material of your choice talk about it in class
  4. 30 minutes a week engaged in create writing (short story) (essay)

Summary comments

Date of next review:

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Shajahan

Author Of Get Fluent In Arabic

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Interview at Sabina reads video to be uploaded soon

Salam alaikum,

thank you to Sabina at Sabina reads really enjoyed the interview. The video should be uploaded soon.

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Salam alaikum,

my guest today is a teacher and author of Get Fluent In Arabic. He spent the best part a year or so learning Arabic abroad in Egypt.

below is an interview between myself and Shajahan Author of Get Fluent In Arabic. Check it out below.

Salam alaikum Shajahan

Welcome to Sabina reads

Walaikum salam Sabina thank you

1.What made you wana learn Arabic? 
Well, I’ve gotta say  Once I thought to myself wow I read the Quran daily and yet do not understand a word of it. Yet I understand every other book that I’ve read in my life. But the one book I read on a daily basis- I have no understanding of. That’s when I made the decision to learn Arabic.

2.Now you learned Arabic in Egypt what challenges did you face living there and learning Arabic?
I’d say just adjusting to a totally different environment. I remember how much homesick I felt during my first month away from the UK. The weather was a huge challenge for me as a British person I’m used to cold British weather, I got severe case of food poisoning the first month. But I feel like any challenge that you face whilst learning Arabic or anything else in life leads to either two results. One the challenges expose your lack of desire for what you want and you quit. Or two they strengthen your desire to succeed more. For me they only made me more determined for success.

3.Was there any point during your stay in Egypt where you wanted to quit? 
I’d say after seven months I really thought of quitting. I had failed my level seven mid term exam at Fajr center.The thought of re-taking the level was unthinkable to me.
Thankfully I scored 77 out of 80 in my final exams which was just about enough to pass to the next level.

4.What would you have done had you failed? 
I was so determined to succeed failure was not an option for me.

5.What motivated you to write your excellent book Get Fluent In Arabic?
I used to wonder why so many students took so many years to learn Arabic. Is there a faster way to learn? I mean who has got the time nowadays to spend years and years learning one language?
During my studies and through my mentor Mohammed Amin I had learned some really important techniques to learn Arabic faster and thought hey why not make a book so that people can benefit through my knowledge and experience in years to come. I want people to know that learning Arabic is not hard if you know how to learn it.


6.So explain what is the language quadrant you talk about in your book?
The language quadrant explains how we naturally learn any language and I mean any language. Before we can speak any language we must have listened to the language first.
Can you give an example?

Sure if I said to you ما اسمك first time round you would not understand what I’m saying right? But If i repeated the sentence in a question tone and then pointed to myself stating my name Shajahan you’d know instantly that it means what’s your name?
Now you’ve heard the language you’ve understood it and can now speak that same sentence when you meet an Arab and ask them for their name. But all that would not be possible without you listening to the language first.

That’s why we say you pick up a language by living in a country which speaks it. That’s because you are constantly hearing and listening to the language being spoken. That’s how we pick up a language by listening to it spoken. Kids learn rude language by listening to it too.

7.What did you mean when you wrote a language is a skill and grammar is knowledge?
Well the language quadrant explains that all languages consist of four skills listening, speaking, reading and writing. A lot of people including myself make the mistake that fluency is based upon how much grammar you know. I can assure you it’s not.
Fluency is how comfortably I can listen understand a language when it’s spoken, speak it read it and write it without having to ask the person to repeat what they said, or in the case of speaking stuttering and using um a lot when I speak. In the case of reading having to re-read the sentence I read.
I mean I’m a fluent speaker of English. I’m a native. But I bet you there are tons of non-natives out there who can correct my grammar coz they know way more grammar than me. But their fluency in English very likely may be lacking.
Right interesting. What you’re basically saying is you can’t learn a language through reading books?
Exactly. I mean I don’t care how many grammar books you read you’ll never learn to listen, speak and write the language through books. Grammar you can learn very quickly through books coz it’s a knowledge. The four language skills take hours on end of practice to reach a high fluency level because like any other skill in life they take time to develop.

8.What advice would you give to students who want to learn Arabic like yourself? 
Be prepared to make mistakes. The more mistakes you make the faster you’ll learn. Have a learning plan and set a deadline.

9.What’s the importance of setting a deadline?
Well Parkinson’s law states the more time you give yourself to do something the more time you’ll take to do it. I guess this answers the question as to why people take so many years to learn Arabic.
The less time you give yourself the faster you’ll move. With me I gave myself one year to learn Arabic abroad. It took me one year and four months. Imagine how long it would have taken if I had given myself a few years.

10.In 2014 you moved to China to stay there for a year what was that about? 
Well China is an exciting place where Arabic teachers are needed. Alot of people were baffled why I chose to move to China. For me I’d learn a lot more  being in a country that does not speak the langauge I speak, different religion, different culture, habits. I’m actually gonna write a blog on my lessons and travels in China soon inshallah.

So your book Get Fluent In Arabic which teaches people how to learn Arabic faster is on amazon right? 
Yeah that’s right

Well thank you Shajahan so much for joining me and I hope we can do this again sometime.
Thank you Sabina it’s been fun. and thank you for telling me about the book The Secret

no problem.
Wasalam alaikum

walaikum salam


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The Power Of Desire

What is the ultimate secret to achieving any goal?

I believe it’s found in the statement that flashed in my head when I desperately needed to  pass my final exams.

اذا أراد ألانسان شئ لن يوقفه شئ

if a person wants something badly enough nothing will stop them.

This burning desire will carry you to achieve the goal when you face obstacle. Where others will give up because their desire is not strong enough yours will carry you through to overcome the obstacle.

I remember the obsession to learn Arabic whilst in Egypt I would not sleep except a few hours some nights. I’d wake up to write new sentences in Arabic that popped right into my head.

I was desperate not to waste time. I met some students who had spent three years and were going backwards and forwards in their Arabic. Simply because they did not have a burning desire nor did they learn daily on a consistent basis.

Egypt was definitely a country that made more sick than any other period of my life with the lack of hygiene in food prep, coupled with the heat. But the burning desire did not decrease in any way. I said to myself I am not leaving until I have achieved my goal.

When I took a short break to London after spending nine months in Egypt my teacher Ustas Syed Ali said to me.

”You’re not coming back are you?”

I replied.”Of course I am. Why wouldn’t I?”

Because most students who return to their home country never come back.

I had reached level nine of the Fajr center diploma program and badly needed the break.

The policy at Fajr center was you can take up to two months break consecutively. Anything more than that and you’d have to sit an exam to see if your level of Arabic had dropped if it did you could end up having to repeat a level. So I made the firm decision to return within the two months.

I have to admit when I did spend a week in London I was so relieved. Food that I bought did not make me ill, my friends, football, my area all made me wana stay.

I was tempted to stay.

Things aren’t easy you know in Egypt for a foreigner.

Life is lonely even more so coz I was single at the time. Fortunate are the married. Alhamdulilah been happily married for two years now.

Egyptian food was really not a big hit with me. The lack of variety that I’m used to made it harder. I know I know us westerners we are too used to ease and comfort.

When going and coming back from the Arabic center Arguing with the taxi drivers to not charge me three times the amount. Even the landlord would claim we had not paid the rent for the previous month, internet cafe guy trying to use our internet connect it to three other residents to make a profit.

But without doubt the most difficult part of living in an Arab country is being surrounded by ANGRY people. The same existed in Saudi, Yemen.

I learned when you are surrounded by angry people anger becomes a habit. I actually developed it then thank goodness got rid of it when I stayed a year in China where the people there are very mild tempered. (It was a year of therapy)

Despite the cons I went back. As I believed in finishing what I started.

Thankfully I completed the Fajr center diploma program.

I believe we will face hardship when we want to attain anything in life.

Whether it be finding a spouse, getting an education, financial success because otherwise it’s not worth pursuing. But it’s that passion and burning desire which will carry us over to the attainment of our dreams (goals)

ٌRemember if you want something badly enough in life NOTHING and I mean NOTHING will get in your way.

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Shajahan Rohman

Author of Get Fluent In Arabic

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