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Studio Arabiya Review at MiddleWayMom.com

Screen Shot 2013-09-11 at 4.24.06 PMStudio Arabiya has been reviewed on the MiddleWayMom.com website by Shannen, a homeschooling, Muslim convert mom. Overview of Shannen's Review: "I can say both Care Bear and I are very happy with Studio Arabiya at this point, alhamdulilah. I like that it is one thing off my plate, and it motivates me to get to a point where I can take a class also,...
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Al-Du`a Al-Mustajab: 24 Ways to an Accepted Supplication

dua crying(Based on an article originally in Arabic that can be found here.)   1. Make your du`a (supplication) sincerely to Allah Most High, knowing that such a supplication is a beautiful act of devotion, one of the noblest acts of obedience to God, and of the best of means of getting close to Him.  The Prophet (may the peace and blessings of God...
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Some Ramadan Comics

ramadan cartoonHere are a few Ramadan comics, with some humorous and sometimes thought-provoking messages.  Can you understand what they say?
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Welcome Ramadan!

ramadan_kareem_vector_main  The blessed month of Ramadan is just a few days away!  A month of forgiveness, connection, devotion, remembrance, brotherhood and sisterhood...  May it be a month of healing and reawakening for all of us, Ameen. Here is one of my favorite hadith (prophetic narrations) on the tremendous blessings and merits of this sacred month:   ثنا ع...
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Five Arabic Quotes: On Fate

2338e5abfd05bd930b067916017a625a"If God has written happiness for you, No one can steal it from your heart. And if He has written for your heart to break, No one can heal it but Him..." "Hearts desire, but the Lord decrees." -   لا ينفع حذر من قدر "No precaution can help against fate."  -   المكتوب على الجبين لا بد أن تراه العين "What is written will be fulfilled....
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Between Praise and Gratitude: The Meanings of Hamd & Shukr

hamdalaBetween Praise and Gratitude: The Meanings of Hamd & Shukr Hamd vs. Thana and Madh There are three words that have the general meaning of ‘praise’ in the Arabic language: madh [مدح], thana [ثناء], and hamd [حمد], but we find the term hamd constantly used in the Quran and the Prophetic Tradition for praising Allah, such as in ‘Alhamdulillah’...
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Cute Arabic Memes to Share with Your Spouse

cake topperHere are a few cute Arabic related memes that you can share with your spouse.   They're a surefire way to earn some extra points for your thoughtfulness, as well as for your spouse to encourage your Arabic studies!  You can thank us later... :)   "You (fem.) are for me."  Sweet and simple with a lovely design. ___________ A classic 'I lov...
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The Top 4 YouTube Lectures/Videos in Fus'ha (Classical Arabic) for Beginners

WebWhile there are tons of Arabic videos, lectures, programs and TV shows available online, it’s often hard for students to find things to watch that are in clear and easy to understand classical Arabic, and that are also enjoyable and beneficial.  For this reason, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite YouTube recommendations. Omar (The Min...
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Dua' for Concentration

Dua' for Concentration  [caption id="attachment_1343" align="aligncenter" width="695"] Dua' for Concentration Use: When doing anything, use this to ask for more concentration. DUA (English): "Oh Allah, I ask you, the One who mentions goodness and actualizes it and commands it. Remind me of that which the shaytaan makes me forget." DUA (Arabic):  اللهُمَّ  إني أسْأ...
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Interview with Yelda, a Winter-Intensive Student

Yelda M., one of Studio Arabiya's Winter Intensive 2012 program students lives in San Francisco, CA and is a student at San Francisco State University.  Here is her experience with the Winter Intensive program. 1)  Is this the first time you joined Studio Arabiya? Yes, this is actually the first time I heard about it and the first time I’m joining...
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Dua' Before Studying (1)

Dua' Before Studying[caption id="attachment_1332" align="aligncenter" width="695"] Dua' Before Studying When To Use: Before studying DUA (English): "Oh Allah!  Make useful for me what you have taught me and teach me knowledge that will be useful to me." DUA (Arabic): اللَّهُمَّ انْفَعْنِي بِمَا عَلَّمْـتَنِي وَ عَلِّمْنِي مَا يَنْفَعُنِي Audio: (coming soon...) Find...
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Five Arabic Quotes: On Ignorance & Learning

i was in pain so i learned so i changedThis is the first post in a new series on the Studio Arabiya blog, in which I hope to share with you some interesting and inspiring Arabic quotes on different themes. Reading these types of quotes, excerpts and aphorisms can help us put our Arabic studies into practice, and also appreciate how far we've come in our understanding of the language.  ...
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Lost in Translation

alifbaseenA few weeks ago, I read an article called "15 Wonderful Words with No English Equivalent" that describes cool words and phrases found in other languages that are hard to render into English.   There are many, many words like this in the Arabic language, as anyone who has studied both Arabic and English can tell you!  Here are some of my favorite Ar...
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Arabic Stuff for Kids: Fun Arabic Décor

Arabic Poster Circle Waafiaby Shazia Ahmad Outside of formal studies, there are lots of creative ways we can help our children develop a love and attachment to the Arabic language.  One of them is to surround them with fun, imaginative décor that includes Arabic letters and words.  Helping them to think about Arabic creatively, and making it something fun and interesting is...
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Studio Arabiya Review at AmericanMuslimMom.com

americanmuslimmom.comStudio Arabiya has been reviewed on the AmericanMuslimMom.com website by best-selling author and solopreneur, Ponn Sabra. As stated in her introduction: "Our journey to find the best, most affordable live distance learning or in-person Qur’an and Arabic Programs have lasted for MANY years. Subhan Allah, Glory be to Allah, Studio Arabiya connected ...
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Finding the Beauty Placed in Difficulty

daadby Shazia Ahmad The famous poet Ahmad Shawqi said in a well-known line from one of his works:  إنَّ الذي مَلأَ اللُّغاتِ مَحاسِنا جَعَلَ الجَمالَ وَسِرَّهُ في الضَّاد Verily, the One who filled all languages with beauty Put beauty itself, and its secret, in ad-Dhaad. In these lines, Shawqi refers to the Arabic language as 'ad-Dhaad'.  Dhaad is th...
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Interview with Siddique Abdullah (Part II)

siddique_abdullah_2Part II of our 2-part Interview with Siddique Abdullah.   ...continued from Interview with Siddique Abdullah, Part I... 1) Why do you like to teach Arabic? It’s a way to preserve it within myself and the best way actually to learn Arabic is to take what you know and to teach it because it demonstrates a certain level of mastery, even if it’s at th...
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3 New Years Resolutions for 2013

Originally posted December 28, 2011 2013 is right around the corner!  Many people make a resolution or two to hold throughout the year and most of them fail.  Some fail before they even begin.  The usual trends are to lose weight, eat healthier, pick up a hobby, give up a bad habit.  These are important to work on, but this year, let's try to pick...
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Interview with Siddique Abdullah (Part I)

siddique_abdullahBrother Siddique has over 12 years of teaching experience.  He has taught Arabic at Zaytuna Institute and Tajweed classes at Ilm Tree.  He was also a homeroom, Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Studies teacher at Al-Huda School in College Park, Maryland.  Brother Siddique is one of the first graduates from Zaytuna Institute’s Seminary Program with a Bache...
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Top 10 Most Common Arabic Phrases

Ready to learn some Arabic? Studio Arabiya has put together the Top 10 Most Common Arabic Phrases. [SlideDeck id='643' width='100%' height='300px'] What are some other common Arabic phrases that you can think of?
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