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First Time Visiting Home!

Ever since we first arrived in Egypt, I had been planning to visit home at least once during our program. As the months passed I grew more and more eager to return home and see my family. I had it in my head that I wouldn't be able to go more than 4 ...
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Who Are You?

I have friends that left to go study abroad and didn't visit their family's back home until the end of their studies. For some, that only meant a year or two, but for others it meant 10 years. I'm not entirely sure my mother would forgive me if I dec...
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8th Month Study Abroad Update

I'm pleased to say that we've now been studying here in Egypt for almost 9 months.It feels like an amazing feat and the progress we've made is really starting to show. Everything from reaching the 8th level in our text 'Bayna Yadayk', to being able t...
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It's not as easy as it looks

"It's not as easy as it looks," I think that's what I would tell students interested in studying Arabic abroad. Not to discourage them but to be real with them. A lot of people come abroad with this unreal expectation of what it means to...
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A Lesson from Our Weekly Suhba

Every few weeks I am blessed with the opportunity to gather with other students from around Cairo and to enjoy each other's company all while receiving an essential spiritual reminder from our shaykh. This past week, Shaykh discussed the importance o...
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Renewing Your Intention

Over the past few weeks I've felt myself getting a bit tired. The constant repetition of classes, morning and evening. The constant memorization of new terminology, vocabulary, Ayat, texts from books of Fiqh and poetry from poems of Tajweed and Theol...
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Connecting with Egypt

A few weeks ago, I decided to start taking a class in Calligraphy at this little school located near Masjid al-Azhar. I was ecstatic about starting, as I've always wanted to learn Arabic Calligraphy, and this school came highly recommended by a frien...
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These Sins Will Destroy You

We don't always think about the repercussions of our actions. In fact, when you read the word "repercussion", you probably think of someone going to jail for murder or something severe. Small actions that we do daily tend to be overlooked and oftenti...
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It's All About What You Put Into It

Not much has to be said on the topic of studying Arabic that hasn't been said already in the last few posts or by a plethora of speakers on the subject. Though there is one thing I believe needs to be said: "It's all about what you put into it."I've ...
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Biggest Differences: Living in Egypt Vs. America

After being in Egypt for five months now, I feel like I've gotten a pretty good grasp on the Egyptian lifestyle. It differs greatly from that of an American lifestyle, (i.e. the only lifestyle I've ever known). Here are some of the key differences ab...
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This was a tough one.

Month 4 coincided with Ramadan. I had heard so much about how exciting Ramadan was here in Egypt prior to my arrival here. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for me, I'm quite the boring individual and felt no need to traverse the streets of Cairo lookin...
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Ramadan Kareem from Egypt!

We are now approaching the 4 month mark of our stay here in Egypt! I'm ecstatic that we've made it thus far. In the beginning, I was worried about how time would pass slowly and the days would feel so long, and how being away from home would be unbea...
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Are we there yet?

Not too long ago, one of my teachers Sh. Abdul Wahab Saleem posted the following online, "Grammar, morphology, vocabulary and rhetoric are necessary subjects for the student of Islamic studies. However, a very few pay serious attention to this. For t...
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3 Months and Counting!

I can't believe it's already been 3 months since my husband and I arrived here in Egypt. What an amazing journey it's been so far! We've experienced many ups and downs, but overall our time here was been incredible.In the past three months, we've cov...
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It's Too Early To Give Up

So it's been 2 months since classes have started and I'm officially going through the "this-language-is-kicking-my-rearend phase". Let us be realistic for a moment and get over the romanticized notion that learning the Arabic language is the key for ...
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First time Arabic Student

I chose to study Arabic for the sole reason of getting to know my Creator better. Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) revealed the Qur'an to mankind in Arabic and filled the language with beauty and eloquence unmatched by any other language. ...
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Why Studio Arabiya?

July 18th, 2010 was the day I decided that it would be better for me to submit to the will of God than for me to be one who submits to the will of my desires. That is when my journey into Islam and subsequently of Islamic knowledge becam...
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Egypt Has Stolen My Heart

Egypt medicates your perspective. From the towering pyramids, to the poor shacks you see scattered around the city..it's like I've stepped into a whole new world.I never believed I came from privilege. In fact, if I ever described a person as having ...
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22 Hours and 5 minutes

22 Hours and 5 minutes. The trip to Egypt was the longest conscious trip I've made in my adult life. Granted there was a 7-hour layover in Turkey, the other 13 hours, floating over the Atlantic, left lots of time to think. This experience was a quiet...
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Dar al-Uloom

Dar al-uloomDar al-Uloom was founded in 1871 in Cairo, Egypt.  It is both an Islamic and modern secondary educational institution.  It began as a means to introduce those in mosque colleges to new knowledge emanating from the West.  In 1946, it was incorporated into Cairo University and the faculty is delegated to offer B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in the Arab...
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