Category Archives: Arabic Language

Learning Tajweed, Part Five

 Learning Tajweed, Part Five My tenacity brought a big blessing. I inserted myself firmly into that madrassa, never missing a day, and always fully prepared for the lesson. I was surprised to discover that most of the ladies had no … Continue reading

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Learning Tajweed, Part Four

Reinstated At home, we poured out the whole story to my husband, who then said,”I know the husband of the mudeera. I will go pray Isha with him and find out what’s going on.” He was gone longer than usual … Continue reading

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Learning Tajweed– Part Three

Kicked Out! I spent a fruitful term sitting in the circle with the “literate” ladies.  We read, but the class focused on memorization. That was fine. I wanted more, however.  I knew that tajweed had rules of its own apart … Continue reading

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Learning Tajweed, Part Two

  The class met every weekday after Asr prayer til Maghreb. Basically, it was a memorization class. The teacher would recite a phrase, and we’d repeat it in unison. When her sensitive ear perceived improper pronunciation, the offender was singled … Continue reading

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Learning Tajweed

Hijab, women’s rights, Islam, and East vs. West are subjects that never fail to stimulate a good, often repetitive, conversation. Learning Arabic is another such topic. I am tempted to repeat my laments about my failure to achieve fluency, and … Continue reading

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Introduction to Arabic

  Before going to Saudi Arabia for the first time in 1986, I bought an Arabic phrase book with a cassette. The words to be learned were written in  both transliteration and Arabic script. Even then, I ignored the transliteration. What … Continue reading

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