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Many of our teachers are our own successful Arabists, who have been through the rigorous Ibn Jabal procedure themselves. This puts them in the best position to advise our students!

Salman Hasan

Muhammad Choudhury
Jubril Alao
Usaama al-Azami
Shaist Khan
Ruksana Nur
Mustafa Abdullah
Alia Azmi
Nazeel al-Azami
Ameen Kamlana
Nadia Khalid
Yusra Khreegi
Kamil Sheikh
Nicholas Mahdi Lock
Jamal Hussain
Salma Debar
Thamina Hashmi
Shafi Chowdhury
Wajahat Ali
Gulam Zilani
Saqib Hussain
Mamoon Yusaf
Sarah Waseem
Khadijah Zaidi
Mohammed Amejee
Sagir 'Haji' Hassam
Abu Khalid
Amjad Mahmood
Sunbul Husayn
Jillur Hoque (Abu Maryam)
Moosa Ali
Naeem Rashid




I read law at the London School of Economics (1997-2000) and completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law (2001). I started learning Arabic on a gap year after my A-Levels during which I did the first year of the Arabic degree at the School Of Oriental and African Studies (Certificate in Arabic). I then let my Arabic tick away in my head for four years while I studied law. After that, I packed my bags and with the blessings of my parents and family, I went to and enrolled on the undergraduate Sharia programme at al-Azhar University. I am now based in Dubai with the Islamic finance at Simmons and Simmons.

I co-founded the Ibn Jabal Institute in 2001 with my friend and colleague, Mohammad Motiur Rahman, and have taught many courses over the years. In 2004, I started writing a book on Arabic grammar which I have tentatively called 'Arabica'. Various drafts have been taught over the last few years and I have tried my best to judiciously incorporate the ideas gained from our students, their suggestions, their mistakes and of course, my mistakes. The final draft is being primed for publication later this year insha Allah. If you enrol, like previous students, you will be given a unique opportunity to participate in authoring a book on Arabic grammar.

In 2005 I fell in (arranged) love and got married in December that year. My wife says that she is my second wife, Arabic being my first. I confess it is a passionate attachment.

Salman Hasan



I read Philosophy at the University of Manchester and Education at the Universities of London (Institute of Education) and Lancaster (St. Martins College). Prior to that, I spent a gap year travelling and studying in Arabia. I initially enrolled at the University of Jordan and later took private tuition in Amman, Cairo and Damascus.

For a living I run a property development business. Apart from that I am training to be a better dad with help of my two little boys Mustapha and Ibrahim, and off course my patient other half, Husnara. I am increasingly fascinated by my boys’ grasp and use of language.

Since my gap year I saw teaching Arabic as the best way of preserving my own proficiency in the language. My tutor in Jordan told me learning Arabic is ‘EASY’. It is ‘easy’ if you just memorise 80 words every day. It is ‘easy’ if you just learn a few rules of grammar every day. And it is ‘easy’ if you just spend 12 hours studying every day. In applying this with some friends I was very encouraged by the results.

Early in 2001, over a cup of tea and hot chocolate, Salman and I concluded that everything taught in the first year of an Arabic degree, at most universities, could be covered in a few weeks with small groups of intelligent and highly committed students. Over the years many of them have told of us that they have never worked so hard and learnt so much in so little time.

Muhammad Choudhury


I read Economics at University College London (1999-2002) and subsequently (2002-2003) completed a Masters in Computer Science at the same institution. I started learning Arabic during my second year at UCL. My first exposure to any formal study of the Arabic language came in the summer of 2001. During that eventful (historic?) summer, I was among the first batch of students attending the nascent Ibn Jabal Institute. I did level 1 twice to consolidate what I had learnt (mainly due to the fact that I couldn’t travel to Syria to do Level 2). I then went on to do the second level of the Ibn Jabal course during term time over the course of my third year at UCL. Simultaneously, I did the SOAS course in Classical Arabic.

After graduating, I travelled to Damascus to learn Arabic and enrolled at the University of Damascus for the Summer Course. I was admitted into the third level and before leaving Damascus, I passed through to the fourth level. While at Damascus, I also enrolled at other institutions, learning some other Islamic sciences in Arabic such as Fiqh and Tajweed.

I am honoured, particularly as I am a former student, to be part of an excellent team of teachers who are seriously dedicated to teaching the Arabic language.

Jubril Alao


I am currently a finalist at St. Anne’s College, Oxford, reading Arabic and Islamic Studies. I gained my initial exposure to Arabic studies during my four years of secondary education in Saudi Arabia. This was intensified over two gap years (2002-04) after my A-levels, the first of which was spent at the European Institute for Islamic Sciences in France, and much of the second of which was spent studying in Saudi Arabia.

My first year in Oxford was primarily focussed on Persian acquisition. I did, however, spend several hours a week studying and attending (pre-Islamic) Jahili poetry classes, and I also frequented MPhil tutorials on Arabic Philosophical texts. I spent my second year in the Middle East as part of my course, primarily in Syria, but also for a time in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Turkey, concentrating for the most part on strengthening my Arabic. During my third and fourth years, I have had the opportunity to study extensively the science of Hadeeth

I have been teaching with Ibn Jabal since 2005, and have taught in London, Oxford, Manchester, and Leicester, and am always eager to meet a new batch of energetic and committed students!   

Usaama al-Azami




I read Economics and History at SOAS, University of London (2002-2005) and was subsequently elected as a sabbatical officer of the Students' Union. I am currently studying for a Masters in History with 'Islam in South Asia' as my major.

My study of Arabic until this year had been quite spasmodic but strongly formative. I learnt the Qur'an with tajweed from an early age so I have been fairly well exposed to the style and sound of the Arabic language from a young age. I believe that having this phonetic grounding has helped me greatly in my subsequent study of Arabic. In the summer of 2003 I travelled to Hadramaut, Yemen, where I took short courses in fiqh and aqeeda. It was on the Ibn Jabal summer program of 2006, where I completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 that I formally consolidated all my previous learning and added a lot of new material to my Arabic repertoire. I am currently studying Hanafi and comparative fiqh with the Ibn Jabal institute at Level 4.

I am also a student of Urdu literature and will be taking a course in Persian as part of my Masters degree.

The Ibn Jabal Institute takes a real academic approach to teaching Arabic and I am truly humbled to be among such an esteemed group of teachers.

Shaist Khan




I began my epic Arabic journey with a 3-week intensive Ibn Jabal Arabic course in the Summer of 2005. I followed up this course immediately with another 3-week intensive Level 1 course to consolidate my learning. I then progressed to the Level 2 course and eventually was honoured to be able to study in Syria in the Autumn of 2005, made possible by the Bounty of Allah and the generosity of the Ibn Jabal Institute.

During my 9 weeks study in Syria, I enrolled at the 'Arabic for Foreign Language Speakers' Department in the Abu Nour University, Damascus. Because of the very well structured delivery of my Arabic learning in London, I was able to enter the course at Level 3 rather than beginning with most other new students at Level 1. Although I found my course in Syria challenging (at times mind boggling!), it was both inspirational and motivating - and my previous learning put me on a par with other students in my class.

Since Syria, I have been developing my Arabic by talking as much Arabic as I can, reading as much Arabic as I can, looking up as many words as I can, and, most humbly, teaching (as much as my 'teachers', aka students, will allow me). I am also currently studying Level 4 with Ibn Jabal, where we engage with Hanafi fiqh - and come across lots of interesting issues for discussion (in Arabic!).

My Arabic journey has provided, and still is providing, me with amazing experiences. I wish and encourage everyone out there to take a step on that journey. It really is quite an epic path to tread - I promise that you will meet lots of people with pointy ears and/or beards!

Wa ma thawfeeqi illa billah.

Ruksana Nur



Geared for a career in Graphic Design or Architecture, I took the rash decision to study Arabic for my degree after attending a four-day beginner’s Arabic course, and have never looked back. I subsequently studied Arabic and Islamic studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (2002-2006), and spent a year in Alexandria, Egypt as part of this, where I also had the chance to study Tajweed in some depth.
The wealth of Arabic literature, poems, classical and contemporary works on religion that has been opened up to me as a result is truly overwhelming, but I still remember the day my seemingly endless uphill struggle with Arabic was made worthwhile, when I was able to read (and understand!) the story of the prophet Yusuf (Joseph) in the Qur’an.   

I am now continuing my Tajweed studies in the UK, as well as maintaining and further developing my Arabic through teaching, freelance Arabic media analysis, studying classical texts and listening to Arabic talks and lectures.

As with many things in life, the key to Arabic is practice, practice, and more practice. Armed with a good teacher and dedication, I believe that anyone can learn the language and enjoy its endless fruits; the Ibn Jabal way is excellent to reach a high level of Arabic proficiency in a very short space of time.
 


 
Nahid Mortuza



I grew up in the Lake District, and came to London in 1999 to read Medicine at Guy's King's & St. Thomas' Medical School. During my Medical Training, I took a year's break to study Classical Arabic at the Fajr Centre in Cairo, Egypt. I also used the opportunity to study Tajweed.   

On returning home, I began teaching Arabic at my University. I have since maintained my Arabic through memorising Qur'an, reading classical Islamic texts, and listening to talks and lectures. 
 

My introduction to Ibn Jabal came in summer 2007, when I attended their first ever Level 4 Balagha Course.

I am currently pursuing an MSc in Tropical Medicine and International Health at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
 I see teaching is a good way of not only retaining, but also acquiring further knowledge. I therefore feel privileged and look forward to this opportunity to work with like-minded, dedicated students and teachers at the Ibn Jabal Institute.  


Ameen Kamlana




Dr Nadia Khalid is a medical doctor who graduated from Imperial College London. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Medical Humanties from the University of London. She has studied Classical Arabic at the European Institute of Human Sciences in France and is an Quranic Arabic and Tajweed tutor. She is the Chair of the Muslim Doctors Association and has worked extensively on various health awareness initiatives and is an active supporter of the Acid Survivors Trust International. Nadia is currently training in General Practice in Northwest London and has specialist interests in Forensic Medicine and Humanitarian Relief work. In her spare time Nadia enjoys Islamic Calligraphy and horse riding.

Nadia Khalid 



I read Economics at University College London (2003-2006). My Arabic journey officially began in the summer of 2004 when I enrolled at the Ibn Jabal Institute. I studied the 3-week intensive Level 1 course then followed it immediately with the Level 2 course at the same institute. This allowed me to consolidate a lot of the Level 1 material and begin applying the Language.

Upon graduation from University, I travelled to Cairo by the grace of Allah for the duration of a year. I enrolled on to the Arabic course at the Dar Al Andalus Centre for Arabic, studying at the same centre for the entire year. I read various texts including Al-Kitab Al-Asaasee and Al-Aajroomiya.

Since returning, I have found progressing in my Arabic a challenge. Thus I feel honoured and grateful to the Ibn Jabal Institute for the opportunity to teach the renowned course, consolidating and supplementing my private study.

Kamil Sheikh



In 2000 I commenced my degree in History at the University of Leeds. Within a few months Arabic was added to my degree and in September 2001 I travelled to Morocco to study at the Arabic Language Institute in Fes. Whilst there, in addition to studying twenty hours a week at the institute, I privately studied al-Adwat ar-Rabt, At-Tuhfatu As-Saniyyah bi Sharh Muqaddimat il-Ajrumiyyah and al-Wadi fi l-Qawaid wal-'Irab.

In the final year of my degree I became the official translator for Leeds Grand Mosque, during which time I translated the weekly sermon and also did simultaneous interpreting of classes. After graduating in 2004 I moved to Nottingham to teach Arabic, Humanities and Islamic Studies at Nottingham Islamia School. In 2006 I became the first Arabic lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and in 2007 I obtained a Diploma in Translation (Arabic into English) from the Chartered Institute of Linguists in London.

In the summer of 2007 I began teaching with the Ibn Jabal Institute, teaching Level 1 courses in both Nottingham and Bradford.

Nicholas Madhi Lock



After learning to read the Arabic script at a young age, my first introduction to the language was at Islamic College where I studied basic Arabic grammar, morphology and vocabulary to GCSE level. I later read Chemical Engineering at UCL followed by a doctorate in Gas Engineering at Imperial College.

In 1996 I had the opportunity to travel to Syria where I completed a summer course at Al-Aminiyyah Shariah Institute in Damascus. The main subjects included Tajweed, Nahw, Seerah, Fiqh and Hadith. Trips to Jordan, Central Arabia and Egypt which followed helped build on the knowledge that had been gained previously and allowed me to put it into practice.

Even in parts of the world where Arabic might not be so widely spoken, I have found that there are always some people who speak the language and are very comfortable with it. One such place was the island of Lombok in Indonesia where school children as young as 9 or 10 are able to communicate in Arabic. There was something deeply reassuring about that experience and it constantly serves as a source of inspiration.

I have followed the Ibn Jabal Institute's progress over the past few years and have been impressed by the dedication and professionalism of all those who have been involved.

Mustafa Abdullah



I completed my BSc in Physics & Theoretical Physics at Imperial College and my MSc in Astrophysics at Queen Mary University, London. I then returned to Imperial College for a research degree, completing my MPhil in Astrophysics in 2005. Despite all these years of Physics, my main interest has been in languages and linguistics - my second language is French, my third English, and I very much enjoyed learning German whilst at university. My mother tongue is Arabic, which I studied in my native Tunisia. I have always greatly enjoyed learning Arabic grammar (and explaining it to others) because, to me, it is logical and systematic, just like Mathematics (and funnily enough, languages and Mathematics were my favourite subjects at school!).

I have lived in the UK since the age of 14, and have continued to read widely in Arabic, both classical and modern. In particular, my interest in Shariah and Islamic thought have directed my readings, and my command of Arabic has both helped and motivated me to develop my interest in Islamic sciences. Alhamdulillah after years of non-academic personal interest, I am about to start a postgraduate research degree in Islamic Sciences.

In addition to reading in Arabic, my language skills have been developed through extensive voluntary and freelance experience, giving me the ability to translate and interpret both modern and classical Arabic texts into English, including articles, papers and books for publication.

I first heard of Ibn Jabal 5 years ago, through a friend of mine who had joined one of their early courses and was finding it quite demanding though very enjoyable. This year another friend of mine joined the Ibn Jabal group of teachers, and it was through her that I got this opportunity to teach Arabic. Teaching here has revived in my memory those old beloved grammatical terms of my childhood, which, once explained and understood properly and practiced countless times, become engraved in one's mind - and that is what I hope to inspire in my students.

Yusra Khreegi



I am currently in my 3rd year at the University of Cambridge studying Arabic and Islamic Studies. The third year is spent studying abroad in the Middle East. So far I have spent five months in Egypt at al-Diwan Language Centre, and hope to spend the next three months in Jordan studying with private tutors and possibly at the Qasid institute.

I started studying Arabic with a Qur'anic Arabic course in Manchester in 2001. The following summer I attended a 6 week Arabic course at the European Institute of Human Sciences (EIHS) in Wales, and continued the same course at 'Tajdid 2002' the next year. I resolved at that point to take my Arabic studies further and committed myself to a four year long course at Cambridge. Teaching at the Ibn Jabal Institute offers me an exciting opportunity to impart to others the knowledge I have gained over the last few years.

Alia Azmi



I always wanted to learn Arabic so I could explore the Arab world for myself, and enjoy hearing its stories from Arabs themselves. I was impressed and even envious (in a good way) of some of my friends who were speaking so fluently to so many interesting people that I had little access to. It was clear that they were really content with and enthusiastic about their newfound knowledge.

I found the opportunity to take a year out after my A-levels to learn the basics. I spent a year speaking Arabic as much as I could to teachers and students alike and studying its grammar. As I was in a Muslim institute, I also had classes in the recitation of the Quran. After a few months, I was shocked to suddenly understand (almost in the same way that I understand English), at least on the surface, what the Quran was saying. I didn’t realise it could be so accessible for a lay person like myself!

I had the privilege to sit briefly with some scholars and teachers of Arabic as well as various aspects of the Islamic tradition. My time with them made me realise there is more to the ‘religious life’ than just academia. I also learned a bit about how hard some of these people work, and wondered if I would ever have their strength.

After returning to the UK, I enrolled at university in physical sciences and taught several different Arabic courses during my studies. I enjoyed it very much. I have also been a singer-songwriter producing songs in several languages including Arabic.

I have always held Ibn Jabal Institute in high esteem because I know how enthusiastic and hard-working its people are. I’m honoured to be their colleague this year.


Nazeel al-Azami




I read Computer Science and subsequently a masters in Software Systems Engineering, both at University College London. I work as an analyst software engineer in the City of London. In the first year of university I enrolled on a course in the sciences of reciting the Quran which induced me to study the Arabic language itself. After a year of independent study, I enrolled on a weekly course in classical Arabic which I later discovered was lacking the desired quality. Arabic and I then began to drift apart, until the historical summer of 2006.

I joined the famous Ibn Jabal Level One intensive course. In the company of zealous students taught by an awe-inspiring teacher, I felt impassioned and became engaged with Arabic. I continued with Level Two from spring 2007 and in summer 2007 I began to teach. Immediately after completing my masters, I packed my bags for Damascus supported by a generous scholarship from the Ibn Jabal Scholarship Fund.

I enrolled at Ma'had Lughah Al-Arabiyyah Lil Ajaanib  and was admitted to the final level (Level Six) of the two year course because of the solid foundation given by Ibn Jabal Institute's Level One and Level Two. By combining this with private lessons, I studied grammar, morphology, introductory rhetoric (Al-Balaaghah) and literature in addition to selections from various genres. Currently, I am studying Islamic sciences and Arabic literature with private tutors. I hope to instil passion in others for Arabic and to learn by teaching and teach by learning.


Jamal Hussain



I did a BSc in Human Genetics at the University of Nottingham (2001-2004) and then completed a Masters in Biochemical Engineering at UCL (2004-2005).

Being of Arab origin, I already had much exposure to the language and although understanding was not a problem, I lacked (and disliked with a passion!) the framework of Arabic grammar which prevented me from speaking fluent classical Arabic and fully mastering the language.

I had studied up to GCSE and since then my learning has been quite sporadic, taking a few summer courses (Tajdid 2002 & 2003) and following it up with evening classes at the UCL language centre. In September 2005, I had the privilege of travelling to Damascus and studying Arabic full time at the Abu Noor institute. During my three month stay there, I met an ex Ibn Jabal student and was so impressed with the course material and the proficiency that it could yield, that I promptly enrolled for both Level One and Level Two upon returning. 

Ibn Jabal has given me a real passion for the Arabic language with its millions of grammar rules (I know how sad that sounds!) and I really look forward to imparting some of the knowledge I have gained.

Salma Debar



I graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology.

Having long yearned to learn the language of the Qur'an, and through His mercy, I traveled to the European Institute of Human Sciences in Wales to study Arabic for a year. Alongside Arabic language, I had the opportunity to study the sciences of reciting the Quran (Tajweed), Prophetic Biography (Seerah), Arabic Calligraphy and some Jurisprudence (Fiqh).

Teaching has also been one of my passions and I have since completed a PGCE in primary education from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Thamina Hashmi


I graduated in 2002 from an Islamic Education Institute, having studied the science of Qur'ānic recitation (Tajwīd) and the Seven Qur'ānic Recitations, Jurisprudence, Qur'ānic studies, and Hadīth and riwāyah (the associated science of narrating Hadīth). My academic education was very traditional; I read under the tutelage of teachers with great academic merit in the classical disciplines they imparted.

In late 2002 I embarked on a year's travel throughout South East Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe. Since having returned I have held various posts including that of editor at an Islamic publishing house, and teacher of Arabic Language and Grammar and Islamic Studies to sixth formers and adults.

Teaching is a rewarding profession in so many ways, but particularly so when one is blessed with eager and motivated students and discussions are stimulating and intense. I am grateful to Ibn Jabal for giving me the opportunity to continue the practice in Leicester.

Shafi Chowdhury


After graduating from UCL in Pharmacology I decided to go to Syria and pursue my interests in Arabic Language and the Islamic Sciences. I was privileged enough to have private lessons studying the Islamic sciences focusing mostly on Jurisprudence (Fiqh), and Principles of Jurisprudence (Usool al-Fiqh). Principles of Islamic Belief (Aqeedah), and the science of Hadīth and Qur'ān were also among the subjects in my timetable of study.

 I am currently studying an MA in Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) . The time I spent in Syria was not nearly enough and I hope to go back as soon as possible.

Wajahat Ali



I read Medicine at Cambridge. During this period, I memorised the Quraan by heart and began familarising myself with the with the wonders of the Arabic Language.

As part of my medical course, I was awarded a scholarship from my Univeristy to practice medicine abroad. I decided to go to Egypt and it gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in the Arabic Language whilst also developing my medical knowledge, both of which I value greatly.

Before practising as a junior doctor in the summer of 2004, I taught the Ibn Jabal Level 1 Arabic Course to an enthusiastic group of students. My memories of my class still brings a smile to my face...

I am now specialising and work in a hospital in Oxford. My current career focus is neurosurgery together with research & teaching of medical students.

I consider this to be the right time to re-visit my old passion for teaching and sharing a language I enjoy very much. A fresh challenge with fresh faces. See you in class!

Gulam Zilani


After graduating with a degree in Physics from Jesus College, Oxford, I worked for two years as a Physicist before setting off for Damascus to pursue Islamic Studies. I completed Abu Nur's 3 year Ta'hili course in Arabic and Islamic Studies. 

I am currently studying Arabic and Fiqh privately in Damascus.

Saqib Hussain



Upon completing my A-levels I took the advice of my good friend Muhammad Choudhury and studied the Level 1 course of Ibn Jabal in the Summer of 2002, before attending a one month intensive course in Arabic and other Islamic Sciences held by IIDR called “Tajdid”.  Then I studied Medicine for two years at Manchester University, became the President of the Islamic Society, and the Communications Officer of the Students’ Union, all in an attempt to avoid taking another intensive Ibn Jabal course. 

After the Students’ Union job, I made a serious commitment to the language and enrolled in SOAS for a BA in Politics and Arabic, and was soon teaching Ibn Jabal Level 1.  I am primarily trained in Modern Standard Arabic, although my real passion lies in reading the Quran, and making this possible for my students.

I am currently in Alexandria furthering my Arabic studies as part of the degree course.

When I’m not teaching and learning Arabic, I’m an NLP Coach (www.mynlpresults.com) - I help my clients focus the power of their minds on achieving their life goals... such as learning Arabic!

Mamoon Yusaf



Teacher by profession, student by nature.

I graduated in Law from LSE in 2005 where my deep attachment to Ibn Jabal first began and then went on to Seconday English teaching in an inner city school in NW London. At the time, LSE campus was a hotbed for the IJ Institute which was developing its *Magnum Opus* - 'Arabica' as it is now known. Ibn Jabal has always been somewhat of a passionate affair - a looming figure on the horizon, a mysterious stranger alluring me with sweet nothings... compelling me to complete a frenzied Level 1 Intensive in the second year of university and then an awe-inspiring Level 2 Intensive the year after. These courses consolidated a month long residential and a Modern Standard Arabic Course I had completed previously and confirmed my desires. To seek more.

I was fortunate enough to spend my teacher's holiday during summer 2008 in Damascus, finally starting a trajectory I had been wanting to pursue for many years.

One of the greatest privileges and honours bestowed unto me has been the opportunity to teach Level 1 and share what I have gained in my clandestine Arabic encounters. IJ has been such an integral part of my formation - in so many senses - that it is difficult to summate how in vain I have struggled.

It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love Arabic.

Sarah Waseem


I studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at St Annes College, Oxford University. After that I worked for the Healthcare Commission for six years in healthcare inspection. Like most people I dabbled in Arabic studies doing the odd course here and there, but I first seriously studied Arabic after I completed my MSc in Culture and Mental Health at UCL (I don't think there's a connection there but who knows!). 
 
I took a couple of courses with other Institutes before joining the world of Ibn Jabalites, commencing my first course in 2006. I learnt so much from the course - the Ibn Jabal experience was just unique! I finished the course amazed at how much I'd picked up in so short a space of time.
I then started level 2, leaving mid way to take a six month career break to go and study in Egypt. I spent 3 months in Cairo where, owing to my Ibn Jabal background, I was able to start at level four. Having completed three levels in Cairo, I returned with much greater fluency in the language.
 
I started teaching with Ibn Jabal in 2008 and so far I have found that I learn as much from my students as they learn from me! 

Khadijah Zaidi


After completing a six year Shari'a program in the traditional Islamic disciplines at various institutes in the UK and South Africa, I embarked upon a degree in education and religious studies at Cambridge University. I am currently in my final year. My interests include all things Arabic: history, language, calligraphy...and food!

Mohammed Amejee

Assalamu alaikum

Like most Arabic for me has been uncharted territory...minus the standard few splashes on various holidays with my "showey, showey" arabic :-)

Taking the Level 1 Classical Arabic course at Ibn Jabal in 2007 changed everything...I set sail on a voyage that is now full steam ahead and totally irreversible. I fell in love with Arabic or rather its effect on my teachers who really have delved below the surface and gotten a taste of what one of the world's richest languages has to offer. Taking three consecutive courses at Ibn Jabal wasn't enough for me...I had to get involved and found myself part of Ibn Jabal's vision to unite Muslims with the most sacred of languages.

Having moved to Dubai in December 2008...I finally have the chance to get some real immersion and kick on with my Arabic studies. The best way to learn is to teach so I look forward to drowning you in the vast ocean that is the Arabic language, insha-Allah.

Wassalam

Sagir 'Haji' Hassam



Assalamu alaikum,
 
I am from the city of Homs in Syria and studied Arabic and Shariah for six years at secondary school in my home town and four years at the Damascus branch of Al-Azhar University (BA Takhassus Shariah, Ma'had al Fath), where I first met Salman, one of the co-founders of this institute. I have studied the following subjects at University level and have permission to teach them:
    
    - Arabic grammar (nahu and sarf)
    - Balagha (linguistics) and Jahili and Islamic poetry
    - Ulum (Sciences of) al Quran
    - Tafsir
    - Ulum al Hadith
    - Fiqh
    - Usul al fiqh
    - Tajweed
    - Seerah
 
I came to Dubai in mid 2009 to teach at the Dubai branch of the Ibn Jabal Institute. I also do private tuition for adults and children. I am married with a daughter.
 
Wassalam
 
Abu Khalid


I am a graduate in Arabic, Persian and Middle Eastern Languages of Manchester University. Upon the completion of my degree, I departed for Syria where I studied full-time for the next seven and a half years in Aleppo and Damascus. I am a resident in Birmingham (UK) and currently teach at Ghamkol Sharif Masjid and at the Sultan Bahu Masjid.

Amjad Mahmood




It was during secondary school whilst learning Spanish that I felt I really enjoyed studying language. Spanish stayed with me until I went to university and quite spontaneously picked up an Arabic course.
 
I read Economics at SOAS, University of London and continued to study Arabic part time at SOAS alongside my degree. Although it wasn't something I had intended to pursue in the long term Arabic is something I now wish to study indefinitely inshaa'Allaah. Recently I completed a PGCE in primary education. I have continued to study Arabic through part time courses.

Sunbul Husayn



I read Mathematics at Queen Mary University of London (1999 – 2002) and then completed a PGCE at the Institute of Education (2003). Following this, I started teaching as a Mathematics teacher and worked in various schools across London. In 2004, I got married and since then have had two wonderful children Alhamdulillah.

My journey into the beautiful language of Arabic started seriously in the winter of 2007 when I discovered the level one Ibn Jabal course. For the first time, all my prior learning started to come together and my love for the language was firmly established. The Ibn Jabal methodology had helped me to gain a lot in a very short space of time. Thereafter, I exposed myself to whatever Arabic I could find including completing a GCSE in Arabic and then travelling to Egypt for the summer of 2010 for an intensive course in Cairo at the Qortoba Institute. On my return, I was blessed with the opportunity to study Arabic at SOAS and in the first year completed the Certificate in Arabic. Whilst at the same time, I went onto level two of Ibn Jabal under an amazing teacher who enthused in me even greater love and passion for the language. I have since continued my studies at SOAS and am currently completing my third year.

Without any doubt, Arabic has been and continues to be an immensely important language in the world today and in particular due to its fundamental role in understanding the Qur’an and for this reason I am deeply honoured to be teaching this noblest of languages.

Jillur Hoque (Abu Maryam)



I read Medicine in London, graduating in 2005 and thereafter completed post-graduate medical training specialising in General Practice. In 2011 I graduated with distinction from SOAS with a masters degree in Islamic Law. 

My formal Arabic study began under Shaykh Ahmad al-Barouni with whom I read the well known 'Medina' course. Thereafter I completed Ibn Jabal's levels 1 & 2. It was in Alexandria, Egypt that I gained greater fluency in spoken Arabic.

Moosa Ali



I read Arabic and Persian at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. This included a year of intensive Arabic at the University of Damascus, the most rewarding part of the four-year degree. I graduated in 2007 with a high First. 

I did an MA in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS (2009), and then lived and worked in Turkey and China working as an English teacher, as well going back to Syria to improve my Arabic. In addition, I have worked sporadically as a freelance Arabic translator for various NGOs.
 
I've had a deep interest in the Islamic Middle East for a number of years now; not only in its history and literature, but also politics and current affairs. Besides Arabic I have also studied and speak Farsi (Persian) and Turkish, and I hope to complete a doctorate in the Turkish "language reform" (dil devrimi) in the next few years. 

Naeem Rashid



 
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