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SunniPath Presents: Arabic and the Quran


Saturday, January 1, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (WET)

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Arabic and the Quran

Why Do We Study Arabic?

AArabic study has increased dramatically since 9/11. There are many reasons to approach the language and its new demand is being pushed from many different organizations. However, why do we study the language as Muslims? How necessary is it to practice our din? Is it okay to study it for financial or other non-religious reasons?

Join us this Saturday, New Year’s Day, to continue this discussion with Shaykh Sohail Hanif and Shaykh Sulayman Muhammad.

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Event Timing

This event will be on Saturday, January 1, from 6:00–7:30pm GMT. Directly below is a list of the starting time in different time zones throughout the world:

  • 10:00am PST - LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Phoenix, Vancouver (-8)
  • 11:00am MST - DeDenver, Salt Lake City, Edmonton (-7)
  • 12:00 noon CST - Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis (-6)
  • 1:00pm EST - NYC, Philadelphia, D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Toronto (-5)
  • 6:00pm - Casablanca, London, Dublin
  • 7:00pm - Oslo, Copenhagen, Brussels (+1)
  • 8:00pm - Amman, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Cairo, Johannesburg (+2)
  • 9:00pm - Mecca, Medina, Baghdad, Doha, Moscow (+3)
  • 10:00pm - Abu Dhabi, Dubai (+4)
  • 11:00pm - Karachi, Lahore (+5)
  • 11:30pm - Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi (+5.5)
  • 1:00am (Sunday) - Jakarta (+7)
  • 2:00pm (Sunday) - Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur (+8)
  • 3:00am (Sunday) - Tokyo (+9)
  • 5:00am (Sunday) - Sydney, Melbourne (+11)

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About Our Teachers

Shaykh Sohail Hanif

Shaykh Sohail Hanif is one of our best-loved scholars, whose kindness, sincerity, good humour and warmth resonate through all his teachings. Having spent most of his life in England and the Middle East, he is well-equipped with deep religious knowledge as well as sensitivity towards the modern context. He brings to his lessons a profound love for Allah and His Messenger, peace be upon him, and is a very patient instructor—no question is trivial, and every student is valued.

Shaykh Sohail has studied with numerous scholars in Amman, Jordan. He has studied Hanafi fiqh with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani, Dr. Salah Abul Haj, Shaykh Ashraf Muneeb, and Shaykh Ahmad al Jammal and Usul al-fiqh with Shaykh Ashraf. He studied introductory hadith sciences with Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya'qubi and is continuing his studies with Shaykh Hamza al Bakri. He studied aqida with Shaykh Muhammad al Ta'wil of the Qarawiyyin, Shaykh 'Isa Rabih, and Shaykh 'Abdul Qadir al 'Ani, a reputed 'Iraqi scholar and one of the authors of the renowned Kuwaiti Fiqh Encyclopedia.

For Arabic grammar, Shaykh Sohail studied with Shaykh 'Abdul Hayy al 'Imrawi of the Qarawiyyin and Shaykh 'Ali Hani, with whom he also studied tafsir.

Shaykh Sohail taught Arabic grammar at the Qasid Institute of Arabic language in Amman for five years, where he was also the head of the sciences section of the Classical Arabic department.

“Sheikh Sohail provided great spiritual insight to the seemingly small matters in which we are required to follow specific rulings. He was patient, and willing to repeat things, and treated all students with respect and and good humour. I do not have enough good words to explain what a pleasure it was to study this material with someone like this.”
—Kate Fryer, Research Speech Therapist, Sheffield, UK

“Shaykh Sohail was amazing, very knowledgeable and explained concepts well. I plan to take other courses with him.”
—Ahmed Abbasi, Student, Atlanta, USA


Shaykh Sulayman Muhammad

Shaykh Sulayman Muhammad is known to infuse warmth, humor, and a high level of excellence in his teaching. The combination of his gentle character and deep understanding of the Arabic language makes him the perfect instructor of beginning Arabic students, providing them with a solid foundation in the language.

Born in the UK and a graduate with Honors in Middle Eastern Studies (Arabic and Persian Language) from the University of Manchester in 1996, Shaykh Sulayman furthered his studies of Arabic by living in Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. He completed both the Dawrah in Classical Arabic at the University of Alexandria and two years of Arabic study at the famous Abi Noor Institute in Damascus. Shaykh Sulayman has many years of Arabic teaching experience in MSA and Rihla 1996/97 and experience teaching ESL at Amideast in Amman. He has been living in Amman since 2003 with his wife and children, continuing his studies of Arabic and the religious sciences with local shuyukh. He teaches introductory Arabic at SunniPath.

“The instructor is a very nice loving Muslim teacher. He helps us to greatly understand the task at hand. Whenever there is a problem he helps us to completely understand of what is going on, he is ready to take questions at anytime, and he has some side humorous jokes related to the passages that we translate in his class.”
—Usman Qadri, Middle School Student, Boonsboro, USA

“Ustadh Sulaiman is very passionate about the subject and even more passionate about helping us understand.”
—Tushar Bhuiya, English Tutor, Leicester, UK

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The Alphabet, Vowels, and Reading Words Fluently

This gateway to the Introductory Arabic courses will teach you how to read the Arabic script and articulate the Quran. By the end of the course, you will be able to open and read any vowelled Arabic text, as well apply basic tajwid rules to both the Quran and standard Arabic texts.

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Intermediate Arabic - Part 1
Grammatical Analysis of Noun-Sentence Hadiths

Go beyond the basics and apply introductory Arabic theory to read, understand, and grammatically analyze a hundred noun-sentence hadiths.

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In this study of a famous classical primer of Arabic rhetoric, gain an understanding of the key principles of rhetoric and how these principles are used to comprehend the Quran and Hadith.

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Designed to help you relate with the chapters that you recite most frequently, this tafsir course offers detailed and inspiring commentary of the short chapters at the end of the Quran.

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Ijaza in Hafs - Sura Zalzala to Sura Nas

The first in a series of three courses in which you will memorize and directly receive the last juz’ of the Quran from an authorized teacher, who will then train you in mastering its correct recitation. Successful completion of all levels will allow you to apply for an ijaza to transmit these chapters to others, with a chain of transmission back to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him.

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Saturday, January 1, 2011 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (WET)

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