I recommend Bayyinah.com for Quranic arabic lessons by Nouman Ali Khan. He has many Quranic tafsir and Quranic arabic programs on his site including Arabic with Husna where he teaches his daughter easy 10-minute daily lessons on Quranic arabic. He teaches his daughter how to translate the Quran and discover meaning without the use of english translations. Through the 15 unit video series, he teaches beginner level arabic to advanced grammar nuances found in the Quran. He primarily focuses on Arabic grammar of the Quran much similar to the content of the Madina books. However, his teaching method and course structure is easier to follow. I used this website for 2 years and has greatly improved my understanding of the arabic of the Quran because he always uses direct examples from the Quran. Also, his sarf video drills helped strengthen my memory of verbal conjugation unlike any other source. The site require subscription of $11 a month but there is free 1 month trial

The popular Madina books are all available online as free PDFs which cover Quranic arabic but require you to read and do drills and practices on your own. There  are  video lessons for the Madina books available on youtube and other sites for free. These are the books primarily taught in masjids and Islamic schools.

There is also the use of the al Kitab books which I went through in college in the span of 6 semesters. The course includes online drills and videos along with in class activities. The books are designed for western students completely unfamiliar with Arabic. Ali Baa begins with the Arabic letters and how to read and write them.  The 3 books teach MSA (formal Arabic) and Masri (Egyptian Arabic) and Shami dialects along with providing a broad exposure to Arab culture and history. The books come with CDs to learn on your own but the course structure is primarily designed for classroom instruction.

For a good online Arabic language dictionary, try this site which also has a masri dictionary (Egyptian Arabic) http://www.lexilogos.com/english/arabic_dictionary.htm

A list of my favorite quotes, gems of wisdom from this book,

these quotes are from the translators introduction.

“The mind is a diver, diving deep into the sea of the heart to find the pearls of wisdom. When he brings them to the shore of his being, they spill out as words from his lips, and with these he buys priceless devotions in Allah’s markets of worship”

“the women said, ‘how is it that you do not show any feeling for your own son who has been smitten with the sword of death?’ The  shaykh said, ‘O my sad companions, you cry because you feel seperated from your son whom you love. I am always with the one I love. You saw your son in the dream which this world is, and you have lost him in another dream. Allah says, “this world is but a dream.” It is a dream for the ones who are asleep. I am awake.”

“the lute player repented. He threw his lute down and broke it. The shaykh said, ‘if this is Allah’s reward for the sincerity of someone who took this life as a game, what shall be the reward of the servant of Allah who is true and sincere all of his life?”

“keep sincerity in your heart, for without it you will not advance towards your Lord even an inch.”

“for each man has his herd of a thousand pigs, a thousand idols in his heart, unless he drives them away by submission and repentance.”

“fear Allah and none other. Hope from Allah and entrust all your need to Him; hope and want nothing from anyone except Him. Rely on Allah and on none other. Unite with Him, unite with Him, unite with Him.”

 

On point 👌 esp when I read:
“I have to remind myself on an almost daily basis about the spirit behind my hijab. I style it and match it, but remind myself that it is not an accessory. It is a form of worship to my Creator that I get to show to the world every minute that I’m outside. And so I try to guard my hijab as I do any other form of worship. As its purpose is submission to God, I try to ensure that I am not simultaneously “submitting” to anyone else’s code of dress while wearing my hijab.”

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By Maryam S.

When I first started wearing hijab, my mother would pin it for me every day—a square scarf that she’d fold into a triangle, pin under my chin, and whose ends I would then tie into a little knot on my chest. I’d go to school (where my sister and I were the only girls in hijab) like that, thinking that I looked pretty good, especially if I was wearing a particular blue silky scarf that made 5th-grade me feel glamorous. There were other aspects of my wardrobe that I wished I could change at 10 years old (namely the many denim shirts with flower decals that my mother loved buying me so much)—but I can’t recall feeling inferior to anyone because of my hijab style (or lack thereof, really) at that point in my life.

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“Who were you speaking to, O Messenger of Allah?”
“That was Ja`far bin Abi Talib in front of me with a group of angels. Allah replaced his arms with two wings with which he can fly wherever he wishes in Paradise.” اللهم صلي على سيدنا محمد و على اله و صحبه و سلم

Towards Enlightment

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The following story was narrated by Sayyidi Habib Umar bin Hafiz (may Allah preserve him and benefit us by him).

When Sayyiduna Ja`far’s right hand was cut off, he seized the standard with his left hand until that too was cut off. He then clasped the standard with both arms until he was mortally wounded. His companions took the standard from him and took him to the side. They found that he had been struck eighty times (by swords, spears and arrows) but all these wounds were on the front part of his body, not on his back or his side. This was because he remained firm and did not for a moment turn his back to the enemy. He was offered water but he refused to drink it, saying that he was fasting.

“You are fasting on an extremely hot day while being in the midst of this battle?” they…

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Tell me about love-sheikh Hamza Yusuf

http://youtu.be/ls_eQXGlXNA
This video makes me tear every time I hear it

True mahabbah for RasulAllah صَل الله عليه و سلم  is connected to Adab- high standard of character

حبّ رسول الله

صل الله على محمد صل الله عليه و سلم💛

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اعوذ بالله من الشيطن الرجيم. بسم الله الرحمن الريم

و الصلات و السلام على رسول لله و على اله وصحبه اجمعين

Asalamu alaikum

I hope this post will help/inspire/answer any doubts/questions/thoughts about Niqab

I have compiled a succinct list of reasons for Niqab from researching websites & have included my own thoughts. I wanted to keep this short so I didn’t go into details about things that are explained better on other websites.

A FEW REASONS FOR WEARING NIQAB:

-Firstly Niqab is an act of worship, to please Allah SWT, our creator
-its a part of the sunnah, the beautiful legacy left by our beloved صل الله عليه و سلم
-Niqab is another form of hijab. Try to think of all the reasons why you chose to wear hijab. The modesty, protection, hayaa, ibadat, and personal choice are all similar reasons for Niqab.
-Niqab deals with hayaa and understanding the difference between the public and the private sphere (home vs outdoors)
-builds Taqwa (awareness of Allah SWT)
-part of spiritual jihad, to purify nafs(ego). ask yourself: who are you dressing up for? what is your standard of beauty?
It is spiritual problem to be obsessed with personal appearances, or showing off one’s beauty or to seek validation and appreciation from other people to feel beautiful.
-Niqab eliminates the idea of superficial beauty
-In the west, Niqab becomes a form of da’waa of Islam, and reminder of the Muslimah Identity

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS

-Niqab is NOT EXTREME. Technically, everything is covered already, except the face and hands. Adding one small extra piece of cloth shouldn’t seem so drastic.
Niqab is not a bad image of Islam or Muslim women.
-The Ummahat al-Mu’mineenرضي الله عنهم were commanded to do so. They are THE role models that all Muslim women should aspire to. ^the commandment is mentioned in surah al-Ahzaab verse 53.

-Niqab is not just a CULTURAL ITEM. Its used for religious purposes as mentioned above^.
-NOT ALL NIQABIS ARE SALAFIS. Islam allows various opinions on the permissibility of wearing one. Most schools of thought recommend it as Mustahaab.
-Niqabs can be worn in different colors & styles. Interested in buying, please check out these online shops:

Niqab.co,

http://www.al-mujalbaba.com/categories/Women/Niqabs/

Mimodesty.com

http://sunnahstyle.com/14-all-niqabs

-although the face is completely veiled, it is NOT A BARRIER TO COMMUNICATION. In the era of technology and rise of social media, phone calling and texting/messaging are more of a concern for “barrier to communication.”
-EYE CONTACT IS KEY IN COMMUNICATION. More eye contact is made with a Niqab on than without it.

In the west, Niqab is a PERSONAL CHOICE
-personal experience of wearing Niqab differs person to person, IT CANNOT BE LABELED AS OPPRESSIVE, in fact it is LIBERATING RATHER THAN OPPRESSIVE.
It hides one’s skin color, ethnicity, race, age, and femininity. This allows the judgmental people to judge the Niqabi by her Muslim Identity first.
Western fashion media makes $$$ by promoting the idea that women are ugly without makeup. with Niqab theres no need to waste time and money on makeup to coverup flaws in order to feel beautiful.

There all kinds of people who choose to wear it for different reasons. “Niqab is a reflection and extension of one’s identity, without it being the sum of one’s existence” 
Quoted from this insightful article – https://medium.com/aj-story-behind-the-story/for-me-niqab-is-a-feminist-statement-13ca2fc2fe9a

My personal reflection of Niqab

From my short experience of wearing one, I find Niqab highly liberating rather than oppressive. ESPECIALLY here in the West. Where I live, I feel blessed to be able to walk in the streets without being fined and without being deterred from entering a College/University classroom.
Alhamdulillah
Mainstream media may not like to popularize the use of Niqab but comic cartoons are beginning to counter stereotypes: http://www.aquila-style.com/lifestyle/cosmopolitan-living/4-female-muslim-superheroes-countering-stereotypes/99117/ and so are, cute animated children’s cartoons, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pdbshf4iPE

there are also great Facebook groups such as,

https://www.facebook.com/groups/AllThingsNiqab/?fref=nf

check out this Youtube Documentary of a Niqabi in NYC sharing her experience of Niqab

Truly Niqab is a beautiful thing in Islam
& I can’t help but smile when I encounter another Niqaabi in the random streets of NYC
I hope to continue wearing mine InshaaAllah ^_^

May Allah SWT make it easy for those who wish to wear niqaab and may He make those who do wear it, steadfast. ameen

Salam

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The mawlid eulogy by Imam as-Sayyid Ja’far ibn Hasan ibn ‘Abdal Karim al-Barzanji (1690-1766 C.E) Rahmatullahi ‘alaih is popular Muslim poetry in praise of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam, universally recited to celebrate his birth (mawlid) on twelfth Rabi’ u’l Awwal. It is a poetic biography of the Holy Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam with his birth as its main theme. And when a Muslim says ‘mawlid‘, every other Muslim knows it is the birth of the sweet beloved Prophet Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam that is being referred to. This mawlid eulogy, just like dozens of others, is based on the Holy Qur’an Kareem, Hadith Shareef and books of seerah (history). It is in two parts. The first is Mawlid Barzanji Nathr, a 19 fasl (chapter) history…

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