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ali_fatheroforphans

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  1. I'm studying it through the ehawza institution which focuses on classical Arabic - very geared towards Quran and Hadith literature. But also have a tutor on the side who is teaching me Modern Standard Arabic and I'm working through a book. There are slight differences but learning MSA and classical Arabic go hand in hand. It'll also give you a great mix of vocab. Anyway I don't think it's easy doing it by yourself at all - you defs need someone to hold your hand in this journey if you decide to do it. Or at least an institution where you're provided with a step by step process to follow.
  2. Salam Alaykum, A major goal of mine which I'm working towards is to learn and inshallah master classical Arabic - which will take another 3-5 years. I've made some progress but long way to go. So this Ramadan I plan to engage in daily Quran reading and add a couple of new words to my vocabulary. I plan to learn like 10 new words per day - that's like 300 words for the entire month. Inshllah this will happen. I also plan to finish 2 books that I have in mind inshallah.
  3. There will always be disagreements if your presuppositions don't match.
  4. Salam Brother, Sorry to hear about that, may Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) give you sabr. In short this is a very lengthy discussion which can't be solved in one post. I know a great brother who studies at hawza Qom, he's written this article which will give you a lot of preliminary knowledge to be able to understand some aspects of this discussion. https://mindinmomentum.com/?p=378
  5. Most these types of people seem to have highly dogmatic beliefs and might not even have properly understood Islam. I would even question whether they uphold a true Islamic identity. If you do decide to study Islam you will slowly start to create a separation between 'Islam' and 'Muslims'. If you then see a display of 'low' and questionable behaviour you'll just totally be indifferent because you know that Islam is not defined by people. Islam can stand on its own and should also be evaluated based on its merits, teachings etc. Not based on fallible people who are prone to biases, errors, poor understanding, ego etc. I do understand your frustration though especially if it comes from those who claim to be 'scholars' etc.
  6. I would maybe study Islam?
  7. It's good in some ways and depends on the individual and what sort of style of learning they prefer. It does seem modern in terms of high quality recorded lessons etc. They also have tutoring options where you can privately get tutored by a hawza teacher. Tbh the hawza hasn't personally caught my interest. But it may work for someone else. They have a very traditional book styled approach. I have to admit tho ehawza is slightly old and a lot of the initial courses were recorded many years ago and are only in audio and accompanied by slides (except the later ones and the Arabic units). But I think that's not a concern for me and I've actually been drawn to it a lot. I feel the exposure to the practical side of irfan and theoretical mysticism is something that you don't find in many online hawzas. Plus Sheikh Mansour is at a level to be teaching irfan - with these units you can't just get anyone and expect him to be teaching as It depends a lot on the teachers spirituality etc. He is a very good scholar alhumdulillah and I've actually found these lectures extremely beneficial. The way Arabic is taught at ehawza (based on where I'm at atm) is very engaging. In some hawzas you'd literally want to sleep during an Arabic lesson. So lots of positives and grateful for this journey. But online hawza itself is not the solution. Learning on the side, meeting with fellow students have creating discussion circles, extensively researching on the side - all these things are essential if someone wants to be a good student.
  8. Completely agree. I too am a student of ehawza and the journey has been amazing till now alhumdulillah.
  9. I have consulted a few people who have studied many years at hawza Qom. They say that it's an entire different world with its own challenges. You might also realise that it's not what you may expect. They do point out that it's not as perfect as some people think. There are also many stories I've heard from scholars of people who entered hawza Qom and they were super excited and keen - after a while they dropped out. Definitely learn more about what hawza is all about and have a goal in mind. Do you want to do it for the experience or for actual learning? The online hawza route is a good option I feel based on your situation. Again don't feel like it's inferior to any other hawza. At the end of the day hawza literally teaches students the tools so they can navigate their ways when they get into research. You can even try to get hold of some great teachers and study with them in addition to online hawza. But, don't blindly get into any online institution, do your research. It's important to be exposed to good scholars and teachers who have the right framework. Ehawza seems to be a good one. I feel as Muslims living in the West it's possible to have a secular degree but also be consistently learning Islam on the side in a structured way. This is what will build communities going forward.
  10. Walaikum Salam brother, I've known you in the forum for a while - you're a great brother. Inshallah kheir! You're in my duas.
  11. Salam Alaykum brother, It seems to me you're assuming that your actions are only supposed to follow when you're in the right mental state and everything is going well. This will actually create a lot more stress brother. You're worrying too much about thoughts, emotions etc. The more you worry about it the more it'll grow in intensity. Think and imagine you're next to a river. The river symbolises your thoughts, emotions, desires mood etc. The more you try to fight the stream of flow the more you'll exhaust yourself and create a terrible experience. But imagine you stop fighting against the stream and just let your body float while you stare at the sky. Try to actually visualise this and see what happens. What would you choose to do? This may sound a bit strange lol but this may help you assess your framework and where your thoughts are coming from. Don't worry about why they're present. Don't worry about things that are not in your control. Focus on making choices and living based on your values. Just a question: do you have a job and work?
  12. It depends on what we assume to be the role of scholars in the modern world. I think they should be competent in their field and slowly and systematically be able to build the beliefs of individuals in smart ways. Then individuals can navigate their own way. Being aware of the issues the youth go through can also come through dialogue and discussion. A scholar just needs to be willing to listen and must then have the knowledge and wisdom to tackle these issues appropriately. A scholar doesn't need to sit through and watch an entire movie or engage in something that itself may potentially affect them. Being generally aware is different.
  13. This life is short and limited. It's not our ultimate destination. The only thing that matters is how we are in the books of Allah. Worry about making sure you've sought sincere repentance.
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