Beginner

Overview

Introduction to Madinah Arabic Books

The beginner section will make use of the Madinah Arabic books.

Madinah Arabic books is the world renowned program of study to learn Arabic language, used in Madinah Islamic University. These books are written by Dr Abdur Raheem who very kindly has kept them royalty free. Which means you can download these books free from the web without violating any copyrights. By the end of these books, you will know and understand around 80% of the grammar of Quran, Insha Allah.

A note about the volume numbers

Originally Dr Abdur Raheem has written 3 volumes of Madinah Arabic books, or to give them their proper name دروسُ اللغةِ العربيةِ لـغير الناطقين بـها (Durûs al-Lughah al-‘Arabiyyah li-Ghair al-Nâtiqîna Bihâ). Now these books are popularly known throughout the world as Madinah books. When Goodwords books and other publishers published these books by the name of Madinah Arabic Readers, they divided these three volumes into further volumes so there are altogether 8 volumes. Since these books are being used as text books in many schools, making smaller volumes means that kids in the school can study one book per year and finish the whole program in eight years. So currently the volumes work like this:

Original Volume 1 = Madinah Arabic Reader volume 1 and 2 Original volume 2 = Madinah Arabic Reader volume 3, 4 and 5 Original volume 3 = Madinah Arabic Reader volume 6, 7 and 8

This gives rise to lots of confusion. So to clarify, when I refer to any volume of Madinah Arabic, I am referring to the original volume.

Prerequisite for this section

You must be able to read and write in Arabic fluently. If you do not know how to read or write in Arabic or if you want to brush up on your reading/writing skills you can first follow At-Tibyaan by Dr Abdur Raheem. Or any other book you may wish.



Course 1

Madinah Arabic Book 1

Course Materials

  1. Durus al Lughah, the main text book. Download the book for free. If you want to buy the book they are readily available throughout the world. Check your local bookstores.
  2. Course key is the explanation of each lesson in English language. So you can understand the concept being taught. Download it from here. Keys are also available in Urdu and German.
  3. Solutions to exercises so you can check your work. Download from here.
  4. Glossary of words used in Madinah Arabic books. Download it from here.
  5. Videos of Brother Asif Mehr Ali teaching Madinah Arabic books. This is the true gem. You can watch all three Madinah Arabic books being taught by a teacher who is as enthusiastic about teaching Arabic as he is knowledgeable. These videos are high quality and available free of charge, a courtesy of Institute of the Language of the Quran Toronto. You can download the videos from here or watch them on YouTube.

Optional Study Aids

  1. Vocabulary learning aid for Madinah Arabic Book 1.
  2. Anki flashcards for Book 1 vocabulary. If you are not familiar with Anki please read this.
  3. Colored worksheets for the first 10 chapters of the book can be downloaded from here.
  4. Grammar notes in a visual form.
  5. Audio files of Madinah Arabic Books narrated in Arabic, English and Urdu.
  6. Madinah Book 1 Handouts (referred to in the videos).



Course 2

Madinah Arabic Book 2

Course Materials

  1. Durus al Lughah, the main text book. Download the book for free. If you want to buy the book they are readily available throughout the world. Check your local bookstores.
  2. Course key is the explanation of each lesson in English language. So you can understand the concept being taught. Download it from here. Keys are also available in Urdu and German.
  3. Solutions to exercises so you can check your work. Download from here.
  4. Glossary of words used in Madinah Arabic books. Download it from here.
  5. Videos of Brother Asif Mehr Ali teaching Madinah Arabic books. This is the true gem. You can watch all three Madinah Arabic books being taught by a teacher who is as enthusiastic about teaching Arabic as he is knowledgeable. These videos are high quality and available free of charge, a courtesy of Institute of the Language of the Quran Toronto. You can download the videos from here or watch them on YouTube.

Optional Study Aids

  1. Vocabulary learning aid for Madinah Arabic Book 2.
  2. Anki flashcards for Book 2 vocabulary. If you are not familiar with Anki please read this.
  3. Grammar notes in a visual form.
  4. Audio files of Madinah Arabic Books narrated in Arabic, English and Urdu.
  5. Madinah Book 1 Handouts (referred to in the videos).
  6. Madinah Arabic side book for reading.
  7. Madinah Arabic side book for expression.



Course 3

Imam Ibn Saud Arabic Level 1

Note

This course is optional. But going through these resources will result in stronger understanding of Arabic composition and build on the vocabulary, Insha Allah.

Course Materials

  1. Imam Ibn Saud Arabic – Reading and Writing- Level 1
  2. Imam Ibn Saud Arabic – Lessons from the Quran – Level 1
  3. Imam Ibn Saud Arabic – Expression – Level 1
  4. Imam Ibn Saud Arabic – Picture Dictionary of words