The Journey Diary

These are small snippets from my journey. I hope this inspires you to take your own.

  • POWER FOOD FOR THE CHALLENGE

    This stuff kept me going! 😀

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  • Arabic Typing Practice

    I practice typing Arabic by using the Arabic Keyboard and writing down “Alice In Wonderland” 😛

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  • ‘THE MAGIC OF THE QUR’AN”

  • VERBAL IDIOMS

    “Verbal Idioms of the Qur’an” by Mustansir Mir IS BY FAR ONE OF THE MOST USEFUL BOOKS IN MY JOURNEY!

    Basically, in any language idioms and phrases play a bigger role than individual words. And so it is safe to assume that some one who has mastered every single word of the Arabic, but has not studied how the idioms work, will have a very hard time. Simply because a family of words often tell a bigger story than just mere isolated words.

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  • Mutaraadifaatul Quran PRACTICE

    So the way I practiced from the Mutaraadafaatul Qur’an was that I would A.) literally flip through the book and whatever section I would find interesting I would write them down with their respective ayah examples. And B.) If a word in my Qur’an study would come up that had a similar meaning another word, I would then swan dive into the MQ. (lol, much shorter way of saying it.)

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  • Mutaraadifaadatul Quran or A beauty of the Qur’an

    This book is so awesome that I went ahead and learned how to read Urdu just so I could have independent access to this! And boy, was it worth it, aH!

    The Qur’an often uses multiple words that have almost similar meanings. Notice I said “almost similar”. As you can see, this is where Qur’an translation attempts fall short. And it’s not entirely their fault, you can only really translate so much.

    For example:

    There are 5 different words in the Qur’an used to convey meaning of “To Choose”. But they each have their on specific characteristics and purpose.

    1. اختار = To choose the best option out of many other other options.

    2. اصطفى = To choose something due to its purity. Because of a specific quality. So a reason behind the choosing exists.

    3. اجتبى = To choose someone and make them close to you.

    4. استخلص = To choose someone for a specific purpose. So while اصطفى is choosing based on some existing quality, استخلص would be used for a specific purpose.

    5. اصطنع = To choose some one for a specific person AND then proceed to train them for that purpose. Like an internship.

    This was just one example! One of the many beauties of the Qur’an is that it uses the perfect word at the perfect place to convey the perfect meaning.

    I hope this clarifies why the Qur’an cannot be translated.

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  • Quotes I love

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    I’ll translate one of them though:

    العلم ما نفع و ليس العلم ما حفظ

    Knowledge is that which benefits,
    Knowledge is not that which is memorized.

  • Surah Yusuf

    Taking a day off just to explore Surah Yusuf.

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  • Endless flippings and regular rewinds

    It’s losing it’s binding cover, should I be sad or happy? I’m happy.

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  • سهلويه : الكتاب ١

    Finished the first book of Sahlawihy. Honestly some of the weirdest tales I have ever read. But I am an overall weird person. So we got along real well. 😛

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  • BOOK 1/3 FINISHED! ALHAMDULILLAH!

    I just finished the third book of Muhammad Mohar Ali’s books.

    Two more to go. I’m gonna the remaining two, iA, by Sunday! That will give me five days left for extra polishing! {And yes for some reason, I like doing things backwards}

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    For those wondering what these books actually do… Basically words that come up in the Qur’an are presented on the side with enough analysis needed to improve your Arabic. While not the most comprehensive, it’s a great reference tool! And Alhamdullilah has been such a help.

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    May Allah reward the author!

  • Quizlet Rocky Balboa Session! :)

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  • 50 RANDOM AYAHS TEST! PART 2

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  • 50 RANDOM AYAHS TEST! PART 1

    GETTING BETTER ALHAMDULILLAH! PRAISE THE LORD!!!

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  • 25% of Qur’anic Non-Verbs

    LemmaFrequencyMethod: Episode 2

    I now understand 25% of the Qur’anic Non-Verbs.

  • 19% of the Qur’anic Arabic

    LemmaFrequencyMethod : Episode 1

    I know understand 19% of the Qur’anic text.

  • Breathe Eternity

    Every day I try to reach the end of this book.

    Every day I fail.

    There is just no way!

    We as humans are always chasing things that never end.
    Yet everything, every scenario, every situation ends.

    Except this one book.

    It is The eternal words of The eternal being.

    It is the essence of eternity.

    I read this book and it feels as if I’m reading eternity.

  • Oct 20 / 2014

    UGGHH LESS THAN 15 DAYS LEFT TILL I TURN 20!!! AND LESS THAN 50 DAYS LEFT TILL PROJECT DEADLINE!!! EEEEEEKKK!!!

    Ok I need to increase workload!

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    Summary of today was:

     

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    And then a very good friend of mine from London is helping me out by giving me articles so that I could drown into Arabic vocabulary! Here’s is what I worked on today:

    شبكة ريال مدريد العربية : مدرب ريال مدريد كارلو أنشيلوتي ظهر في مقابلة حصرية مع صحيفة Sun البريطانية ، كارلو أنشيلوتي سؤل عن إرتباط ريال مدريد بضم الشاب الإنجليزي رحيم ستيريلنغ وقال : إنه لاعب من نوعية كبيرة ويمتلك موهبة عالية وهو من أفضل اللاعبين الشباب في أوروبا في الوقت الحالي ، هو مثل خيسي الذي هو في حالة الإنتعاش من الإصابة في الوقت الحالي ونتمنى أن يعود سريعا ، في خططنا يبدو إن رحيم لايندمج فيها . وعن ستيفن جيرارد قال أنشيلوتي : هو لاعب عظيم وقائد كبير ، مثل مالديني في ميلان وهو واحد من اللاعبين الذين أحببت تدريبهم ولكني لم أستطع فعل ذلك ، حاولت جلبه لـ ميلان لكي يلعب مع بيرلو في المحور . وعن مدرب ليفربول رودجرز قال أنشيلوتي : هو مدرب رائع ، عندما كنت في تشيلسي كان يدرب ريدينغ وكان لديه علاقة قوية بمساعدي بول كليمنت . وعن ليفربول وعدم فوزه بالدوري في الموسم الماضي قال : آسف كثيرا لـ إنهم لم يفوزوا بالدوري ، لقد قدموا دوري مثالي للغاية وكانوا يستحقون التتويج . وعن ألقابه في دوري الأبطال قال : لا أفكر في الوصول لـ المدرب الكبير بوب بيزلي أو تجاوزه ، أنا كارلو أنشيلوتي وأريد وأتمنى الفوز بالبطولات في هذا الموسم ، أنا محظوظ لتدريب ريال مدريد وبالطبع أنا فخور من أجل ذلك .

    Translation:
    The Real Madrid Manager, Carlo Ancelotti, appeared in an exclusive interview with the british newspaper The Sun. Ancelotti was asked about Real Madrids commitment on getting the young British Raheem Sterling. He said: “He is a player of great quality, he is very talented, and he is one of the best young players in England at the moment. He is like Jese , who is in a state of recovery from an injury currently and we hope he comes back fast. –It seems to be in our plans that Raheem Sterling doesn’t really fit in.– And regarding Steven Gerrard, Ancelotti said: “He is a great player and a experienced leader. Just like Maldini of Milan, he is one of the players I would have loved to coach but I wasn’t able to do that. I tried bringing him to Liverpool so he could play alongside Pirlo in midfield.” And regarding the Liverpool coach Rodger, Ancelotti said: “He is a wonderful coach. When I was in Chelsea, he was coaching Redding, and he had a very strong relationship with my Assistant, Paul Clement.” When asked about Liverpool not winning the league last season, He said: “I am so sorry that they didn’t win the league. They played exceptionally and they deserved to be awarded.” And about his title in the champions league, He said: ” I don’t think about getting to the big coach Bob Paisley or getting past him. I am Carlo Ancelotti. And I intend to and hope to win the tournaments this season.
    I am lucky to manage Real Madrid and obviously I am proud of that!

     

  • Lessons learned in Hajj 2014

    Just some of the few things out of the many that Allah taught me during the journey. A lot of these were from sitting in the company of a person whom Allah (saw) has truly blessed. I don’t know if he wants me to mention him, so please make dua for this individual :

    -Remember Allah before and after each bite or sip you take. Remember Allah between your breaths, between the inhalings and the exhalings. Remember Allah between your steps; that short period where you are balancing on one leg.

    -Whenever someone or something disappoints you, KNOW that there is a name of Allah that promises to fill that exact void.

    -How can you know Allah if you don’t know his names?

    -Seriously, read more Qur’an. What the heck Nabeel!

    -Don’t just Pray. Instead, PERFORM! Learn the difference of “doing” vs. “performing”. Go watch a circus or something to understand what “performance” means.

    -Stop treating the Prophet (saw) as a delivery man of Islam. Learn to love him, because he loved you more than you love yourself. The Christians say that Jesus died for their forgiveness of their sins. But, my Prophet LIVED for our forgiveness.

    -The Prophet (saw) told us that he asked for forgiveness a hundred times a day. Let’s say you do this? How many times do you really need to ask forgiveness for Allah to forgive you? Only one. Then what about all the other ones? They are for YOU. So you can forgive yourself. We need to forgive ourselves and move on.

  • I’M BACK!!!

  • MASJID-UN-NABI IS QURAN STUDYING HEAVEN

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  • HAJJ!!!

    GUESS WHAT WEBSITE!

    I AM GOING ON HAJJ!!!

    Sorry I’ve been away for so long. But I’ve been making loads of progress. At like lesson 25 in ATUSHL. And the circle drawing Quran study is SOOO ENGAGING and EASYYYY!!!

    BUT BACK TO THE TOPIC OF HAJJ!!!!!

    IM GOING ON IT!!! EEEEEEK!! Alhamduilllah!

    THIS IS IT! I think this is the next step! Allah is calling me! AND IM SURE IM GONNA ENTER THE NEXT STAGE OF LEARNING!

  • Testing

    Testing if the phone app works

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    SO DOES IT?

  • 9/1/2014 NO MORE CRYING!!! BACK IN BUSINESS!!!

    NO MORE CRYING LIKE A LOSER! IT’S TIME TO MAN UP! IF SOMETHING ISN’T WORKING AS IT SHOULD, STOP DOING IT! TRY SOMETHING NEW!!

    SO here is what I started.

    allthearabicyouneverlearnedthefirsttimearound.com

    ^This is basically the website version of an AMAZING yet rare book titled “All The Arabic You Never Learned The First Time Around” by James M. Price.In the book he serves to do to precisely what he states in the title. The book has a very simple, and sometimes flat-out funny,  approach to teaching Arabic grammer. It has 55 drills and 7 Authentic Arabic Exercises.

    Anyways, I did 6 drills today. That’s 32 pages of instruction! 😀 ALHAMDULILLAH! I FEEL GREAT AGAIN ABOUT LEARNING ARABIC!

     

    Here are pics of the 6 drills. (Uncorrected. As these are freshly done and uncorrected homework pieces. There might be mistakes. 😛 Hehehe)

     

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  • SCREAMING FOR FIVE MINUTES STRAIGHT!

    It’s been fifteen days and I’m really scared that I’m not doing things correctly. I’m really frustrated. And sad. I have a feeling I might slip into depression. Time is running out. YA ALLAH HELP ME!

     

  • Things Getting Hard. 8/27/14

    I have a confession to make.

     

    This is getting hard. Like really really hard. I’m copying down words, and isolating grammar concepts and trying to get them in my mind. I feel like everything I note down is only staying on the paper and seeping through into my mind. :( It’s all getting really hard. So I know there must be an easier and simpler way. BECAUSE THAT’S what the ayah says!

    So now, I’ve decided I’m just gonna read through the Qur’an once in Arabic, and whatever doesn’t make sense I’ll learn it. Instead of the other way around, where I learn things and then hope they come up. EVOLUTION TYPE LEARNING, FTW! iA!

     

    P.S. I’ll Release a Video Tomorrow, TO RECAP EVERYTHING SO FAR, ALL THAT I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT LEARNING!

  • 8/21/14 RESOURCES + NEW BOOK!

    HEY SALAAMS EVERYBODY!

    So I got this new book and ALHAMDULILLAH it’s everything I’ve been looking for! (Does 54:17 hint to the meaning that Allah will help those who take the first step?)

    Check it out!

    Fluent Forever

     

    Also when it comes to the resources I am using in my studies, here ya go:

    http://corpus.quran.com/ (honestly, where I spend most of my days. This site is literally the best.)

    http://tanzil.net/ (Crucial site. Text is copy friendly, and recitation and translations are so easy to navigate. PLUS, hover over the ayah for translation. Need I say more?)

    http://ankisrs.net/(A SRS flash card software. SRS= Spaced Repition System. It helps from transferring short-term memories to long-term memories. Will explain more in future posts.)

    That’s pretty much it for now! 😀

  • 8/20/14

    So what I learnd in the last two days is that I have to deep dive into the Qur’an. This will teach me the context of the words automatically. (Well, that’s the hypothesis) For example: Just by closely observing the various instances of the word “إن”, I have come to understand more of how the word works, when it is negative, what different contexts it can have, etc,.

    Currently I’m trying to master (the memory and vocabulary of) Surah Isra.

    Also I have noticed that those ending Nasb Nouns at the ends of ayahs are sometimes very rare, so getting them ingrained in the long-term memory is going to need a new method. Have to work on that.

    That’s all for today.

  • 8/19/2014

    Ok so i’ve been gone for a while. Totally went AWOL, I know. I can explain. So basically this is what happened:

    I got a last minute call from people I’m close to help out a muslim camp happening near by and be a counselor. TOTALLY UNEXPECTED. But, nevertheless a lovely experience. I was gone there for like a week.

    AND Then I had to go to Dallas for a wedding…

     

    WHY AM I TELLING YOU THIS? Well…
    Honestly, I’ve been kinda slacking. And it’s not cool at all. So here is me. Rolling up my sleeves. IM BACK IN BUSINESS!!! iA!

  • Days continued

    Learned all these cool new words and how they kinda work:

     

    WORDS!!!

    WORDS!!!

    Also did many pages from this wonderful book!

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    UNTIL TOMORROW!

  • Intro.

    So I started this journey a week ago when Ramadan ended. Buying 500 flashcards and tremendous amounts of notebooks, I’ve been working really hard. But then I realized that I was just jotting down things down on paper without getting familiar with the concepts and words. I also realized I was not tracking my progress. Hence, this website’s creation.

     

    Now that I’m starting new, the first day will be “Day 2”, because I did learn a whole lot in the last week it was just not properly tracked. When it comes to the journey diary, it consists of two parts. First is the Arabic, and the other is the (refreshing) memory of the Qur’an.

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