May I ask whats your last name brother? I cant pm u but maybe u can pm me?
May I ask whats your last name brother? I cant pm u but maybe u can pm me?
Ask to enter the brothers forum they will let you in.
Your Arabic level was basically mine at that age. Just try really hard to learn to read. Once you learn to read you will have such an advantage (like I did insha Allah) because you will be able to understand.
I did a few days ago but its pending acceptance or whatever. Are the schools there very strict on age requirement and stuff. Or are they lenient like if I go will they say no your not old enough or what would they say? Also are there schools that allow from my age to get in?Originally Posted by Omar HH
Well go tell the person I told you to email that you are 15 and ask him about this.
Ok thanksOriginally Posted by Omar HH
If you need any more help ask me.Originally Posted by Ali08
You could also do distance learning - and there are some scholars that do this - but you have to have really solid Arabic reading skills.
I emailed him he told me about Sheikh Yacoubi but had no contact info and told me about Abu Noor institute. I told him I was 15 wanting to study there blah blah blah and he said unfortunately we dont have that info.
Abu Nour is very good. My Imam went there to study. Imam Zaid Shakir also went to Abu Nour institute. They have a 4 year `Alim program. It was headed by the great Shaykh Ahmad Kufftaro (rahimahullah ta`ala!).Originally Posted by Ali08
Unfortunately I think there are restrictions now and I don't think they allow foreigners to study there.
As for Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya`qoubi he is a wonderful Hanafi scholar of Ahlul Sunnah wal Jama`ah. He is ingenious! I do not know his contact info either. He is not only a Hanafi scholar but a spiritual guide and has many murids (disciples).
The person I told you to email, Shaykh Ninowy, does distance learning. Ask him what you have to learn - (make sure you learn Arabic reading as fast as possible) for you to be able to study under him distance learning and what he teaches distance learning.
Insha Allah goto this website:
Join the message board and post that you are a 15 year old former Shi`a who is very interested in becoming a scholar and gaining sacred knowledge in Syria. Say that you would like to find places to study and ask if anyone has contact information for Shaykh Ya`qoubi. Insha Allah ta`ala they will help you out as Shaykh Ya`qoubi has - I believe - murids on that board if I am not mistaken.
And lastly do istikhara always and may Allah reward you and guide you and help you and give you all good in seeking the path to knowledge. Please read what I posted above from Shaykh Abu Qanit al-Hassani about purifying your intention and then may Allah give you enormous tawfiq and give you the highest of Jannah. Don't forget to make du`a for me.
Thank you so much,
Thanks for all the info brother. Thanks for all the effort and timeOriginally Posted by Omar HH
I am a syrian citizen will I still be counted as a foreigner?
They will most likely not let you into Abu Nour. Allah knows best, perhaps I am incorrect.Originally Posted by Ali08
Also if you will be learning about the Din - then right now you should start memorizing the Qur'an in Arabic and learning the basic required knowledge for your prayers, and fasts, and other things to be valid. For Maliki fiqh goto www.guidinghelper.com. If you are interested in Hanafi fiqh then goto SunniPath.com (I bet you will like Maliki fiqh better if you learn about it - but this is Omar's personal plug for his madhab and if you disagree it's all good!)
You still have a few years which is insha Allah more than enough time to memorize alot of Qur'an, to improve your memory, and to memorize ahadith. I have a specific excercise that can improve your memory insha Allah which I can send you through email. This has been taught by traditional Ahlul Sunnah wal Jama`ah scholars.
Also prepare to study something to get a job in something. Unless you want to be a full time `Alim learn some kind of trade (maybe translation into Arabic! maybe something even that doesn't require college) to make some money.
Now also take the advice given by Shaykh Muhammad al-Ya`qoubi of Damascus (may Allah continually raise his station and sanctify his soul):
Many Western universities have departments of religious studies that offer university degrees in Islamic studies. The question to ask is what is the goal of their curriculum? Do they intend to serve our Deen and provide our Ummah with ulama who know the shari'a? More importantly, do they really even present the Islamic point of view? A look at their curricula and the textbooks and the reference books they use will provide clearly negative answer as shari'a cannot be taught by John and George and the like and their writings. What is also important to examine is the methodology of studies the Western academia follows in its claimed quest for knowledge as the most predominant approach to the study of religion in post-modern times is the anthropological and the historical, both of which disregard the sacredness of texts and the impeccability of Prophets. They do not teach our shari'a; rather, they teach about it; they teach its history, looking at every text or event with a skeptical eye, and instead of showing conviction when firm belief is needed, they bring up their speculations instead. The result is disastrous: destruction of the foundations of Islamic Law, corruption of the students, and brainwashing the minds of Muslim students; all this is done under the name of “subjectivity.” I have visited several Western universities wherein I met professors and students, and I can say that there is hardly a department of religious studies in Western universities that teaches Islam without hammering its shari'a with the axe of so called “modernity,” so called “democracy,” and so called “Human Rights.” Our Muslim brothers and sisters who are enrolling in Western universities are not acquiring the necessary Islamic knowledge and are graduating with doubts and then some are even turning their weapons against Islam. Several graduates from such schools are now professors occupying chairs of Islamic studies in renowned Western universities often doing more damage to Islam than the Orientalists.
Frankly, I consider studying Islam at Western universities similar to studying Islam at Christian seminaries, or to be fair with Christians, like studying Christianity in Islamic colleges. Do you think that a graduate from an authentic Islamic university with a degree in Christianity will be entrusted by the church as an authority on Christian theology? Why, in our thirst for esteem (a degree) and money (a job) are we selling our Deen so cheaply? Most of the Muslim students who join departments of Islamic studies in Western universities come back to us with questions we would never have imagined anyone would pose. The dangers that lie in enrolling in these departments also lie in several other departments in faculties of humanity, such as departments of philosophy and departments of social sciences.
In summary, it is extremely dangerous for Muslim students to join such departments before getting deeply rooted in the studies of Islamic theology, Law, the basics of Qur'an and hadith sciences, history, and purification of the heart. Only after learning these sciences will they have immunity against the atheists' attempts to pollute their minds. Studying Islamic Law and any other Islamic subjects should be done in Islamic colleges under the scholarship of the rightly guided ulama. There are many young Muslim students who, out of their love for the Deen and enthusiasm to support it, join departments of Islamic studies at Western universities before studying the shari'a in mosques with the ulama. By doing so, they expose themselves to the danger of being weakened in their faith and even losing their Deen.
I would like to take this opportunity to warn young Muslims against taking courses in these departments. Only after they are well trained in the sacred knowledge, and after they have graduated from Islamic colleges or studied for a similar number of years with the Ulama, could they join these departments with the intention that, after studying their methodologies and arguments, they can encounter them and refute them.