Guess things change.
Guess things change.
I have personally found this course to be very good.
I don't think you should attack it.
People spend money on all sorts of things nowadays-if you don't like it-adopt another course.
@brother sunni_student786 I couldn't agree with you more.
However, towards your second point, then another course that I think is the best option available that is free would have to be the one at www.lqtoronto.com where they cover all three of the Madinah books in just 96 sessions.
I like the course so much in fact that I recommend even those who want to sign up for the Shariah program that they at least do the first 18 videos of the www.lqtoronto.com website (which would result in the completion of Book 1 of the Madinah series) along with the book (available for free online) "Fundamentals of Classical Arabic Volume 1." I signed up for the Shariah Program twice and the first time I was completely lost after about Week 6 but then I did all of book 1 and half of book 2 of the Madinah series with the aid of the videos at www.lqtoronto.com as well as the book "Fundamentals of Classical Arabic" and then signed up for the Shariah Program again and the second time around, alhamdullilah, I benefited much more from the Shariah Program because of how solidly the absolute basics of the Nahw and Sarf had been drilled into my head as a result of completing Madinah Book 1.
So in sum, for those looking for a free option, do the course at www.lqtoronto.com [then followed by the book "Arabic Tutor" to both revise what you've learned thus far and take your knowledge of grammar and vocabulary to another level].
Sorry, brother sunni_student_786.
I didn't mean to be rude.
I took the thread as an attack on my ustadh and i got rather upset.
I used to be a part of the shariah program too around 2009 but had to stop because I couldn't afford it after about four months into the program...back then, it was only $50 a month and a I still couldn't afford it! forget about now.
I understand the sentiments. I think you need to look at his target audience. Its essentially western, working professionals who have had a few attempts at learning the language and failed. What he does offer is unique, and he does want to turn away students that aren't as committed. I'm not sure the cost of admission totally does that, but I think it does weed out some folks that wouldn't take it as seriously if they weren't paying that amount. Also he is able to convey the instruction in a manner that befits his audience, quick, speed, timely etc.
I think a university degree in Canada can costs from $25,000-$30,000 and that is the cost of a western education. I think for his target audience, his fees seems to be acceptable, and is considerably less then a university degree, and a fraction of what one year's tuition would be, and his instruction is considerably better.
Also, there are so many ulema in canada that are being paid next to nothing for what they bring to the table. We all know that. I think if there is a scholar that has created a market niche that he can excel in, and dispensing that knowledge then more power to him. I mean there was a time when ulema had so much wealth that they had to hire financial planners to assist them in managing it. these days most western ulema serving as imams barely get by. To have one well to do scholar for every 100 that are struggling, then to question the well to do's sincerity. I don't know. something is awry with that picture. like should a scholar be inherently poor? if its a question of morally responsible, we should also ask if under paying ulema is morally responsible?
Plus I've studied with him before SP really took off, and studying again now. I can tell the passion to teach, the quality of instruction etc. hasn't changed, if anything its gotten better. But I also see new trends like Seekers Guidance teaching online without fees. So I think its possible that times are changing, I'm sure they will eventually offer Arabic learning. and perhaps competition can bring down the costs.
Like there are people who decide to go to Zaytuna College, and others who go to cheaper alternative like a simpler dar-ul-uloom. One isn't better than the other, its just suits different people, and I agree with the comment that its catered to certain people. SP isn't all things to all people. There are alternative options.
I just wanted to add about accessibility. Most masters in their science are pretty inaccessible to the average muslim living in the west. Like all of the SP students, they can't access the best teachers unless they leave their hometown, and travel. and they would need to travel far, into the east, into India, Pakistan, Yemen, Jordan, Mauritania to access those masters. If Mufti Yusuf is a master in the science of arabic, the fact that accessibility is even a possibility is under appreciated. Like I can't just go and sit with a master in any science and ask to be taught, like its not 'on-demand'. I think the costs of traveling need to be weighed out, cuz that is the alternative in most cases. and the fact that access to an arabic grammarian is available.
Last edited by maaz; 14-03-2012 at 04:22 PM.
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