Most of the Muslims have a basic desire to learn Quran as a beginner either for themselves or their children. Learning Quran can be accomplished in different ways. Some faster and some taking more time.

So how does one learn the Quran as a beginner? There are 5 ways to learn the Quran.

  1. Learn the Arabic Alphabet and learn to read the Quran
  2. Learn to Understand the Quran in your own language
  3. Learn Arabic language for Understanding the Quran
  4. Learn to understand the Quranic Tafsir (Explanation)
  5. Learn Quran Tajweed (Pronunciation and articulation)

So, understanding the Quran can be done at different levels. The Question is why do you want to learn Quran? What’s your motivation for it?

Answering this question will give you an answer as to which way you need to focus on learning the Quran. It may be that you need to actually learn the Quran in more than one way as you already have some of the basics covered.

Some of the Problems and Difficulties you might face when trying to learn the Quran

  1. You’ve forgotten how to Read. You feel like you are a Muslim and it’s the duty of a Muslim to know how to read the Quran. Maybe you studied Quran reading when you were young and after years of not using that reading skill, you’ve forgotten or you are making so many mistakes you don’t feel confident in reading the Quran.
  2. Sometimes people feel embarrassed to actually attempt to learn or Join a class because they feel like others are way ahead of them and they’ve left it so long since they last read the Quran in Arabic.

This can be a very challenging situation to be in because it’s an internal problem that you have to face. Feeling like you are not good or you have failed yourself in the Deen can be very demoralising and demotivating.

However, I just want to point out something that doesn’t seem to be obvious for many. This is absolutely the trick of Shaitan, the Devil. The shaitan whispers the thoughts that it’s too late, you’ve failed and any other negative thought you have recurring in your mind, that stops you from actually beginning that journey of learning the Quran.

Don’t fall prey to this trick of shaitan. Allah, the Most Compassionate and Merciful is always waiting for you to take those steps towards increasing your knowledge and understanding of His Message.

  1. You think you’re too old, or that it’s too late. Consider the fact that the Prophet Muhammad (saw) was 40 years old when revelation came to Him, and his prophethood begun. When the Angel Gibrael (AS) came to Him, He (saw) said I can’t read.

Allah revealed the Quran to Him, a human just like you so that you and I would understand that it is possible at any age. Don’t be fooled by those negative thoughts of discouragement, or the false notion that it’s too late. It’s never too late.

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  1. I don’t have enough time. This is the other challenge that so many people are faced with. I don’t have enough time to learn the Quran. Now there are possibly two scenarios causing you to have these thoughts:
  2. You are worried because you think it’s difficult

Now if you fall into those being worried about how difficult it is to learn Arabic. Let me ease those worries. The Creator of the world says:

وَلَقَدْ يَسَّرْنَا الْقُرْآنَ لِلذِّكْرِ فَهَلْ مِن مُّدَّكِر

Indeed, I have made the Quran easy for Understanding and reflection, so is there anyone who will remember.

Surat Al-Qamar, 17

So when Allah is telling you it’s easy, it’s not possible that it will be difficult. What it will require is some effort of your part.

  1. You have prioritised everything else except Reading the Quran

You are very special because Allah chose you to be from those who have been blessed with Islam. Don’t lose that opportunity to become the best in the sight of Allah. He swt chose for you Islam, and then sent for you the Quran, and on top of that made it easy to understand.

That doesn’t mean you won’t be expected to play your part it taking the benefit. Allah has given it all to you. All you need to do it pick it up and benefit from it.

If you prioritise everything else in life except the guidance that Allah sent you for this life, then you will miss out on the most valuable information available to mankind. The Quran contains within it the ‘How to guide’ for everything in life.

It’s the manual for life. Spending 30 minutes a day, early in the morning after Salat Al Fajr, or any other time you can make free for your own benefit, will give you the very first key to the Quran.  If you do that for a consistent period of time, you’ll be reading the Quran in no time.

So How long does it take to learn Arabic to read the Quran confidently?

You’ll be surprised but you could actually learn to read Arabic confidently within 8 to 12 weeks. It can be learnt even quicker if you can dedicate the time, you could do it in as little as 7 to 10 days. However, that would be dedicating a good amount of time daily studying and practising.

But let’s look at the easy way to learn to read Arabic so that it doesn’t take up too much time and you become confident pretty quickly. We’ll pace it out over 12 weeks.

Start with 15 to 20 minutes a day tuition and you keep it up as a daily practice. It’s important to make it daily so that the small amount of time you spend actually has a lasting effect. So what I mean by tuition is that you are going through a tried and tested Arabic book or beginner Arabic course. 15 Minutes of tuition is plenty.

Practice a further 20 to 30 minutes a day and insha’Allah within 60 to 90 days you will be reading fluently insha’Allah. Trust me I’ve seen it.

Now if you’re saying to yourself, what one hour a day! then ask yourself how important is it to you to understand the guidance that your Creator has sent to You? If someone very beloved was to send you a message that was crucial for your survival and you trusted them, would you do everything you could to try and understand that message?

This message is for your life, it’s the best way you will find or create true happiness in this world, and it’s also the Only way you will find success in the hereafter. So, is it worth an hour a day? Of course, no doubt you will agree as it’s in your own best interest.

How to learn Arabic quickly and Free

The best way to learn Arabic, as in to read fluently is to follow a program. A tried and tested method. Find a family member or a friend who can read fluently, and go through one of the famous beginner Arabic books such as Noorania Qaida or Baghdadia Qaida. These are two of the most famous books and widely used around the world.

It will cost you very little to purchase the books, or maybe you can even download a free version somewhere. But I recommend purchasing the book as having a hard copy of the book to follow is very beneficial.

The book is self-explanatory for a fluent Arabic reader.

However, if you can’t find anyone who can help you, then maybe you can go down to your local institute or masjid and speak to the Imam about getting someone to teach you for a couple of months.

Alternatively, you can take any Quranic Reading course online, do it in the comfort of your home and at a time convenient for you. Just make sure it’s a Quranic Arabic program.

All three of these ways works. Studying with someone, a spouse or a brother or sister  would suffice. However, if you want structured learning through an institution it would work just the same online or offline.

The key is just get started, there is nothing to think about. The sooner you get started the sooner you will be reading. Don’t procrastinate, that’s one of shaitan’s strategies he uses very effectively to keep people like you and I away from the Quran.

Don’t forget if you are going to study online or at your local institute just to make sure you pick a system which is easy and not complicated. Sometimes, unwittingly teachers end up making the journey of learning difficult.  

As long as the program is designed to get you reading by yourself with 60 to 90 days, and it can be done in 30 to 60 minutes a day insha’Allah you are good to go.

As you probably know I teach Arabic language for understanding Quran. However, the 4D Quranic Arabic program is aimed at those people who can already read, even if you’re not the strongest reader.

So, if you cannot recognise the alphabet and read with some help that course is not going to be suitable for you. Once you know how to read it is perfect for actually helping you to understand what you’re reading and what you hear in Salah.

However, I have been getting a lot of request for a Reading Quranic Arabic course for beginners. It is in the pipeline and insha’Allah I will be opening enrolment for it. If you want to get on the waitlist go ahead enter your details below.

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