Arabic is a glorified language; it is the language of the people of Paradise, the language of the book of the Qur’an, and the language of our Prophetﷺ. It is the language of the great books of the scholars, and the language in which our religion was passed down to us from the Prophetﷺ.
ALIPH, the Arabic Language Institute of Philadelphia, offers students the precious opportunity to learn Arabic as a means of acquiring the glorified Islamic knowledge, equipping them with the essential tools to eventually study the religious texts without the filter of translation.
ALIPH’s full-time program features a comprehensive curriculum, designed for students who are able to dedicate their time entirely to learning. They work methodically to establish their skills in reading, writing, comprehension, and expression in formal Arabic, and to build a solid foundation in the areas of ^aqidah (creed), fiqh (jurisprudence), and Qur’anic recitation. Full-time students are enriched by being in a concentrated learning environment with their peers and absorbing the knowledge directly from their teachers. They push themselves to exercise the discipline, dedication, patience, and perseverance of a student of knowledge, striving to be among those included in the supplication of the Prophetﷺ:
نَضَّرَ اللهُ امْرَأً سَمِعَ مَقَالَتِي فَوَعَاهَا فَأَدَّاهَا كَمـَا سَمِعَهَا
In his supplication, the Prophet ﷺ asked that on the Day of Judgment, Allah would illuminate the faces of those who heard his sayings, memorized them, and worked in accordance with them, after which they passed them on to others, the way that they had heard them.