Year 1

Reading, Translation, Grammar and Morphology of Classical Arabic


Build Your Skills to
Understand the Quran

Our full-time Arabic course at the Qalam Seminary aims to connect students to the Quran, sacred knowledge, and the Islamic tradition through an in-depth study of the Arabic language. Students will begin their journey with the study of foundational Arabic grammar and morphology, and over the course of the year, build the skills required to read, understand, and translate the Qur’an and classical Islamic texts. There are two main objectives of the program:

1.    To understand the Quran without a translation.
2.    To read and translate classical Arabic texts that don’t have vowel marks.

And we have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?
— Quran 54:17

What You'll Learn

Through the course of the year students will cover the following topics and texts:

Grammar & Morphology

  • More than 85% of Quranic Vocabulary

  • Fundamentals of Classical Arabic Grammar and Morphology (QuranCoach Series)

  • Translation of up to 5 Juz of the Quran

  • Study of I’raab (parsing)

  • Matn-ul-Ajrumiyyah with Explanation

Guided Reading

  • Qasus-un-Nabieen by Sh. Hasan Ali Nadwi

  • Select Study of Mukhtaaraat by Sh. Hasan Ali Nadwi

  • Select Study of Tafseer Sha’rawi in Arabic

  • Select Study of Hadith with Explanation in Arabic


  • Daily Qur’an Memorization

  • Daily Adhkar and Du’as

  • Memorization of Select Arba’een Hadith Collections


Meet Your Instructor


Meet Your Guest Instructors

Students can also expect other guest instructors every week.



Will this program be offered online?

Unfortunately, no. Our method of instruction involves heavy skill-building of proper pronunciation and translation specifically devoted to continuing upper Islamic studies. The total time in this program is 900 hours.

Will I learn the same things in Arabic Online?

Arabic Online is for the part-time student, totaling 100 hours. Subjects like morphology and the Islamic sciences are not discussed. The focus is only on translation and vocabulary.

What if I can’t read Arabic that well?

While we encourage fluency, we will work with students who are willing to work with a tutor and with our reading fluency program. Prospective students who apply will be evaluated on their fluency.