The month of Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down,
a guidance for the people, and clear verses of guidance and criterion.
[Quran: Chapter 2:183]

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Islamic Online Studies


Online Islamic Courses and Online Arabic Courses

Muslims are enjoined to read and study the Quran consistently throughout their lives. But particularly so during Ramadan based on the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad.

Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “The Messenger of Allah, was the most generous of all people especially in Ramadan when Jibra’il used to come to him. He used to meet Jibra’il on every night of Ramadan and study the Qur’an with him.” (Bukhari)

Similarly, Muslims attend nightly prayers, called the teraweeh prayers, each night during Ramadan, during which the entire Quran is recited. Those who do not, spend their evenings reading the Quran. This is not an easy task, given that the original language of the Quran is in the Arabic language, and only 20% of the Muslim world speak Arabic as their language!

In a hadith, A’ishah relates that the Prophet said: "Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

During Ramadan, we are motivated to do our best in our worship of Allah. To that end, this is an excellent time to look for outlets to improve our knowledge of the Quran and the Arabic language. However, not all of us will be able to devote the time necessary to attend classes that require our physical presence - maybe the issue is one of transportation, or that one has young children to take care of at home.

Whatever the constraints, there is a solution today. That is to turn to the Internet for Islamic Online Studies. There are many Muslims who have experienced a substantial shift in their way of studying Islam. In this competitive and technological age, Islamic knowledge is available on a large scale for the interest of various interest groups through online studies. Unlike in the past, when students had to travel long distances to learn about Islam, today’s online services have allowed students the chance to learn without leaving their homes.

Some online courses have a live teacher interacting with the students through a Virtual Classroom, which is sometimes called a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). A good web camera, a good microphone and a high speed connection can remove the disadvantages of not being in the same physical room in this virtual classroom. It is very important to understand the pros and cons of an online course before you pay your money and commit to a course, which can last for three months in some cases; this will help you save your valuable time. We recommend that you compare a few online course providers and the virtual classrooms and the benefits the online course providers offer. Finally, choose the company and the course which most closely matches your personal learning goals.

Here are some Islamic Online Courses that you may want to consider this Ramadan. This is the right time to make a goal of improving yourself, beyond the month of Ramadan.



Selected Links to Online Islamic Courses and Online Arabic Courses


1) http://www.myquranjourney.com/

2) http://qibla.com/courses

3) http://www.shariahprogram.ca/courses/2-year-online/

4) http://www.arabacademy.com/

5) http://www.eaalim.com/

6) http://www.equranschool.com/

7) http://islamiconlineuniversity.com/diploma

8) http://bais.islamiconlineuniversity.com/

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Ramadan Mubarak. We wish you a blessed and productive Ramadan! Make no mistake about it - keeping the fast and increasing our acts of worship during this blessed month is not an easy task. The physical demands of balancing work or school with fasting all day, feeling fatigued and less effective than you normally are, waking up for Suhoor, praying Teraweeh and Tahajjud prayers, dealing with sleep deficits.

But the last thing we would want is to let Ramadan pass us by without doing all that we aim and desire to. Do not allow yourself to feel guilty or regretful when Ramadan passes.

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