Views of International Scholars on the Four Courses
“These four closely linked courses on Qur’anic Arabic, leading from the script to higher level research, provide an opportunity to study Arabic language through the Qur’an. I am optimistic that the courses will be of benefit to individuals and institutions who wish to learn and teach Qur’anic Arabic through this unique method.”
- Professor Dr Yasir Qadhi Dean of Academic Affairs, The Islamic Seminary of America Adjunct Professor at Rhodes College (Memphis), USA.
“I have not come across, during my over four decades of attachment with academia, a better, more simple and more scientific course designed to learn the Qur’anic Arabic. Dr. Surty has made a revolutionary contribution in learning Arabic for the Muslim and non-Muslim seekers of knowledge of Arabic. This should be taken as a required text in the departments of Arabic language and linguistics.”
- Professor Dr Anis Ahmad, Meritorious Professor of Comparative Religion and Vice Chancellor of Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
“These Arabic language learning courses are a gem and a source of great knowledge for Arabic language learners at all levels. They provide an outstanding resource for the learning of the language from the most important and everlasting melting pot for Arabic, the Holy Qur’an.
This approach to learn Arabic hinges on the preservational aspect of the language, guiding the learner slowly, academically and professionally. It also does not compromise the literary standard of classical Arabic. All that is presented in a modern cutting edge standard of pedagogical layout and objectives.
I strongly recommend these brilliant, innovative and effective courses to Arabic language learners and Arabic teaching institutions.”
- Professor Dr Moaal Izzidien Ex Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies University of Wales-Lampeter, UK.
“It is the fervent desire of millions of English speaking Muslims across the world to grasp the meaning and message of the Holy Qur’an, the inimitable Word of God. Since it embodies the divine guidance par excellence, needed by every Muslim, such books in English are essential which facilitate the study of the Qur’an for those who do not know Arabic.
Muhammad Ibrahim H.I. Surty, a distinguished scholar of Arabic and the Qur’anic and Islamic Studies, who has to his credit decades of illustrious teaching experience in the universities in the U.K. and Nigeria, has rendered yeoman service in the cause of the study of the Qur’an in a reader-friendly manner. The set of four valuable bilingual books in English and Arabic, namely, Learn Qur’anic Script Rapidly, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced course in Qur’anic Arabic represent a ground breaking work and a major event in studying the Qur’an in simple and easy-to-understand English. These four excellent books, running into around 1500 pages, are a brilliant testament to Surty’s impeccable credentials as a Qur’anic scholar. His pedagogic concern permeates these works which stand out as a neatly graded course work which draws solely on the Qur’anic text for all illustrations and classroom activities. This underscores also his thorough grounding in the Qur’anic text. This unique feature of his works familiarizes readers with the Qur’anic vocabulary and idiom. The biggest advantage of this approach is that it prepares readers mentally to tackle the Qur’anic text in the original Arabic. So doing he has taken further the laudable initiative of the renowned Islamic scholar, Shaykh Syed Abul Hasan Ali Nadwi who in his Qasas Al-Nabiyyin draws mostly on the Qur’anic text for his narrative. Dr Surty has, however, devised a very scientific, empirical educational delivery system, for which he deserves every credit.
In sum, the appearance of this highly useful work constituting a valuable addition to the teaching and learning material on the Qur’«nic Arabic in English, a goal which Surty has admirably achieved.”
- Professor Dr Abdur Raheem Kidwai Director , K. A. Nizami Centre Qur’anic Studies Aligarh Muslim University, India
“All praises are due to Allah and His Salat and Salam be upon his final messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him).
The Qur’an is divine speech; it is divine light for the entire humanity: “O mankind, there has come to you a conclusive proof from your Lord, and We have sent down to you a clear light” (4: 174). Any community who desire to live by this divine light should strive to learn it. Any individual or society that aims to excel have no path before them to achieve this aim other than the path of the Qur’an. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.”
This work by Dr Muhammad Ibrahim Surty is an outstanding tool that facilitates the learning of the Qur’an in an easy and effective way. It consists of four closely linked courses on Qur’anic Arabic leading from the script to higher levels of research. In fact, this work also serves as a unique method of learning the Arabic language. I am so pleased that Dr. Surty spent this much effort in producing this educational resource to bridge the gap between non-Arabic speaking people and the most important book humanity has ever known: al-Qur’an al-Kareem.”
- Al-Shaykh Dr Haitham al-Haddad, Judge for the Islamic Council of Europe
“Dr Surty has dedicated much of his life to the pursuit of making Qur’anic Arabic easily accessible to the English speaking student. Following on from his ground breaking and unique Foundation Course, we now have the Intermediate and Advanced courses which in addition to building up from the foundation level, interweave other Islamic Sciences and classic, medieval and modern Arabic literature into the study of Arabic language, providing students with a broader perspective and understanding. This combination between language and classical knowledge is important in developing a mastery of Arabic, as this was the classic method of learning Arabic.
Dr Surty once again employs his trademark style of dividing the books into sections and then further into units. Each unit contains a summary, glossary and exercises with numerous Qur’anic verses. The Advanced Course goes into the science of the inimitability of the Qur’anic Arabic language, referencing some of the most famous works authored on the subject. Additionally, the course provides readers with a bibliography of over a thousand reference works on the various Qur’anic disciplines, something which to my knowledge is unrivaled in the English language. In short, this collection is a must for every serious Arabic student and seeker of knowledge.”
- Dr Ahsan Hanif Head of the Qur'an & Hadith Sciences Department, Al-Maghrib Institute & Lecturer at the Knowledge International University
Views of a Student
“The claim of Dr Surty of ‘four closely linked courses on Qur’anic Arabic leading from the script to higher level research’ is in the light of the courses justified.
Dr Surty has intelligently and judiciously provided through graded progression the grammatical elements required for the comprehension of al-Lughat al-Fushah, pure eloquent classical Arabic in which the Qur’an was revealed.
Not one but hundreds of students of Qur’anic Arabic have benefitted from his unique pedagogy, commitment and dedication for teaching Qur’anic Arabic for over four decades. A large number of students have considered his efforts as a ‘jump-start’ in learning. As a result to this endeavour some of them obtained graduate Degrees in Arabic from Universities at home and in the Arab world.
I, therefore, unhesitatingly recommend the courses to be included in the teaching programme of Arabic and wish success to QAF in this great effort.”
- Mr Yunus Khan, Ex-Student of Arabic at QAF