‘I was extremely happy with the Al-Ameen Arabic Summer Program. The program
was organized with great care, and we felt like we were part of a big, raucous
family under the loving guidance of Dr. Jones, Sister Matiniah, and Rosemary.
We were encouraged to take initiative in organizing trips outside of Cairo
and seeing more of Egypt. Many of us, however, stayed home to study! Don’t
be fooled – because of its shorter duration, the program is very intensive
(I experienced this at the advanced Arabic level, which was where I was placed)
and you will need some of the weekends to catch up on homework, or to review.
Each class had only three to five students, which allowed for great
personal attention from the teacher and helped develop supportive
relationships between students. I was also able to get one-on-one
tutoring with another teacher (during class time) for some of my
weakest areas; that is to say, the program was flexible enough to
accommodate my personal needs. The afternoon tajwid class was extremely
helpful in perfecting pronunciation, and introduced an element of
deep spirituality into our daily endeavors. We were also given the
opportunity to continue study in the evenings with private tutors
from al-Azhar, at an extremely reasonable hourly rate (for summer
2009, about $5 per hour).
In five weeks, my Arabic comprehension increased tremendously, while
my speaking skills also improved. I also regained my confidence in
reading Arabic texts, and reviewed much of the grammar that I’d
let slide for the past few years. Through living together, supporting
each other intellectually and spiritually, and traveling together,
I made wonderful friends whom I know I will remain in touch with.
This was truly a wonderful, love-filled, dynamic community and I
look forward to returning next year!"
“This was a very great program. The housing was well situated to fit
our needs. The school/classes were close by and having transportation to and
from the school and the shopping center was a relief. A great amount of
the instructors were very knowledgeable and well respected. The program
is designed for all levels of Arabic which was great because we were all
placed in the level of Arabic we were fitted for. The Arabic and Tajweed in
this program was very beneficial. This was a very well put-together program
mashaAllah, May Allah reward all who were involved. All of
the Al-Ameen staff were so unbelievably helpful and so kind. Before
going on the trip I was worried about being in a different country
without any family, but I felt like the staff made it so easy to
adjust and I felt like I could go to them for anything. Overall,
this was an amazing program.”
—Tasnim M., Summer 2009
‘I found the program to be extremely fruitful not only in
the cultivation of knowledge of the Arabic language and Qur'an,
but also in the construction of fruitful spiritual space in which
one is afforded an environment in which Islamic values can be learned
and spiritual growth can be facilitated.”
—Danny, Summer 2009
“…my striving and persevering to complete this program
as a 65 year old Muslim woman, who moves a little slower and processes
a little slower; the abundance of knowledge I acquired; the lives
I was blessed to encounter; and a great opportunity to peek into
a world that came 4 to 5,000 years before me; made this experience
truly amazing and fulfilling. Whatever small inconveniences or
discomforts I may have crossed, surely, the positives, the new
discoveries and the great benefits overshadowed them and I am so
grateful.Thank you for helping to make this once in a lifetime
experience safe, enjoyable and beneficial.”
A., Summer 2009
I had hoped to gain a more solid foundation for future
advancement through personal study and got everything that I had
hoped for from this program and then some. The teachers that
I had were excellent and my Arabic instructor was especially suited
for teaching beginners vocabulary and grammar. The students in
my classes were serious and had a good natured competitiveness
about them which made me work harder. Dr. Jones and sister Matiniah
are the perfect people for directing this program and
I am grateful for the both of them and their staff. I will keep
you and everyone from this summer's class in the special places
in my heart.
—Bilal, Summer 2009
“…the Intensive Arabic program was intense and
worth every penny. When gearing up for this program be prepared
to put in plenty of time for homework and study. The Arabic course
is great for beginners and for people who have Arabic knowledge.
The Tajweed course was magnificent. I came in with very few Suras
memorized and know I have memorized at least a dozen. Also, you
develop deeper appreciation for the Quran and how it is recited
in the Arabic language. Although the program is only one month,
the knowledge acquired from the courses is absolutely beneficial
to one who wants to learn the language and the Quran. The
program is well organized and well prepared and I would recommend it
to anyone ready for an intense educational experience and
a great cultural experience in historic Egypt. Jazak Allahu Khayrun
to the people who have prepared the program and who put in time
and effort for a great educational experience.”
“If you are serious about learning Arabic and you have the discipline
for an intensive immersion course, then this program is for you. The program
not only teaches you Arabic but immerses you in an Arabic speaking environment
(Egypt) so you make use of that which you learn in class. The Tajweed Quran
class also offered alongside the Arabic course is also of great benefit to
those seeking to expand their knowledge of the Quran. The teaching staff at
Al-Azhar was excellent. I highly recommend the Al-Ameen Associates’ trip
to Cairo for those seeking to expand their classical Arabic knowledge base.”
Despite all of my complaining about all the hard work, I’m
so thankful that Allah allowed me to participate in this program. it
was a great experience and I’ll never forget it. i
loved the group of people that made this program so enjoyable. l
really loved my classmates; we all bonded so well; the young and
the not so young; the teachers were great and well-versed
in the subject matter. Last but not least, i really appreciated
Dr Jones, Matiniah, and Rosemary. They ran a well organized
program and showed genuine concern for all of us. i learned
things that, inshaAllah, will help me to continue my Arabic
and Quran studies at home.
The staff went above and beyond the call of duty to meet all my
needs and to satisfy many requests I've made.This trip was not
my first experience participating in a study abroad intensive course
it was the easiest to plan as Al-Ameen took care of booking the fights
to Egypt, our housing in Cairo and our transportation to and from
school as well as bi-weekly trips to the grocery store in addition
to the continued flow of information from the minute we signed up
for the program to our departure for Cairo and beyond. As a
mother and a teacher, I've always enjoyed my role as the caretaker;
it was nice to be taken care of for a change :-) and for that I will
always be grateful. I would also like to add that my speaking
in Fusha Arabic has improved (my goal when I signed up for the program)
thanks to the many discussions and conversation I've had with my
Arabic teacher and classmates, and now I get complimented on it by
my Egyptian friends and Moroccan family who tease me often about
using "fancy language" when I speak to them in Aamia. My
biggest gain and most precious gift from the program was my experience
in Tajweed class. I am planning on pursuing my studies in
Tajweed and Tafsir Quran once I return to the States, Inshallah.
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"By the grace of Allah, I was able
to have a wonderful experience with Al Ameen in their Arabic intensive
program. The experience has left me with a much better understanding
of the Arabic language and an even more of a desire to master it.
Classes were conveniently 5 days a week and were very beneficial.
I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn the
Arabic language with great teachers and a wonderful experience
overall. Expect a great challenge from the teachers! The experience
there was just amazing!"
—Suhail Summer 2008
"I first wanted to thank the entire
staff at Al-Ameen Associates for allowing me to participate in
the program. I enjoyed it from the beginning to the end,
having no prior Arabic lessons or tajweed lessons it was a struggle
for me at first, but I prayed to Allah for the guidance and patience
to endure and as always He answered. I would like to state
for those who are thinking of attending - be prepared - the program
is very much as it is called - "intensive". I
would recommend it for anyone no matter the level they are currently
at, it has given me a higher level of reverance for the arabic
—Shukran, Nashid Summer 2008
"The program in Egypt was a massive boost in my Arabic studies. When
you are around other Arabic-speaking people, and you are doing
intensive repetition in class, and you are using most of the
vocabulary everyday, many of the words will soon just flow right off
your tongue! Yes it is an intensive program with lots of homework, but
it is worth every dime, nickel, penny and minute!"
—Ibrahim Summer 2008
"I would recommend attending this program. The teachers and faculty care about each person and want everyone to have a successful time. I enjoyed the Qur'anic classes the most because every day we memorized more of the beautiful Qur'an and learning the rules for recitation. It was an immediate expanding of knowledge. This program also provides an authentic experience of living temporarily in an Arabic-speaking country."
—Salaam, Gulhana Summer 2008
"Studying Arabic in Egypt was an interesting experience for me. Inside classrooms, I’d learned grammar and new vocabularies; all taught in Fusha by our dedicated, passionate teachers. Outside classrooms, such as in Khan-el-Khalili or inside Cairo’s black and white cabs, I managed to pick up lots of ‘Armiyah phrases. People might say that Egyptians speaking ‘Armiyah in their daily life is a disadvantage against learning the ‘proper’ Arabic in Egypt. I found out that I was actually delighted to learn ‘Armiyah. I really had fun conversing with Egyptians on many things. The whole Arab world is pretty familiar with the Egyptian dialect anyways, so don’t be afraid to learn some ‘Armiyah while in Egypt.
What makes this program terrific is its Al Azhar atmosphere. We students were required to memorize new Quranic verses and also hadiths everyday. We also prayed together everyday. On the weekends, we went to various historical masjids and important Islamic sites together. The brotherhood and sisterhood within the group were very strong.Lastly, Dr Jones, Sister Matiniah, and all Al Ameen staff members were all really helpful. They tried their best to ensure we get the best learning experience while in Egypt; that included creating a home-like environment in our spacious yet safe apartments. Jazakumullah khayran!"
—Salaam,"Satrio" Summer 2008
My experience with this intensive Arabic program was in fact INTENSE! I would recommend that you only apply to go if you are serious about learning Arabic and immersing yourself in Islamic culture. I enjoyed it very much with all its ups and downs. Needless to say, it was extremely hot, and to go to school five days a week was quite rigorous. However, you are going there to learn a very difficult language, so this is NOT a vacation by any means. You do get some time off to explore, but please make no mistake about it…you are there to study!
As a Christian, I wanted to learn about the Islam, and I did. For me, this program was worth every penny. Thus, I would go again if I could afford it! Please remember to pack as if you were going camping. Bring every little thing you may need to stay healthy or just for your own comfort. Also, only pack breathable clothing, and do not forget to use sun block. Good luck to you! With every blessing, "
—Lyna Summer 2008
"Summer 2008 was my first time travelling abroad to study Arabic, although my husband has studied in Yemen and in Saudi for extended periods. Our summer 2008 experience in Cairo, Egypt was a valuable and memorable 5 weeks. The Al-Ameen staff and the summer institute faculty were attentive, hospitable, caring and nurturing to both young and old. The student body represented a cross section of American society and made for an interesting mix. The accommodations were very good, having native speakers teaching in their own environment was a plus and the proximity to the cultural resources made the trip worth every nickel. We recommend this program to folks who are not afraid of concentrated study and serious homework."
—Dr Qadir & Sr Beverly Summer 2008
I must say that it was quite an experience, alhamdulillah I benefited immensely from the program, especially in the Tajweed section.
Upon arrival, I expected much less than what we were told would be offered to us. The apartments were clean, the neighborhood was great (especially the little kids whom would walk us to the souks, -market place). All in all, the atmosphere was great and so was the energy, both brothers and sisters helped each other with their homework and many organized outings to the pyramids/Alexandria... We had special school buses that would take us to school, that was neat.
The curriculum was intense and so was the homework load-however our efforts were rewarded and our Arabic grammar and vocabulary improved within the first 2 weeks. Expect a minimum of 2 hours of homework a night, perhaps more (for the higher levels.)
The Tajweed class was great (maybe because we had A/C, must have went by faster) the teacher is great, she' taught us all the rules of tajweed and her fluency in English made it much easier for the non-Arabic speakers.
If you're serious about learning Arabic and if you have the discipline required for this then I recommend this program to you. The program enables you to both learn Arabic and immerse yourself in an Egytian environment which will force you to practice and make use of what you learn in class. Al-Ameen also offered an after school tutoring service, which i didn’t use very often, but heard from roommates that it was very beneficial.
Everyone was great, Rosemary, Sr Matiniah, Br Jones answered all the questions and concerns we had, thank you for that.
Enjoy the journey, you'll love it. I know I did. Gave sister Matiniah and Dr Jones a little bit of trouble, but such is life, we were just making sure they were doing their job :) All the best, "
—Wafa Summer 2008
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"This program is for the serious student . if you are in need of an opportunity to
devote your time to advancement in the arabic language, this is the way to go. We
were provided with quality teachers who took their tasks seriously and a acaring
staff.Come prepared to lean and you will, inshallah"
—Anita Summer 2007
"I reverted to Islam in 1991 and since that time I have participated in numerous
classes in Qur’an and Arabic language. Alhumdullilah, during that time my
knowledge has increased but what we accomplished in one month at Al-Ameen’s 2007
Intensive Arabic and Qur’an Program at Al Azhar University was monumental.
Immersed for 30 days in historic Egypt, provided the environment for learning and
the practical application thereof in the streets of Cairo, which can not be
duplicated anywhere in the U.S. After completing the intensive program my
capacity for reading and understanding the Holy Qur’an was increased so much so
that for the first time in my life I was able to complete the entire Qur’an in
Arabic language during this Ramadhan with proper tajweed. I strongly encourage
all students of Islam and Arabic language to invest their time and resources into
the Al Ameen program, the rewards, Insha Allah, will be enormous."
—Wayne (Abu Bakr) Summer 2007
"I joined this program last summer as a graduate student in Islamic Studies with
advanced language skills. I found the teaching staff to be excellent and the
coursework to be challenging. The Qur'an (tajweed) instruction is impeccable. I
would encourage more advanced learners to apply. If you have any interest in
long-term study in Cairo or at Al-Azhar this program is the perfect introduction. "
—Ibrahim Summer 2007
" Alhamdulillah, it is a good concept and should be supported.
I found myself conflicted with my time b/c yes I was there to study arabic but it
was also my first time in Cairo and there was so much to experience. The scheduling
was excellent for the purpose of the course (ie to focus on and learn arabic). I had
been considering coming again in July but we are expecting that month so it is not
Sister Matiniah, If there is any help I can offer please don't hesistate to contact
Allah (swt) knows best.
Hope all is well with all."
—Khalid Summer 2007
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"The Al-Ameen program is ideal for those who have a limited span of time yet want an intensive Arabic learning experience. Our instructors were truly top-notch and very dedicated to accommodating student needs, and it's nice to have the Al-Azhar certificate. The organizers' arrangements for housing, transportation, and access to food and other provisions provide peace of mind to travelers in a foreign country. Of course, it was great to be in Cairo, where so many layers of history and culture can be appreciated. It was a wonderful experience overall."
—Munir Summer 2006
best part for me about the class was the opportunity to get away from
the everyday routine, make that commitment to study, and work with some
wonderfully talented young people. I would love to return and bring a
couple of students. The Tajweed
class was my favorite.
It really explained why we pronounce Arabic the way we do and it gets
you to reflect on our deen
from an educational perspective.
I enjoyed the living accommodations because they were away from the hussle
and bussle of the city, yet a cab ride away from the fun. I would have
liked to have some field trips that combined language development and
sight seeing. "
—Basimah Summer 2006
"I chose the Intensive Arabic Immersion
Program because I have a Ph.D. that is now old-1989-and decided to see
if I could get jump started back into Arabic. It worked! I stayed up all
night reading and studying once a week for the first two weeks. In our
small class of six people, at least three of us worked this hard and all
had satisfying results. The instructor interspersed the grammar instruction
with aspects of Qur'anic balagha (rhetoric) that helped
us to understand why the Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) both
loved and understood the Quran with much more depth than many of us Muslims
do today. I really hope that Allah allows me to attend again next year;
indeed, if the program were stretched to eight weeks, I hope Allah would
allow me to be a part of it."
—Mukhtar Summer 2006
"The trip to Cairo through the Al-Ameen
program was the best thing that happened to me. Alhamdulillah,
I had a blast. I fell in love with everything there, including their food,
their shops, and even their people. Egypt is THE PLACE to go for learning
Arabic language and Arab culture. What I liked about this program is that
there is something in it for everyone. For example, if your sole purpose
is to learn Arabic, the teachers were not only excellent, but patient,
hard-working and dedicated. They seemed more like friends than teachers.
At the same time, there is plenty of time for those who want to do sight-seeing
and experience the Egyptian lifestyle. Going to class every morning was
tough at times, but in the end, it is only the good times that you remember
and cherish forever. I would be more than happy to answer any questions
from potential students."
—Sarah Summer 2006
"My trip with Al-Ameen Associates to Cairo was a great experience that I will never forget. The program provided a excellent opportunity for me, as a non-Arab, to immerse myself in the Arabic language, Quran, and the culture. The Arabic lessons are intense, but the teachers care a lot about your progress and will become good friends, making the learning process much easier. On the weekends, there is still plenty of time to go sightseeing and shopping. Last year our group went to Alexandria, the Pyramids, the Old City, a rural farm, and on a cruise. I probably went to Kon Al-kolehee Market near Al-Azhar Mosque ten times."
—James Summer 2006
"My experience with the program was for the most part positive. I learned a lot of Arabic that I use in classes and with friends. I made friends in Egypt that I still talk to at least weekly. I got a chance to go overseas and learn about a culture very different than what I know. Everyone should do that at least once in their life.
—Krysta Summer 2006
"I feel that the Arabic program was just
what the doctor ordered. Not only was the program excellent, so was the
stay. Congratulations to all the students and may Allah shower all of
us with his blessing. Mas muka (smile)."
—Faruq Summer 2006
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"Last year's trip to Cairo with Al-Ameen
Associates was by far one of the best investments I have ever made.
After finishing the course, I felt my Arabic was really on another
level. The living quarters, food, shopping, and departure were well
organized. Studying and class-room experiences were very intensive,
yet there was still plenty of time to visit cultural and historical
sites on the weekends. Al-Azhar was very beautiful and the teachers
were second to none. For anyone who is serious about improving their
classical Arabic skills, the Al-Ameen Associates trip to Cairo is
—K. Jahed Summer 2005
"This experience in Egypt with Al-Ameen
Associates was truly a blessing. It was my first experience in
a Muslim country attending an Islamic university. The teachers
were very helpful and very modest it made me proud to be a Muslimah.
Even though the classes were intensive it was a great experience
to be able to concentrate on our studies without the pressures
of everyday life. A wonderful program and a unique opportunity
to experience the culture, history, and the language of Allah's
—M. Abdullah Summer 2005
have only to concentrate on your Arabic and Quranic studies. The teachers
help you learn and they are interested in you as a person, a student,
a friend. If you're thinking of taking this program, do it, just do
it!!! I will be forever thankful for this program."
—W. Jihad Summer 2005
"The Al-Ameen Associates Arabic Language
immersion program was an excellent experience for me. It propelled
me to hear the language spoken (the first stage of learning language),
to begin to recognize, read and write some of the Arabic words that
I already knew, to expand my Arabic vocabulary, and it motivated
me to want to learn more. I had the opportunity to see a culture
that I have only read about in books. The accommodations were comfortable,
the company was exceptional and the teachers were excellent and
—S. Hasaan Summer 2005
"I had a nice time. I extended my knowledge
of Arabic. I increased my knowledge of Tajweed,
my accommodations were wonderful, my teachers were very learned,
my fellow students were respectful, and calm in their demeanor."
—Imam A. Hameed Summer 2005
Intensive Arabic Program held at Al-Azhar University in cooperation
with Al-Ameen Associates and The Graduate School of Islamic and
Social Sciences was definitely one of the most comprehensive Arabic
learning experiences I've had. The focus on modern standard Arabic
in conjunction with the Quran class (focus on tajweed
and memorization) allowed me to experience two different styles
of Arabic while being constantly surrounded by individuals whose
English was limited at best. Like any other program, you get out
of it what you put in, but definitely the potential is there for
you to benefit greatly by applying what you are learning in the
classroom. The methodology of learning Arabic using Arabic is definitely
useful for those who have some basic familiarity and/or understanding
of the language when they enter the program — and provided
for some amusing combinations of charades and use of the limited
vocabulary we had! I will always appreciate the patience and skill
of the teachers who were guiding us through this new experience
and am grateful that I was able to benefit as much as I did within
such a short period of time."
—F. Mirza Summer 2005
"The Intensive Arabic Immersion Program
at Al Azhar University was an enriching experience to say the least
— both on an academic and personal level. The program's concentration
on personal development supplemented with a rigid course syllabus
and small class sizes provided for an ideal study environment. Classes
were designed and modified to cater to students' needs and ensure
that each student got the most out of the course. The religious
aspect of the program took it to a different level and was crucial
in building up student confidence to read and pronounce Arabic aloud
as well as comprehend chapters from the Quran. From the improvement
in language, to the study of religion and the opportunity to meet
the head sheikh at Al-Azhar mosque, right down to the experience
of living in Egypt and forming friendships, the Intensive Arabic
Immersion Program was both profound and unforgettable."
—N. Elshami Summer 2005
"We both enjoyed our studies at Al-Ahzar.
The program was indeed intense, but we survived and learned the
rudiments of Arabic. We wish we could go this year. We have never
felt so at peace. Cairo, with its multitudes of people, poverty
and the language barriers was a place where you felt love and kinship.
We did not want to leave."
—J. & I. Muhammad Summer 2005