The course is a combination of the traditional branches of Nahw, Sarf and Balaghah, taught using a variety of methods, tried and tested through years of teaching Arabic, combined with English language teaching experience.
The course consists of all the components of the language, namely grammar, reading, speaking, writing and listening gradually leading up to the GCSE Arabic Exam for those students wishing to gain this qualification. The first four modules of the course will equip students with a steel framework to access Arabic texts. Thereafter students may take on traditional sciences such as Sarf Morphology, Nahw Syntax and I’rab Grammatical analysis to get a deeper understanding of classical Islamic texts.Arabic Language Course

The Arabic course aims to give students access to both Qur’anic Arabic as well as modern standard Arabic. The teaching methodology will be adopted from a combination of traditional Islamic rote memorisation and the modern interactive English language teaching style. The teaching will be divided into the four component skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. The memorisation and grammar notes will be done, as homework while interactive drills and developing language skills will take place in the classroom.

The language of instructions for Module 1 and 2 will undergo gradual stages, initially from English then both in English and Arabic finally all in Arabic. The medium for module 3 and 4 will be Arabic only.

Vocabulary book
Students are expected to buy the recommended books and a small notebook for building new vocabularies with three divisions and subsections:
1. Nouns: singular and plural,
2. Verbs: past, present and verbal noun,
3.Lexical phrases.
A minimum of 12 new words will be learnt each lesson as a group and students are expected to learn more according to individual aspiration.

Pair work structure for reading and memorisation
Reading lessons can be effective when working in pairs, this enables automatic memorisation as well. In this course students are expected to follow this structure:
Teacher: model and choral drill

  • A reads to B
  • B reads to A
  • A tests B by covering the Arabic words and only showing the Engish translation or the picture and vice versa
  • A tests B by asking B to write from memory without looking and vice versa.

This whole process enables both students to memorise and remember the words as reading, writing, and memory is being tested.

Group work and Independent Research
Group work is an important part of the course. Maximising student interaction with students using the Arabic medium. Students are encouraged to choose Islamic texts such as parts of the Qur’an and Ahadeeth and carry out independent study and present their research to their groups.

Individual Learning Plan and Certificate
Tutors will regularly be keeping records of student’s strong points and areas to work on as well as test results. This will enable the student to reflect on her own learning and aim to achieve higher. At the end of each module certificates will be awarded with their final mark.

Arabic Course Outline for Module 1 to 4
Teaching plan for each Arabic lesson
Topic/Vocabulary: The course will put emphasis in learning new vocabulary in context and topics as well as from reading a wide range of stories. The communicative power of vocabulary is immense as psychologists comment that higher the level and number of vocabulary one knows the mind is at ease, frustration is reduced because the person can articulate ones feelings and emotions with words rather than anger and physical agitation. Daniel Goleman in his ‘Emotional Intelligence,’ alludes that eloquence and ability to manipulate words to express oneself as one of the hidden signs of intelligence. Arabs also showed obsession with this science as a result produced much literature in this science such as Fiqh al-Lughah, Muthallath al Qutrub, Ghareeb al Qur’an, etc.

Use of dictionaries will be encouraged to enable student autonomy.
Grammar: A new grammar concept will be introduced each week and integrated with the topic and the spoken segment. Module 1 to 3 will provide the student a good base to independently progress on to comprehension of Arabic/Islamic texts.

Speaking: The spoken segment will be divided into 10 minutes oral communication in the topic of the lesson and 10 minutes drills with a partner.

Drills provide intensive oral practice of selected sentences that are linked to the particular grammar rule or vocabularies introduced. The philosophy behind is that through repetition or restricted response drills we can be trained into automatic responses to stimuli. This method is useful particularly in the non-Arab world where students are not exposed to daily Arabic conversations hence if students repeat a particular response to a question five times in class, then there is a fair chance that their tongue will get habituated to uttering these words in order.

Theory/Adab: Includes etiquette of learning, history of Arabic, memory techniques and study skills. This will enable the student to progress faster and arouse higher ambition.

Tests: Students will be set tests individually and in groups to enable competition to excel as well as for the tutor to record and evaluate the progress made by students.

Courses are for women only and are taught by qualified female teachers in small comfortable groups. Habiba courses are affordable. The courses are mobile so they can be studied in any area where a teacher is available. Habiba understands the needs of women and courses are flexible so students decide the day and time when they would like to study and can take a gap in between modules as required. Class sizes are kept to a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 so that students can be given individual attention, as well as learn effectively in pairs and small groups. Habiba tutors employ many effective teaching techniques (including traditional and modern methods) and are continuously developing their language teaching skills via training. Habiba tutors record each student’s achievements and progress in Individual Learning Plans and assess their potential in order to maximise learning outcomes. Courses run over a set period and cover a set syllabus, so students know exactly what they should achieve on completion of each module. Habiba Institute is continuously developing and adding new modules in Islamic sciences according to the needs of the Muslim community. Habiba Institute

What do the students say about Habiba courses?

Arabic Student

‘I would recommend Habiba as it has an open, friendly learning environment which is flexible to students needs. Teachers are supportive and have a passion for students success! May Allah reward you for your good work.’
Shamim Fazal
Tajwid Student

‘My aspiration when I joined my first tajweed class with the Habiba Institute was to improve my recitation of the Qur’an. I had been taught to “read” the Qur’an as a child in the traditional manner at a madrassah i.e. without the correct pronunciation of the Arabic letters and without applying any rules of tajweed. Over the past few years I have worked steadily through the tajweed modules offered by Habiba and having just completed module 4, Alhamdulillah I feel there has been a marked improvement in my recitation. I felt the logical next step would be to recite the Qur’an from start to finish to someone learned in tajweed; so imagine my joy when I was informed that I had been accepted onto Habiba’s Ijazah programme! Insha’Allah this year, one of their teachers qualified to give ijazah will listen to one complete reading of the Qu’ran, ensuring that I have applied all the tajweed rules.
And all this in a female only environment, and taught only by sisters Alhamdulillah!
As the Prophet (saw) said, the best of you is the one who learns the Qur’an and then teaches it.’
Sophia Subhan
University Administrator
Calligraphy Student

“I found the course extremely enjoyable. However I was amazed at how much I had to learn. I very quickly realised a lot of concentration and patience is required if you want to take the course seriously and truly learn the skill correctly. Each letter has many rules which have to be adhered to in order to ensure the letter is written to perfection. Sister Um Muhammad took us through the history of calligraphy and provided us with impressive knowledge of the famous Islamic calligraphists. I thoroughly enjoyed this learning experience.
As the weeks progressed and I started to see my work improve; this provided me with increased determination to continue with this art. I also enjoyed the class-based learning, being able to interact with other students in an Islamic environment, praying salat together during our breaks and making new friends with lovely sisters of different ages and professions.

Sister Um Muhammad is an excellent teacher. She is very assertive, ensuring each student does complete the required tasks and does take the course seriously. However she also has a very approachable and friendly style of teaching which made the course more enjoyable. On a weekly basis she provided regular feedback, providing attention to each student. She also introduced some games in some sessions to test our knowledge of the history and test our practical skill. All students seemed to enjoy this style a lot.

I was extremely pleased to receive my certificate at the end of the course and have made the intention to continue learning calligraphy. I hope Sister Um Muhammad is able to start the next level of the calligraphy course. I will definitely be signing up for it InshaAllah!”
Student – Sister Tabassam Hussain
Profession – Knowledge Manager & Business Development, Company – Ernst & Young

Why the name ‘Habiba’?
The name Habiba was chosen because:
It is a female name which is apt for an institute for women taught by women.
The root letters of the word ‘habiba’ are related to ‘hubb’ or ‘muhabba’ meaning ‘love’. When there is love for something every difficulty becomes easy by virtue of this love. As an Arab poet once said, “With love, the eye of a needle becomes as vast as a field. In the absence of love, the vast field becomes the size of an eye of a needle.”‘

Another root of Habiba is ‘habb’ meaning ‘seed. The aim of Habiba courses is to plant the seed for seeking Sacred Knowledge. Arabic is a means to this end.

Another root of Habiba is ‘Habaab’ meaning goal. Habiba aims to be goal orientated and encourage the students to aspire to that goal: Allah, who in return will open up ways unto Him.