A Valuable Advice To All Students

Nouman Ali Khan


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The speakers emphasize the importance of growth and learning in learning, and stress the need to be self aware. They recommend a book called "well, Al Ham). The speakers also discuss the importance of humility and pride in learning, and advise the audience to finish the book and practice learning through writing and reading. The speakers highlight a new program in Turkey that is a month long and emphasizes the importance of learning the Quran to enhance one's understanding of the language. They encourage the audience to use resources like YouTube and Facebook to make learning a part of their life.

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I want you to know that there are

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there's two mindsets. I mean, you guys have been studying for a while. So I'm just giving you this observation after 20 or so years of teaching.

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There are students whose only concern is growth. That's their only concerned, they just want to learn this stuff. That's it. Like, their sense of accomplishment doesn't come from completing a book, or completing a program or completing a curriculum or completing a class or getting a, you know, I finished or I'm, or, or even Oh, I'm all the way up to speed with the live sessions are not behind. That's not what gives them a sense of accomplishment, but gives them a sense of accomplishment as they're growing.

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And when you can, when you concern yourself with growth, then you become unconcerned. With everything extra, you become unconcerned with the growth of others. You become unconcerned with the pace of the class, you become unconcerned, whether you finish the book or not, the only thing on your mind is growth. Now, there are other

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people, the majority of people in the world whose concern is rank. It's not growth, its rank. Rank means I want to keep up with other people. I want, I want to start to be proud of me. I want to be able to see I finished the program, I want to complete this material. It's like they're somewhere in there. Yes, of course they are. If you ask them flat out, why are you doing this? To learn Arabic? Yeah, but if you dig a little bit deeper, the mindset is not a growth mindset. It's actually a rank mindset. Right. And this mindset, permeates in every part of life. There's two kinds of people that do work, there's people that do work and learn, whether it's learning Arabic, like you guys are, or

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they're working, or they're the way they operate in their family, the way they operate in life. They operate from a mindset of growth, and others, they operate from a mindset of rank, everything they do, they keep thinking, Where do I rank with this? How do I rank compared to others? What are people gonna say about this? You know, and it's over, there's always somebody else in the equation and growth, nobody else is on the equation. Nobody else is in your horizon, just you, but in rank somebody else? So I'll tell you, for example, I feel personally, there are gaps in my knowledge of Arabic. Still, there are many gaps in my knowledge of Arabic, and I want to fill those gaps. And I

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want to go to a teacher and say, hey, I want to I want to do this curriculum. And they can, they can say to me, okay, so your intermediate or your advanced, let me do this. And my mindset is No, I actually really want to grow. So I'm going to start from the beginning, and make sure I didn't miss anything. This is for myself, I'm not talking about you guys. I want to make sure I didn't miss anything. Because even if the fundamentals are the basics, maybe there are some things that I've forgotten, or I need review on. And I don't want to miss any of that. Because the thing that's most valuable to me in my own pursuit of education is growth. Not Oh, I finished this course. And I also

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have this, uh, you know what, when I see people when they introduce themselves, and they tell me what degrees they got, or where they graduated from, they did this. The mindset, it's not that I'm, that's really nice that you graduated from somewhere. It's really cool. But the mindset is still up, I want to show you where I rank, because of what I have accomplished. Right? And this is the kind of thing even when hiring somebody, I don't want to see Don't Don't tell me what you've done. You already did it.

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Cool. You did it.

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Tell me about what you're going to do, and how you're going to keep growing as you do it. Like that's what I'm interested in hearing. Right. So this is the same mentality I want you to have the reason I'm bringing this up as as we reach the end of the textbook, I want some students that

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have been keeping up they know the material like Saudi are a good candidate, I think shazzy Also good candidate. Others that have come online are good candidates. Some of you may be struggling with putting a Basic Joomla together still, some maybe some may be struggling if I if I had you read the first chapter of the book, one chapter 40, almost. But if I had you read the first chapter, you'd still have some struggles and mistakes. But you're so hung up on the idea that I want to be with everyone. And I want to finish that you are now losing sight of your growth mentality. You're no longer growing. You're just trying to hold on to the rank of being a student that's advancing.

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Let go of the growth mindset.

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And remind me started with Sid Arkansas. Well, we'll talk about that but inshallah like this is this is something that I want to see going further. I want to take only the students that are where I am right now. And they're not holding on to the live sessions because they're not accepting that they haven't reached that stage of growth yet. It's not a hit on your pride. Not

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Having learned something to perfection doesn't make you a lesser person. Struggling with the material doesn't make you a lesser person, you're not as good at Arabic doesn't make you a lesser person. Like, I'm reminded of the jazz example, who was very hurt at first that she wasn't doing well, after putting so much work in and I said, you need to take a breath, calm down, go back and start at the basics. And she's been doing that, or Hamdulillah, she sends me questions every once in a while. And from her questions, I can see remarkable growth, growth I didn't see for a long time in her because she was too concerned with rank, and she didn't realize it. So this is not making you a

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bad person. It's just, I want you to become self aware. Are you actually learning in the most optimal way? And are you are you able to, you know, we can give advice about humility, and humbleness about not having pride. But this is where pride really kicks in? Am I willing to kick my own pride in the face and say, Hey, I need to go back to some of the basics. And so the moment you hear fundamentals or basic basics, I don't know.

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How could you, I'm so hurt,

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that you won't grow, you will grow. So, you know, develop that mindset, and inshallah you will go far. And you anything you'll learn, you'll do great. And especially with Arabic, just, I'm telling you, I've tried to learn things before. And the only time I've really, truly learned something is when I have growth mindset.

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It disappears over time and disappears, there's just, you can concern with finishing, I want you to finish, I want you to finish with this one. And if you have to go through the whole book, chapter one to 40, the whole create, don't wait for me to create it as this is your intensive for yourself, I'm going to read the whole book, you know, like and just, you know, anchor, before I do something else, do it. For God's sake, do it. And then my recommendation to those of you that have been keeping up as we approach the end of the book, I'm not going to teach this to you, I'm going to give this to you to do because I come I'm 1,000,000% certain you are capable of doing this on your own

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1,000,000%, the elementary Modern Standard Arabic textbook,

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the orange book I referred to before, you should finish it beginning like from page 100. To the end, I think it's chapters one through 30.

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Run through it. You can do all the exercises, you can read all the texts, all the drills, some of the terminology will be difficult, but it won't be don't depend on me, don't email me, what does this mean? What does this mean? Look it up, become independent. And you can, you can crush that textbook. And by the way that textbook is taught over two semesters at the university.

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It doesn't it's never taught in one semester. And then the green book on top of that is taught another two semesters. So that's two years at university Arabic studies and that book, and I think you can do that book and maybe two months, right now, you can you could crush both of those books in a couple of months, just after you finish this. There's just as your because what that will do, what that book will force you to do is it'll start you getting you to compose Arabic, you'll you won't you're reading Well, now Al Hamdulillah. But you're still struggling to put your thoughts together and compose things, it'll force you to start composing also, so that that that middle skill set is

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going to start building up, I can check, you know, 1000 people's essays, I can't do that. There's, it's impossible, the qualitative checks are impossible. So you guys have to do some of that work. And Inshallah, when you do that, as you're doing that, I'm going to start giving you some more because the Arabic that I'm going to be building here for you, it's not going to be the Arabic of speech or the Arabic of composition, it's the Arabic of reading analysis of texts, your I'm interested in getting you to Islamic studies. But that doesn't mean that's the only Arabic that should concern you, you should be concerned with filling the gaps of your Arabic that this program

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doesn't cover. The Dream Program. Is that all things Arabic, it's Islamic Studies Arabic, right? But I'm aware of the other areas of Arabic and I want you to know how to how to, like start tapping into them. Inshallah, okay, this year, I was supposed to try and do an immersion program in Turkey. And things happened I wasn't able to pull that off. But the plan isn't last yet. I what I'm what I'm hoping to do,

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which was conceptualized in my mind now is, hopefully by next summer, I'll have the website made in a couple of months, though, is an Arabic intensive that's a month long. For people that want to do the very basic curriculum, like intensives one and two, they can come to that and do that. And then people that want to go deeper into Quranic Arabic or rather inter inter reading and advanced studies, they can do that with an Arab teacher, they can go through a text go through a book, and then people that don't even know I live by can come there in 30 days, they can start reading from the Quran, like people have different levels of Arabic will have something to do for 30 days to

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enhance themselves. And in the evening, I'll just

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have to use of the Quran. So I'll put people in different categories in the day. And in the evening we can study a sutra in depth together in sha Allah new are those so that's kind of the structure in my mind for an Arabic intensivo probably give it its original name Quran intensive and put that together. Right now Turkey is looking like a really good candidate, but I'm gonna finish my homework on it and see if we could do that inshallah.

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