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Umm Jamaal ud-Din

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I reverted to Islam. I took my Shahada in 1989. And it's actually from a Christian background, I actually grew up my grandfather and my father, both lay preachers. So I actually grew up watching my grandfather and father giving lectures in the church. And as a panel after I reverted, the first thing that I really wanted to do, like my dream was to, you know, study the religion, and to eventually, hopefully, go ahead and teach it. But I knew that in order to do that, you know, you'd have to have a strong foundation in Arabic, you'd need to have a foundation in Koran. So basically, I could divide my learning into three main stages. So starting off,

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I was, you know, I married actually a brother, who is from an Arabic speaking background, I did purposely look for an Arabic speaking husband, because of my goal to learn Arabic. And then what happened was that after marriage, I, what I used to do is I used to go on hold, for example, some grammar books, I used to write vocabulary lists every day, basically, I would dedicate some time to learning some grammar, and, you know, writing out vocabulary lists, and I used to try and memorize the vocabulary as much as I could. I had a natural love for languages. So before being a Muslim, I actually studied German, I did Germans, my HSC. So I had natural love for languages. So once I got

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exposed to Islam, it's like Arabic became

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something that I had a passion for, like, I really had deep passion for learning Arabic. So that was my first stage learning on my own. And then down below, I had the blessing, the blessing of going to live in Saudi Arabia. And when I went there, I mean, initially, my goal was to go and try to study Sharia in one of the universities there, but the only university available for non Saudi spake non Saudis, was the one and only Pura in Mecca. But I found it's almost impossible to actually gain. So I was very disappointed that I wasn't able to do that it was really sad for me because it was really my dream. But then I'm handling I had some very knowledgeable sisters that I had met in Saudi and

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they advised me you know, go study in this particular Koran School, which is called della Hooda in Gita, so and handed it I enrolled, and I started studying in you know, I started studying with all the Arabic sisters there in the Quran school, I studied there for about two years. So I was obviously immersed in the Arabic language within the classroom. And also, you know, hamdu lillahi, WA, who were memorizing the Quran, we were learning about from doing tests to learn Tajweed. So that was my initial exposure to Arabic into the Quran. And obviously, that really helped me, you know, jump quite a lot of milestones in Arabic and Quran, I wasn't gonna give up on my drain. So

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basically, once my twins were old enough, I think they were even maybe under one, I enrolled in the Western University of Sydney, and enrolled in Arabic degree. And I started studying part time, I used to, I used to just study every single Arabic subject I could get my hands on, basically. And yeah, so I started studying and I actually studied over a period of about 10 years, I would sometimes stop and have a baby, and then I'd go back and start studying again. That's kind of how I finished my degree doing it like that. So I ended up completing a major in Arabic, like a Bachelor of languages and hamdulillah. Okay, so one thing that really helped me

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strengthen my Arabic, it probably wasn't one of the main things that we string from Arabic the most. Once I finished my degree, I basically started translating all the lectures and lessons of the luck of the scholars. And then I would transfer that knowledge to sisters. And what I used to do, while I'm trans translating is obviously sometimes I come across words, I didn't understand what they meant. So I'd either go to my husband, or I could consult the dictionary and translate, but what I found is that it's all doing it over a 10 year period. And basically, in the beginning, I'll ask a lot of questions. There's a lot of words I didn't know the meanings of, but as time went by, I'd be

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asking less and less to the point that you know, and hamdulillah it got to the stage where I really asked any questions about any of the words because that's how you strengthen up your Arabic the most Okay, so once I had gained a strong grasp of the Arabic language, that that's what enabled me to go on then and hamdulillah start studying with some

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Have the scholars who are specialists in their fields, who are based in Saudi Arabia who actually teach in universities in Saudi Arabia. And I also have,

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you know, obviously went on and was able to finish memorizing the Koran. And I also handled, I was able to achieve, you know, getting an adjuster in touch with it. And then for the lead in that time, and now unhandled I'm currently doing an honors, I'm doing a bachelor honors degree in fictional sort of film, inshallah, so that, that was all because I've always believed that, you know, Arabic is actually the key genomic sciences. That's why I was so adamant to actually, you know, strengthen my Arabic in the first place, because I knew that that is really the stepping stone to really getting a strong grasp of the religion. So in the beginning, what I was doing when I was when I

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first started out, memorizing the Quran is actually to write it out in transliteration, because I didn't know how, you know, I couldn't really read from the Arabic So I used to have to write it out in the transliteration and I used to write the meaning underneath. That also helped me strengthen my Arabic as well. And then I would just like memorize and the is I actually had many, many books that I had written all like I started from the back of the Quran, I always advise people when you're starting out memorizing the Quran, to feel a satisfaction in memorizing it's really advised to start from the back because you're working with small stories so you feel like you're really achieving

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something we do memorization