Trying to Remember the “Why”

I’ve been taking Arabic at this place in San Francisco for almost two years now. For 8 of those months, I wasn’t working so I always had my homework done and vocabulary memorized for the one or two days a week I had class.

Yeah, I was *that* person.

Things were different once I started working again. As I yawned in class one evening after my first day back at work, the teacher laughed good-naturedly and said that now I knew what it felt like. It just got harder from there. I didn’t have as much as the vocabulary memorized. Sometimes I didn’t even finish my homework. I won’t even talk about the last term…

For a moment I thought about taking a break, collect myself and start back up in a couple of months. Then I thought back to why I’m doing this all on the first place. I want to learn Arabic to eventually gain a better understanding of the Qur’an, to jump start my mind in the way that learning a language can, and also to get a reprieve from the corporate life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for my job and I’m glad I have this opportunity to work and help out at home. It also pays for these classes! However, the 9 to 5 shouldn’t discourage me from pursuing outside interests but instead, enable me to do so.

This is something I want to do. It took me years to even start up classes. This isn’t the time to take a break, it’s time to start anew, the time to step it up. I’m going to make this work, InshAllah.

But man oh man is Arabic hard… ;)

5 thoughts

  1. Salaam Sister Bushra,

    Sorry if I seem like a stalker, I honestly am not, somehow came across your website typing muslim stuff in the search engine.
    Anyway, I just wanted to say I do arabic too at university it’s part of my course and yup I know how hard it is, often I feel like giving up, the grammar is scary. But honestly hang in there, the outcomes worth it! And besides the harder it is the more thawaab we will gain from Allah insha’Allah :)

    Ma’salaam,

    Faizah

  2. Salaam, thanks for the comment! It’s funny, at this point I’m taking a break from Arabic and will start up again in July, InshAllah, but I really miss it right now. Although I’m really busy with some other stuff, Arabic is one of the things I’m doing to improve myself and it’s really important to have that kind of stuff in one’s life. It’s hard but as you said, it’s totally worth it :)

  3. Well I hope Insha’Allah it goes all well for you :)
    I’m actually taking persian next year on my course, because I love persian poetry, Imam Al Ghazali, Rumi, Allama Iqbal etc and all my friends say it’s one of the most easiest languages to learn, so have a go at that too!

    Ma’salaam,

    Faizah

  4. Ohh I was just browsing your blog and I had to comment on this. I’m in an Arabic program right now and I have to agree, Arabic is so hard! But in all my misery and frustration, I love it in some weird way. Are you taking classes right now?

  5. Salaam, I’m going to admit, I haven’t taken classes in a while. I still need to figure out my next steps though, I don’t want to forget it all! Good luck with your studies!!

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