“Those to whom We have given the Book (the Qur’an) study it as it should be studied: they are the ones that believe therein: those who reject faith therein the loss is their own.” (Qur’an, 2:121)
Shahena Hussain has studied Arabic language in the UK under well known and respected teachers. She has been teaching Arabic for the past five years. She views teaching as a way of retaining and imparting her knowledge and expertise. While not learning and teaching Arabic she is a full-time teacher of mathematics at a secondary school in Essex. Arabic and teaching are her lifelong passion.
Your teacher for the course first began studying Arabic Language properly during her first year as an undergraduate. Before this time in her life she only knew how to read the Quran as taught as a child in mosque classes. As a young person she became increasingly dissatisfied with not being able to read the Quran with full understanding and tajweed. She completed a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Finance at Queen Mary, University of London. She used her time at university to develop her Islam immensely, attending and organising various Islamic lectures, classes and events. She completed several part-time and weekend courses in Arabic. After graduating she completed a PGCE in secondary mathematics.
She especially enjoyed her intermediate Arabic course she undertook at the al ansar centre in goodmayes which was taught by Abu Talha, graduate of the Islamic University of Madeenah. His wife was also her teacher of Tajweed. In summer 2006, she had the privilege of studying under Muaawiyah Tucker also a graduate of the Islamic university of Madeenah, completing an intensive course studying Madeenah Book 1, 2 and 3 with him as well as doing covering al-Ajroomiyah. In summer 2007, she studied the advanced course again with Muaawiyah, reading books including qisas un nabiyeen (stories of the prophets) and seerah tun nabawi (Biography of the Prophet (pbuh)) . She has experience of teaching Madeenah Book 1, 2 and 3 and has been teaching Arabic for the past 5 years.
Teaching and Arabic are Shahena’s passion. She attempts to apply the skills she has accumulated in her professional teacher training course and experience as a maths teacher to teaching Arabic. She has a vast knowledge of teaching methods and is confident in dealing with a variety of people. Shahena continues to study Arabic through books, lectures and online courses. Shahena was born and raised in East London. She is married with two children. Learning Arabic has been and continues to be an amazing journey and she encourages every Muslim to embark on. It will surely fill a gap and bring purpose and beauty into people’s lives. Wa ma thawfeeqi illa billah (And success comes only from Allah).
“O my Rabb! Increase me in knowledge.” (Qur’an, 20:114)
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