Thursday, October 21, 2010

Will You Reach The Finish Line? | One Month at Bayyinah Dream

Something which we learned in this past month at Bayyinah is that studying sacred knowledge of our religion is truly a privilege. Many people are given the opportunity to start seeking knowledge but not everyone has the chance to finish seeking it.

Alhamdulillah yesterday we completed our first month at Bayyinah. Our level of reading, writing, recitation, and comprehension fluency of the arabic language as progressed very far. Reading without tashkeel, comprehending most of what we are reading, and speaking is almost a norm for the students. Though we are still here, there is no guarantee that we will remain for the remaining nine months. At the same time we will only be speaking Arabic on and around the campus by the end of December, inshaAllah.

Since the start of classes till now a few students have had to pull out of the program due to medical and family emergencies. Think about it, they did not do something wrong which caused them to leave. Rather, it was simply the will of Allah. No one except our Lord knows what is good or bad for us.

There were some questions asked by some of the you guys. I've tried to answer them as thoroughly as possible:

1. What do you do after 3 pm?
After 3pm is our break time. Usually we shoot around some pool, play some ping pong, or simply go home. We have the facilities at Bayyinah to have a good time alhamdulillah. At the same time there are many brothers and sisters who stick around for an extra hour or so and continue with their studies and/or finishing up homework.

2. How much review is a student doing daily regularly?
As for Qur'an, the huffadh are currently reviewing about a juz a day along with tajweed lessons taught four days a week by Ustadh Wisam Sharieff. As for grammar, we usually study from 2-4 hours daily depending on our workload.

3. Is the schedule something you can see yourself doing seriously for 10 months or will a few breaks be necessary? (i.e. too intense all the time)
The schedule is very doable, alhamdulillah. People do end up getting tired, but it's not something which getting a drink or a power nap can't get rid of. As for breaks, we have off during Eid, national holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, 4th of July, etc), as well as every Friday. So there is more then enough room to breathe.

4. What helped students get in? (what things they studied or institutes they attended beforehand that helped them in the Dream Program, what things help the organizers of the Dream program determine whether to accept a student or not).
Well, for the most part getting in was not extremely difficult, alhamdulillah. Bayyinah wants students who are committed to learning and spreading the deen. But at the same time they want only the best-of-the-best. They prefer people who have good manners, productive study habits, and are willing to work to the edge. There are no specific institutes which someone must attend for Bayyinah to accept a student's application.

Some things which will help you get in are some common items:
  1. Good study manners + akhlaq. This will probably be one of the first (if not the first) item you should work on.
  2. Goals. Bayyinah wants to make sure you know what you are getting into when applying. One must understand that this will be a 24/7 commitment. Remember, you can go to Egypt, Syria, or Jordan to study as well. So make sure to have a reason as to why you picked Bayyinah..rationalize it!
  3. Quran Recitation. It doesn't have to be amazing. As long as you can recognize letters and generally read you should be okay.
  4. Knowledge, Qur'an, etc will follow. But if you have more Islamic seminars/classes under your belt it will hold some weight, but don't make it your focus. Make sure to perfect the above two and follow it with the third point.
Are there any international students at Bayyinah this year?
No international students are currently present in the program. All students are based in the United States.

How do sisters practice tajweed?
Generally everyone sits in the same class and recites along with Ustadh Wisam. Later on the students split up into groups and recite amongst each other; sisters and brothers in their own groups respectively.

Let us know what else you'd like to know!


  1. I don't like the whole, "will you make it?" Idea, don't get me wrong its a legit question but It's not really necesarry. As a dream student my aim isn't just to stay in the program but to do my best and excel in my understanding inshaAllah. How about "will you excel?"

    -Riza K.

  2. Jazakallah khair,
    now could you post pictures, videos, and/or some audio samples of any given session if you can. Hey also, I have a question. Would having a laptop (for note taking, practicing note-taking, arabic researching and emailing) for this program help you?

  3. Well, the title could be anything. I just used it because I couldn't think of anything else!

  4. As for pictures we currently will not be posting any multimedia online as requested by the Bayyinah administration. That are some pictures available which the administration has put online. Please see the second post on this blog to see them.

  5. Assalamualaikum,

    I had a question regarding financial arrangements: Does the amount due for the program paid in full before entering the program or can a monthly payment plan be set up?

    Can you tell us how the current Bayyinah students are paying for the program and do you have any suggestions for college students in order to meet the required payment due?

    Jazakallah Khair

  6. mashallah good post.
    i pray Allah puts success in the work of the teachers and the efforts of the students.

  7. What is the difference between Madinah/Ummul qura universities 2 year language course and Bayyinah 10 months course?

    Those who are studying with kids how they are organizing everything?

  8. Jazakallahu Khair. It was very informative! About the international students, i want to know for sure whether the Bayyinah Dream programme is especially for students in the United States or can international students apply as well?

  9. Assalam alikum,

    What 6 ajza' will students work on memorizing?

  10. InshaAllah all of your questions will be answered in the upcoming post!

    Keep 'em coming!

  11. We finished the first 2 Medina books material by the 4th week I believe.

    6 juz of your choosing

    US only for now, might change,

    Nihal will explain in greater detail i believe


  12. Salam!

    Jazakallahu khairan for the blog. I'm looking into this program for next year and your insights are extremely appreciated. I was wondering:

    -(if not too personal) what level of arabic were you at before starting and now? You don't have to tell me your personal progress, but I was just wondering whether those who cannot speak Arabic at all or understand too much of it can keep up with the pace.

    -How much 'immersion' are you getting into Arabic? Do students generally speak Arabic with one another in and out of class?

    -How much access do sisters have to the instructors during breaks or after class?

    -Will any of the instructors be sisters?

    If any of the sisters could also respond to some of these questions, would appreciate it a lot.


  13. No posts in a while--you must be busy!

  14. Salaam everyone! Nihal has been very busy lately, he apologizes for not getting back to you sooner. I'm his room mate, Adeeb! If you have any questions about the DREAM program and/or student life that you don’t want to bug the administration about, you can ask me at :)

  15. Is anyone responding to emails at this moment?

  16. asalamualaykum
    i would really like to know the experience of sisters who have shifted to texas for dream and their experiences. jzk

  17. As-salaamu alaykum wa rahmatul Allahi wa barakaatuhu,

    I was watching Bayyinah Institute's Qur'anic Arabic 201 refresher videos at Ma sha Allah, they are very excellent. In the videos, ustadh Nouman Ali Khan mentioned that there are review documents/notes at: etc.

    However, when I went to those sites, the notes were no longer there. Do you know where I can find these and the rest of the documents/notes for this series of videos?

    Could you please send your reply to as I will probably not keep checking this website?

    Jazaakum Allahu khairun

    1. Salam
      I'm having the same problem, did you get a reply yet?

  18. is it worth travelling from the uk to dallas to undertake the dream?