Bismillah Walhamdulillah Was Salaatu Was Salaam ‘ala Rasulillah
One of the brother’s whom i asked about Mahad Medina gave the following:
“I knew a bit of Arabic, I had done Madinah book 1 twice before, so knew some basic rules, could read a little and write a little. Alhamdu lilaah. I couldn’t speak anything though, past kayfaluk, bikhay Alhamdu lilaah etc etc…
The mahad teach the same program as the univerisity of madeenah, the madinah books 1, 2, e etc. if you don’t already know each consist of a number of books and its the other books (like T’beer/expression and Qiraa/reading) that get you speaking and understanding Insha’Allaah.
I completed level 1 and half of level 2 (each level is beyween 3 & 4 months long) and Alhamdu lilaah benefited a lot. My level now is much better than before but still not where I’d like it, somewhere between basic and not so basic. I certainly understand more and can read and speak better but wouldn’t say I’m fluent in either. Although I’m able to get by on the street Alhamdu lilaah.
From level 2 onwards you study hadith, stories of the prophets, fiqh and all sciences of the deen. The madinah program is EXCELLENT for the taalibul ilm and I remember saying on many occassions thay everyone should complete this course as a minimum requirement for starting to understand the deen. Just my personal view.
The beautiful thing about Yemen is that your emaan remains in tact, the sunnah is everywhere maasha’Allaah, you can study as much or little as you want as everyday there are lessons with the mashaykh in the masjid (Sharqain) and every Friday one of the senior mashaykh will visit Sanna’a (Masjid Khayr).
Don’t worry about having a basic level or not as my brother in law said to me (who’s a student in dammaj) you can’t NOT learn Arabic living in Yemen, studying everyday and sitting in the masjid for the lessons in a year. You won’t become an aalim in a year as a lot of us Westerners expect but Insha’Allaah if you’re serious work hard attend all lessons and most of all have ikhlaas Insha’Allaah you’l have a middle level of speaking, writing, understanding . After level 2 most people can speak, read and understand the other lessons in the masjid and stuff is an added bonus.
In the mahad you have an exam every month and there’s a certificate when you finish the course but this is only to test your level, make sure you’re understanding and to progress to the next level.”
One of the sisters gave the following info which i thought would be beneficial specially for sisters:
Maahad Medina offer totally separate studying facilities for men and women, so insya Allah you will not have to be in an akward environment. The teachers there are very helpful and very detail in their teaching and their commitment to the sunnah. They follow the Unviversity of Madeenah’s program for Arabic course for foreigners. Masjid Sharkain was recently under reconstruction but about to be ready and insyaAllah we will be starting class there next week. There are 5 study rooms at the masjid for sisters. In the morning, at the masjid we normally sit in our Qur’an halaqah for qur’an memorization and and there is talqin every morning to correct our makhraj. We are appointed individual ustazah if we so desire for our memorization. Most classes at the masjid are offered after asr daily, it ranges from arabic, aqeedah, tafsir, hadeeth etc. As the newly reconstructed masjid will be opening soon, we will have a more firm shecdule soon, but there are classes that will continue from before. Every Thursday morning we have Bulugh al-Maram and Hiliyatul Tilawah (tajweed). The lessons at the maahad are fee based but they are extremely reasonable compared to other maahads. The lessons at the masjid are free. ALL are very beneficial.
If you have arrived in Sana’a with your mahram, or even before, the maahad do help you look for a place to stay. Sana’a is very safe and if you intend to study at maahad medina and masjid sharkain, I would advise that you fidn a place within the vicinity as you would be going to and fro form home to either maahad or masjid.