al-Kitab al-Asasi: Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers

Assalamu ‘alaykum,

Recently, a student and I were discussing his Arabic studies and how he benefited more from visual learning. Being able to picture the vocabulary he was expected to memorize was aiding him immensely in picking up the words at a quicker pace.

Although books like Lisan al-Qur’an, Arabic Tutor, and the Durus al-Lughah Madinah Book series are useful for both grammar and vocabulary for non-native speakers of the language, none of them are as simple and visually helpful as the famous al-Kitab al-Asasi. Although it is important to keep in mind that these books are all meant for students at different levels of study, it is common to see beginners start with books that make it difficult starting off. A book like al-Kitab al-Asasi helps many students in the West gradually progress through the Arabic letters and basic grammar.

I have found that this book is especially useful for new Muslims who are not familiar with any language that uses the Arabic letters or Arabic words, such as Urdu or Farsi. A pdf of the first volume of the book has been uploaded onto the site below.

al-Kitab al-Asasi

11 thoughts on “al-Kitab al-Asasi: Teaching Arabic to Non-Native Speakers

  1. Asalam alaykum

    what would be the best arabic- english, and english-arabic dictionary you would recommend for arabic students?

    • In my humble opinion, the best Arabic-English dictionary for the average student is the Hans-Wehr Dictionary. I didn’t use an English-Arabic dictionary for very long when I was a student, but when I did I preferred al-Mawrid.

  2. How many years of study does it take
    before you can read a classical arabic book
    like ihya uloom?

  3. There is a really good website for Durus al-Lughah Madinah Book series, with video series of a teacher teaching all the lessons and “Advanced” videos pertain to “Selections from the Glorious Qur’an” taught by Dr. Abdur Rahim. (which i never did so i dont know if it is good or not) it also has an download section with all the key and solutions and other resources. Respected shaykh check it out and see if you would recommend the website.

    JazakAllahu Khairun


    Ali Khan

  4. Jazaakh’Allaah Khayr, what would you advise for a beginner who wishes to learn Arabic?

    Would you say al-Assasi is the best book?

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