First Time Visiting Home!

Ever since we first arrived in Egypt, I had been planning to visit home at least once during our program. As the months passed I grew more and more eager to return home and see my family. I had it

Top 3 Study Tips from “The Overachiever”

I’ve always been one to love school and love learning. Growing up, I was the kid who always wanted to have the best grades and who all the other kids would call “the overachiever,” and even when they called me

Who Are You?

I have friends that left to go study abroad and didn’t visit their family’s back home until the end of their studies. For some, that only meant a year or two, but for others it meant 10 years. I’m not

8th Month Study Abroad Update

I’m pleased to say that we’ve now been studying here in Egypt for almost 9 months.It feels like an amazing feat and the progress we’ve made is really starting to show. Everything from reaching the 8th level in our text

It’s not as easy as it looks

“It’s not as easy as it looks,” I think that’s what I would tell students interested in studying Arabic abroad. Not to discourage them but to be real with them. A lot of people come abroad with this unreal expectation

A Lesson from Our Weekly Suhba

Every few weeks I am blessed with the opportunity to gather with other students from around Cairo and to enjoy each other’s company all while receiving an essential spiritual reminder from our shaykh. This past week, Shaykh discussed the importance

Renewing Your Intention

Over the past few weeks I’ve felt myself getting a bit tired. The constant repetition of classes, morning and evening. The constant memorization of new terminology, vocabulary, Ayat, texts from books of Fiqh and poetry from poems of Tajweed and

Connecting with Egypt

A few weeks ago, I decided to start taking a class in Calligraphy at this little school located near Masjid al-Azhar. I was ecstatic about starting, as I’ve always wanted to learn Arabic Calligraphy, and this school came highly recommended

These Sins Will Destroy You

We don’t always think about the repercussions of our actions. In fact, when you read the word “repercussion”, you probably think of someone going to jail for murder or something severe. Small actions that we do daily tend to be