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TESTIMONIALS

Alhamdulillah, all Praise to Allah swt, here is what our students are saying

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Testimonials from Students of Our Short Courses

Subhan Allah, where could I begin? The connection is great. Very good sound and really amazing interaction between the Alimah and students. So that makes me feel like the Alimah really is involved with us. The Alimah is so kind and generous. Her method of teaching has drawn me to seek more courses insha Allah.

– Student from New York, USA

Alhumdulillah, this course (Loving the Beloved Messenger (SAW) )has brought me closer to Rasool Allah s.a.w. All the stories that Apa shared are now embedded upon our hearts. She cried and made us cry as well in love for Rasool Allah s.a.w. This course has made me fall in love with the Sunnah and reminded us how beautiful our Nabi s.a.w was, and that too, in the most beautiful of ways, SubhanaAllah. I wish to listen to the recordings again and again because I know the charm of this course will never end inshaAllah. It has been what I wanted. Now I wish to do so much for Rasool Allah s.a.w , May Allah SWT grant us all the taufiq of being like him s.a.w.

– Student from Pakistan

Alhamdulillah, feel blessed to get the taufiq to be a part of this course. Many of the stories and lessons from the life of the beloved Messenger (saw) that i know is because of your beautiful lectures on Seerah. This course has helped me yearn to inculcate Sunnah in my life; especially the Sunnah of being a source of Sukoon and happiness in other people’s lives. I wish that Allah Ta’Ala Grants me the same love for Syedinna Rasulullah (saw) that our beloved teachers and mashaikh have. Please make dua for this wish to be fulfilled. Cant thank you enough for your concern and duas for us.

– Student from Pakistan

Alhumdullilah this short summer course gave a boost to my spirituality. Aalimah Sobia is such a good teacher and MashaAllah she inculcated the love for our Prophet in our hearts through this course. We learned the prophet saw praise worthy Conduct, his leadership qualities, his family life and how he loved Allah swt. I feel very blessed to be part of this course and under my teacher Aalimah Sobia.

– Student from Illinois, USA

This course touched my heart very deeply & I felt closer to the Prophet SAW.
It is the spirituality of the heart that counts.. Hence, Apa’s love for the Prophet SAW reverberated in our hearts…I can never thank her enough for her ehsaan on us for making us feel what we now feel for our dearest beloved Rasoolullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wa Ale hi Wassalim.

– Student from the UK

I am very glad that I took this course: I was only able to join towards the end – with the fifth session. We had been advised to start revising and reading about our beloved Nabi saw in preparation for Ramadan, and this was a highly useful course – and a very unique one at that – about going over things that ignite our love for our Nabi. I would highly recommend Maryam Institute to other sisters, and hope to take future courses InshaAllah.

– Student from Pakistan

Allhumdullilah.. Excellent pace .. excellent content ..and excellent explanation of each topic.. heart touching hadiths beautifully explained…all these are really going to be beneficial to attain the love of Sayyadina Rasul Sallalahu alehewasallam and inshaAllah will enable us to practice on his Sunnah with the same love and respect.

– Student from Canada

Alhumdulilah I really enjoyed the short course, Knowing the Beloved Messenger saw, it was very helpful! Alimah Sobia teaches in such a beautiful and eloquent manner that makes it interesting and easy for students to hang on and look forward to the next class :)

– Student from Canada

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Testimonials from Students of the Quran Program

Alhamdulillah! I am grateful and honored to be a student of Maryam Institute! The institute is professional and organized. The system works well, everything is accessible to the student, TA’s are very helpful and they respond promptly! What I am very impressed with, is that Alimah Sobia is approachable, contactable and open to suggestions, Jazakallah khair this puts the student at ease and it makes learning pleasurable!
I was anxious at first, coming from a third world country, being an older learner, skeptical about distance learning and unsure if my computer literacy was sufficient. Alhamdulillah, everything was pointed out clearly, step by step, we constantly receive reminders, help is offered and everyone is very obliging, including fellow students!
Being a student of Tafsir has been awesome and I am ever grateful to Allah SWT for guiding me to enroll. I enjoy every lesson with enthusiasm Alhamdulillah! Ilm mud Deen is my passion as I have been a student of deen all of my adult life. This is the first time that I have registered with a formal institution and I cannot imagine my life without it. This course has given me immense fulfillment, a great purpose in life and absolute enjoyment! This course has taken priority over my life, my days and my time, as I love the study of the Qur’an.

– Student from South Africa

I really appreciate Tafsir, Ustadha explains the verses very well and I enjoy the fact that we go into depth and the teacher adds a story to nearly every verse including various explanations and analogies.

– Student from the US

I think Sobia aapa is just doing her job in the most perfect way humanly possible. Never have I had a teacher even in university education who is always available to answer all questions and cover so much detail in her lectures. I feel that these details related to context and multiple meanings are very beneficial in retaining the understanding of the verses. Just a few months of studying has enabled me to dig deeper into the meanings of the verses while reciting the Qur’an. This is all because of Allah’s blessings and her efforts of explaining.

– Student from Pakistan

Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, I’m not worthy of this, but this is Allah SWT’s blessing upon me, that He connected my heart to the Qur’an. I find the Tafsir classes very thorough, informative, easy to understand, and very interesting. I like how Ustadha always explains the context of revelation and narrates as many relevant ahadith and as many different interpretations and points of view given by different scholars so we can understand the verses from all angles. Taking these classes has helped me tremendously in having a clear view as to the purpose of our lives, and has brought about a calmness and contentment in my heart. With Allah SWT’s mercy, I have been more consistent with my tahajjud prayers and making dua`s, and working diligently towards achieving more khushu and khuzu in my ‘ibadah. My heart feels like it’s always connected to Allah SWT and in my mind I’m always trying to perform actions that are pleasing to Him and that are in compliance with the Sunnah and Shariah.

– Student from the US

We actually look forward to each and every class and miss them when they are off. My life has changed completely due to these classes. I have learnt that the best of friends one can have is only Allah swt and He alone should be enough for a believer.

– Student from Pakistan

Alhamdulillah, it seems that indeed Allah ta’ala has placed a lot of barakah in Sobia Apa’s voice. I have learnt so much, how these ayate mubaraka relate to us. It is really helpful when Apa focuses on the “lessons for us” drawn from the verses. I really feel that I am starting to see things differently and think about things on a whole new level.
May Allah ta’ala accept it from all of us.

– Student from UK

The Qur’an program is a complete course full of knowledge. I have actually become addicted to this course- if I miss one or two classes I just feel that something is wrong or my day was incomplete. Shukr Allhumdulilah just because of this course, I tend to recite the Qur’an almost on a daily basis. I feel seriously blessed that I am able to attend this course and that I read the Qur’an in the way it should be read with meanings, context, lessons, morals etc. It is a blessing and big naimah of Allah ta’ala that He has chosen me to attend these classes, that he has given me taufiq of attending these classes.

– Student from Australia

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Testimonials from Students of the Fundamentals Program

I am so blessed to find out about Maryam Institute. I have learned a lot over the last few months, probably more than what I have learned in forty years of my life. It is great to have a young teacher who understands the daily challenges we face living in a western society. My 13 year old daughter also listens to the recordings and it is amazing how sister Sobia is able to affect her heart as much as she has affected mine. May Allah bless her. My daughter even said she wants to now become an Alimah.

– Student from the US

I absolutely love hadith class. The hadith are so deep and I like the way that Ustadha makes them relevant with examples we can actually relate to. I had read these same hadith many a year ago and have always tried my best to follow them, keeping away from the haram – but the examples given for these very same hadith are so subtle – it’s the minor shirk examples that were mentioned to us that have really made a difference in the way I now view these very same hadith… the biggest change I have felt in my personality has come through my new understanding of these hadith examples that have been shared with us. The emphasis that has been put on honoring our trusts and how to be with others, their rights etc… I could write volumes on what I have learned Alhamdulillah!
One day, when this world is over and done, Insha’Allah Allah swt have mercy upon me and grant me His jannah, may I find all of you wonderful sisters from MI who have helped me and we finally meet and share each other’s company. Ameen.

– Student from Malaysia

Jazak’Allah khair for all the hard work you are putting in to teach us I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. This is the best thing I have done since I reverted and I really hope I make the most of it Insha’Allah. I tell everyone I know about this course and I hope many others will continue to benefit in the same way that I am. May Allah reward you abundantly.

– Student from the UK

It’s been my wish since my childhood to understand what Quran actually says. Alhamdulilah this dream has now come true. May Allah reward our Ustadha in this world and hereafter.

– Student from Malaysia

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Testimonials from Students of the Advanced Program

Sister Sobia is an amazing teacher. She explains the verses in much detail. She also includes hadith when explaining verses that are relevant, then she discusses how the verses could be drawn into our own lives and what lesson we can learn from verses that are pertinent in this day and age. I have Alhamdulilah learned a lot in the short time I have been with Maryam Institute.

– Student from the US

I appreciate each time the spiritual relevance (of the ayah) to our lives, is mentioned. To me, this is what brings us closer to and nurtures deeper love for Quran. It is nothing but the Mercy of Allah, when He gives a person time to reflect and ponder over His Words…and places that person in the company of others who are doing the same.
May Allah reward you and your family and continue to bless your efforts …ameen

– Student from USA

The Qur’an classes are really good and beneficial, mashaAllāh; having previously read only Quran without any tafseer I now can understand how neccessary and benefical is tafseer, as finally some light is shed on many verses on which I have spent much time wondering what could they mean. I also can now more adequately apprehend what unfathomable depths are containted in the Speech of Allāh, of which we can touch only the surface (which also gives incentive to dig ever and ever deeper, bi’isdhnillāh). Extremely beneficial is that the Quranic teachings are brought in the context that most immediately related to us, i.e., our everyday lives and efforts to bring ourselves in harmony with them and transform ourselves through them. Invaluably helpful is that we are pointed towards not only historical and everyday experience levels of meaning but also towards subtle spiritual meanings, which gives more motivation to strive to achieve more in our own spiritual development.

Student from Latvia

Words can’t actually express how I truly feel, alhamdulillah we are extremely blessed to have been granted this great opportunity by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. Tafsir Classes are very enlightening and it brings to light the true beauty of the Quran al Karim. It has helped me tremendously to understand the deen better and encouraged me to try and strive against myself in order to implement the spiritual lessons taught, alhamdulillah.
Tafsir Class is truly like a niche illuminating the lives of the students. No matter how much I try to express, words can never truly convey the reality of these lovely classes and the impact it has had on my life, alhamdulillah. JazakumAllahu khairan wa ahsanul jazah, may Allah ta’ala shower your lives with Rahmah and Barakah, Ameen. Alhamdulillah, Arabic Classes improved my Arabic skills substantially. I am able to better apprehend the Quran al Karim while reciting alhamdulillah :). Furthermore, I was able to write an email in Arabic for the first time yesterday, read messages, duaas and watch bayans in Arabic alhamdulillah :). The pace is perfect, I am always looking forward to learning more about Allah ta’ala’s beautiful language.

– Student from Morocco

I’m just amazed that I actually have managed to learn so many things, alhamdulillah! It’s just wonderful to realize that, when reading the Quran and other Arabic texts, I now understand so much more of what I read and about how the sentences are put together.

– Student from Finland

Since I took shehada I knew that I wanted to know everything I could about the Quran. In general I think the Tafsir class is excellent. Learning the actual events that were taking place that led to the revelation, where and when it all happened; as well as what we can take from each ayah as a personal message is outstanding mashaAllah.

– Student from the US

I love to attend Arabic classes and it feels good now when I read the Quran, I try to make out the meaning. It is because of this that I am able to understand the most important book of my life. Thank you so very much!

– Student from Pakistan

Hadith and Islamic law classes are very beneficial, Alhamdulillah. The teachings helped me to get more sincere towards my way of life. All my classmates and TAs are very helpful, Masha Allah. Arabic classes are my favorite. I am very grateful for this opportunity of acquiring knowledge with Maryam Institute, by our beloved Ustadha!

– Student from Finland

Hadith class is very interesting! Apa does an excellent job of presenting the information in a way such that we can apply the teachings of the ahadith to our daily lives. I also like that we are able to incorporate and apply some of what we learn in Arabic to Hadith class. The pace of both Hadith and Islamic Law classes is great; I have been able to keep up with both without any problems alhumdulillah.

– Student from the US

I am enjoying Arabic classes. Arabic is like math, solving puzzles and putting taleelat and guessing baabs (verb forms), all this is very interesting and I’m enjoying it all alhamdulillah. Our new teachers are also doing their best and mashaAllah every teacher is best in her own way.

– Student from Pakistan

I enjoy Arabic classes a lot, alhamdulillah! You make them sooo easy for us, SubhanAllaah never knew it could be so easy. So comprehensive and just fantastic, I’m smiling the entire time that I’m listening to recordings or in class. Alhamdulillah! Everything is so awesome about Arabic classes. May we all be among the ones to whom Allah swt will say Salaam on the Day of Judgment!

– Student from India

I love Arabic classes- they are certainly my favorite. I’m happy that this year we have vocabulary through Qasas classes. I’m happy because I see my dream being achieved, little by little. Being able to understand the language of Quran.. when I started classes with Maryam Institute, I could just recite the words, now I am able to understand the verses and I’m astonished.

– Student from Romania

Arabic is just wonderful. Feels like I am falling in love with it now, the more you study, the more it opens up to you. It feels like a deep ocean and you just want to sink down in it. It is such a beautiful feeling to know and understand the language of our beloved Prophet (saw), the language that Allah (swt) chose for Himself and the language of Jannah. SubhanAllah! Earlier I was really scared when it came to Arabic, but now Alhamdulillah I just love it! I especially love the way Ustada teaches us, it’s just wonderful. She is so patient with us and spends so much time, just so that we understand the concept, she also gives us practice worksheets which really help in understanding and solidifying the concepts.. And then the review sessions! All in all, I can only say Alhamdulillah!

– Student from the US

Alhamdulillah the emphasis on practical application of what we have learned in the tafsir to our every life in invaluable. The pace is just perfect. The emphasis is not to finish a certain amount in a certain period – but to effect hearts and bring change by Allah swt’s Rehma in the lives of those learning the Blessed words of our Creator. There have been certain ayah’s that have helped me tremendously in my everyday life – coming again and again as a reminder as different situations arise.

– Student from the US

“Alhamdulillah, I don’t think I could properly convey how exactly the Tafsir classes have benefited me exactly but I can definitely say that I’ve learned a lot more. These classes have proved my previously held notion that perhaps I could study myself the Qur’an wrong and I’m extremely grateful for that. I would not possibly have been able to understand even half of what I should by studying alone and I would also have probably developed several misconceptions. It’s very hard to choose a favorite but Hadith classes are definitely one of my favorites. Learning all the in depth contexts of ahadith as well as the several interpretations of the Sahaaba Ikram or qualified scholars is always very, very interesting. I’m perfectly comfortable with the pace and it helps me apply these ahadith to so many things that normally I wouldn’t have realized connect to it.
The Islamic law classes are definitely most practical and applicable, in my opinion. The classes on Fiqh have been very relative to everyday situations and it’s extremely important to be knowledgeable on the mentioned issues. The pace is also extremely comfortable and I’ve been able to practically apply my newly acquired knowledge to a real life situation already. Alhamdulillah.”

– Student from the US

MashAllah Usthada is an excellent teacher, I love her classes, and I love the way Usthada teaches tafseer, she is too good mashAllah. I just love the way Usthada teaches each verse, it just seems perfect, because it is perfect, the word of Allah. I don’t think there’s anything better in the whole world, than the tafseer of the Quran, to know what Allah is saying to us, and the feeling one gets when you study this, it just cannot be described. Alhamdulillah it is a great blessing to get this ilm from our homes, for people like me, (with kids) it IS very challenging with kids, but Alhamdulillah, it gives us something beneficial to do in our spare time.

Student from UK

Generally, I am so grateful that Allah SWT put me in this class. I always feel sakinah during the class and sometimes I get this snap moment when the teacher especially explain how we should behave as the slaves of Allah SWT. This class has totally helped me in making a list of all the things that need to be improved in my character.

– Student from South Korea

I think we are in great need of tafsir classes since most of us are reading the Quran rarely and only in Ramadan we get to finish it. It is definitely a source of great baraka to have the chance to explore the Quran in such great detail from the comfort of our homes. Tafsir classes are helping me in getting familiar with all the subjects that Allah is presenting in His Book and are helping me to understand the hidden lessons behind the stories- in other words, they are helping me in getting to know my Rabb, what He wants from me, what pleases Him, what are the most important things in the eyes of Allah and how could I attain Jannah inshAllah!

– Student from Romania

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