General Questions
Quran & Arabic
Islamic Practices
Technical Issues
Payment Related
  • Where are you located?

    Nour Academy is an online academy, anyone can access it using a computer and an internet connection from anywhere in the world. Our main office is in Egypt; however, we currently only provide classes online.

  • What makes your tutors/ instructors qualified?

    Our instructors are knowledgeable about the topics that they are teaching and were trained by us be able to teach and interact with Muslims from various backgrounds and cultures.

  • How do you ensure quality education in the classroom?

    Classes are monitored on a regular basis by the quality assurance team to make sure that every class is delivered with the highest level of performance, and to monitor student progress and to supervise examinations.

  • Are the Quran Courses for Free?

    The Quran division of Nour Academy is totally non-profit... Interested students were able to learn Quran online for free for a limited time period as the organization was in its initial stages of growth. Alhamdu lillah, though, now the organization has grown and the numbers of students have increased substantially. Therefore we have applied a small monthly fee in order to be able to sustain the service through recruiting teachers and payment of internet charges to handle the growing number of students. All the proceeds going into Quran education will either cover the basic costs for the sessions or be recycled in the form of scholarships, discounts for less wealthy Muslims, and other forms of promotion for Quran worldwide.

  • Do you provide 1 - 1 lessons or group class sessions?

    All our Quran Courses are one-on-one (Except for Basic Arabic Reading for Quraan which may include group sessions). For Arabic Courses both options will be available.

  • Are the genders mixed in classes?

    In all one-on-one sessions the teachers and the students are all the same gender. In group classes (for Arabic classes only) all the students will be of the same gender; however there may be a male teacher for a female only class but not vice versa.

  • What is the language used in the classroom in Quran and Arabic? What if I don't understand the classroom language?

    The main language used in the classroom is Arabic except in very limited situations. The courses are designed and the teachers are trained to be able to deal with all situations in Arabic and very limited usage of English. This does not apply to the “Theoretical Tajweed” course though which is provided in English.

  • Do you teach the meanings of words of the Quran?

    We are currently not providing this in the classroom but we are looking forward in the future to adding new courses that will probably include basic tafsir.

  • Does everyone start at the same level?

    All new students are required to take a placement statement before starting a Quran or Arabic course. The test determines the level at which a student will commence education.

  • What is the classroom teaching methodology for Quran and Arabic?

    For Quraan:

    - Basic Arabic Reading: We teach basic Arabic reading through the Nourani Qaaida where the teacher shows the student how to recognize and pronounce the Arabic Alphabet.

    - Quraan Tilawa: The instructor directs the student to read a given part of the Quraan and corrects the student’s mistakes

    - Quraan Memorization: the instructor teaches the student to read a number of Quraanic verses. The student is then left to memorize these verses and recite them during a following session.

    - Both recitation and reading begin with the final Surahs of the Quraan end and at the beginning.

     

    For Arabic:

    We apply the natural method for learning languages at Nour Academy The methodology used in the classroom is to teach Arabic and Quraan through practice rather than through theory (as is the best practice for applied learning as language and Quraan).  The only language allowed in the classroom is the Arabic Language and the instructor participates only 30% of the time to present the lesson material while the students are required to participate through practicing and performance. The main skills taught in the classroom are listening, speaking, and reading with a lesser focus on writing.

  • Do you offer tuition for children?

    Yes, children can also enjoy the online experience, attending 1-to-1 classes designed for children. Your Children will find this online Learning experience really fun and comfortable.

  • Is there a trial that I can attend?

    We currently provide trial sessions for Quran classes only if requested by the student.

  • Do I get a certificate for Quran courses?

    We provide certificate (not Ijaza) if requested by the student at certain milestone, for the Quran recitation course.

  • Do you provide students with an Ijaza?

    No.

  • Who are the teachers?

    The teachers are all Native Speaking Egyptians that are trained on the Nour Academy Methodology for instruction.

  • Do you provide any materials with your Quran courses?

    Our students will be given some links to useful books and audios. Besides, children will get student workbooks and worksheets developed for Tajweed lessons and will have access to online games and audios which are related to our lessons.

  • When will the Arabic offerings be available?

    We are currently still structuring our Arabic course offerings. If you are interested in attending one of these courses please send us an email indicating so at register@nouracademy.com.

  • How long will it take me to memorize the whole Quran If I follow your program?

    Assuming that you have no previous knowledge of Arabic or Quraan, the time it would take to memorize the whole Quraan would be between 3-5 years depending on the level of commitment and dedication given to your studies. Students who have previous knowledge of Arabic or have memorized some Quraan will probably be able to complete memorization of the Quraan earlier than that.

  • What times are the Quran courses available?

    It is Nour Academy's mission to target non Arabic speaking Muslims worldwide; this is why we try to keep as flexible a time schedule as possible to accommodate for the time zone differences between countries.

  • Does Islam forbid charging money from teaching Quran and Islam?

    Nour academy is a non-profit organization, the charged enrollment fees for our courses cover the cost of providing the course like establishing the curriculum, finding and training qualified teachers to teach it, and paying employee salaries. There is a difference in opinion among scholars as to the validity of accepting compensation for teaching Quraan; however we believe that in our times where there is a great need among Muslims to learn how to read the Quraan and not sufficient supply for Quraan teachers who are able to volunteer for free to meet this demand, that the opinion which allows for compensation is more practical and in line with the goals of Islam.

  • When will the Arabic offerings be available?

    We are currently still structuring our Arabic course offerings. If you are interested in attending one of these courses please send us an email indicating so at register@nouracademy.com.

  • I don’t know how to read Arabic, can I attend the Quran practical tajweed course?

    Since it is important to know Arabic letters and pronunciation before starting a practical Quran course, you can take our Al Nourania Qaeda course which covers these pre-requisites in detail, and puts you on solid ground to start learning how to read Quran.

  • What is the schedule for the Quran program?

    Each student will attend around 30 minutes session. The number of sessions should depend on his request. The Quran instructor will cover past material and homework and present new material.

  • Is online Quran teaching effective?

    In our experience, we found that 1 to 1 online Quran teaching is effective and engaging.

  • What do I need to get started with the Quran Courses?

        - A personal computer

        - A Skype account

        - An internet connection

        - A headset with microphone and speakers

        - A webcam (optional)

  • What will happen if I miss a class?

    For Arabic: All group sessions in Arabic will be recorded and uploaded to your user account so that you may be able to access them any time for reference or watch them for the first time if you were unable to attend a specific session.

     

    For Quraan: Since all Quraan sessions are one-on-one there is no option for recording a missed session. That lesson will either be rescheduled or covered in the subsequent class. Please review our student policy for details

  • Which Islamic approach do you follow?

    Nour Academy follows the Qur'an and authentic Sunnah according to the understanding of the first three generations of Muslim scholars. It recognizes and holds in high regard the contributions of the great Imams to the development of Fiqh and benefits from all of them. The math'hab of these great imams, as is known to all, was that of Rasoolullaah (ﷺ).

  • Are the genders mixed in classes of Islamic Practices?

    Yes they are mixed in all Islamic Practices courses except for the Menstruation Courses.

  • Why are there fees for the courses?

    Nour academy courses is a non-profit organization, there are enrolment fees for our courses to cover the cost of providing the course like establishing the curriculum, finding and training qualified teachers to teach it and cost software programs used to create the curriculum and virtual classrooms.

  • Are your courses recorded?

    Some of our courses are currently recorded and we hope that we will be able to record all courses in the future so that students can review past sessions. We may also introduce e-learning courses in the future that would not require a teacher for the student to attend.

  • Do you provide 1 - 1 lessons or group class sessions?

    Islamic Practices are taught in a group with a teacher (Blended Sessions). One on one sessions are specially requested and could be offered with some arrangements.

  • Which Islamic madhab do you follow?

    Nour Academy follows the Qur'an and authentic Sunnah according to the understanding of the first three generations of Muslim scholars. It recognizes and holds in high regard the contributions of the great Imams to the development of Fiqh and benefits from all of them. The madhab of these great imams, as is known to all, was that of Rasoolullaah (ﷺ)

  • What guarantee do you provide that the courses presented are correct?

    We use advanced educational methodologies in creating our courses which are then reviewed by subject matter experts. We also receive continuous feedback from our teachers, students, and curriculum developers.

  • What makes Nour Academy different from other institutions providing the same courses?

    Nour Academy is a non-profit organization that help Muslims expand their knowledge about Islam and Sunnah for their personal enrichment and to expand their horizons. We distinguish ourselves by creating our courses that cater to the current needs of many Muslims in non-Arabic speaking countries.

    We use advanced educational methodologies in creating our courses, which are then reviewed by subject matter experts. We employ blended learning in our courses which is a mix of interactivity and engagement of E-learning and live sessions with instructors.

     

    In addition, since we are based in Egypt, we have access to a wide range of qualified teachers of Quran and the Arabic language, which allows us to keep providing qualified resources for an ever growing student base.

  • If my spouse and I register for the same course (or will be using the same computer) do we pay as one or two students?

    As a non-profit organization that doesn’t aim to make profit and aims to encourage Muslims to seek knowledge about Islam, we charge spouses as one student as long they are attending from one account. This does not apply for practical Quran.

  • Are the genders mixed in classes of Islamic Practices?

    Yes they are mixed in all Islamic Practices courses except for the Menstruation Courses.

  • Why are there fees for the courses?

    Nour academy courses is a non-profit organization, there are enrolment fees for our courses to cover the cost of providing the course like establishing the curriculum, finding and training qualified teachers to teach it and cost software programs used to create the curriculum and virtual classrooms.

  • Are your courses recorded?

    Some of our courses are currently recorded and we hope that we will be able to record all courses in the future so that students can review past sessions. We may also introduce e-learning courses in the future that would not require a teacher for the student to attend.

  • What languages are your courses provided in?

    All courses are taught in English and may be introduced in other language in the future.

  • What age should I be in order to enroll in Nour Academy Islamic Practices courses?

    Nour Academy provides classes for adults and children. Our adult classes are suitable for individuals that are 16+ years old while our children classes are suitable for children between the age of 7 and 12 years old. Please ask about a specific course’s suitable age before enrolling.

  • Are your courses recorded?

    Some of our courses are currently recorded and we hope that we will be able to record all courses in the future so that students can review past sessions.

  • Are there certain technical requirements for attending the course?

    All you need is a good internet connection, a pc and a headphone.

  • What is the program or the software that you use to connect with your students?

    We use Adobe connect to create a virtual classroom and Skype for Quran sessions.

  • Why are there fees for your courses?

    Nour academy courses is a non-profit organization, there are enrollment fees for our courses to cover the cost of providing the course like establishing the curriculum, finding and training qualified teachers to teach it and cost software programs used to create the curriculum and virtual classrooms

  • I can’t afford to take your courses even though I wish to enrol, are there any discounts or can I enroll for free?

    Our main aim as a non-profit organization is to help Muslims around the world to gain knowledge about Islam practices accordingly we only have a few vacancies in our classes that we provide discounted or for free for people who are really in need and can’t afford to pay for the classes. Please send a request to register@nouracademy.com and ask them for discounted/free session availability.

  • Can I make a donation to Nour Academy?

    Nour Academy is a non-profit organization and as such donations are very welcome since they help us develop our courses and our services. You can make donations to the PayPal account at the email payments@nouracademy.com

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