"Learn Arabic, for it is part of your religion."
-Umar ibn al-Khattab

Live classes begin January 14!

How it works

Upon enrollment, you will receive a Zoom link to join your course, and you may view pre-recorded classes from both the current and previous semesters at your convenience.

Our philosophy

It's a marathon, not a sprint! At Safina Society, we believe in slow and steady repetition. Our students work and have families. Hence, we emphasize consistency and review, even if it's only for a short period of time. Our classes are only two hours long once a week and we have a one-hour review session on Sundays. Plus, we record everything in case you miss a class.


Since we have all three levels of classes from beginner to advanced, there is no pre-requisite for the course. You can be an absolute beginner or an advanced learner, we have classes for everyone.

Bond with your teachers

You'll be able to speak with your teacher and share experiences with fellow classmates through a WhatsApp link you will receive upon enrollment.

Can my family watch?

Sure! Your subscription is for your entire household.

What to do between terms?

Most of our students catch up on recordings during semester breaks. Others un-enroll, then re-enroll upon the next term. Un-enrolling is within your power; simply of to your student page and you will see the option.

What's live this term?

Arkview Arabic offers basic, intermediate and advanced level classes. This term we are offering:

Monday 6:00-8:00 pm EST: Beginner Arabic Level I

Tuesday 7:00-9:00 pm EST: Intermediate Arabic Level II

Wednesday 7:00-9:00 pm EST: Advanced Arabic Level III

Review Sessions:

Sunday 9:00 - 10:00 am EST Beginner Arabic Level I Review

Sunday 10:00 - 11:00 am EST Intermediate Arabic Level II Review

Sunday 11:00 - 12:00 pm EST Advanced Arabic Level III Review

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Meet Your Teacher

Mahdi Lock

Sheikh Mahdi Lock is a professional freelance translator of classical Arabic Islamic texts into English. He has a BA in Arabic and History from the University of Leeds, an MA in Arabic Linguistics from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, and a Diploma in Translation from the Chartered Institute of Linguists in London, of which he is also a Member (MCIL). He has been studying theology, law, and other Islamic sciences for several years with teachers in England, North Africa, and the Middle East. 

To date, his translated works include:

Kitāb al-Ḥalāl wa al-Ḥarām by Imam Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī 

Kitāb al-Waqf from al-Mughnī al-Muḥtāj by al-Khaṭīb al-Shirbīnī 

The introduction to al-Majmūʿ by Imam Yaḥyā al-Nawawī

Sharḥ al-Ṣudūr by Imam Jalāl al-Dīn al-Suyūṭī

Almost 2000 pages of the Khawāṭir of Imam Muḥammad Mutawallī ash-Shaʿrawī (http://www.elsharawyreflections.com)

La Dhukūriyyah fī al-Fiqh by Imam Muḥammad at-Tāwīl

Manhaj al-Ḥaḍārah al-Insāniyyah fī al-Qurʾān by Imam Muḥammad Saʿīd Ramaḍān al-Būṭī

For Nawa Books, he has translated the following:

Al-Wāfī: A Thorough Commentary on the Forty Nawawiyyah by Imams Muṣṭafā al-Bughā and Muḥyī ad-Dīn Mistū

Man and Allah’s Justice on Earth, Inward Sin, A Unique Pedagogical Approach in the Qurʾān, To Every Young Woman Who Believes in Allah, Islam and the Problems of the Youth, all of which are part of the Pinnacle Papers series by Imam Muḥammad Saʿīd Ramaḍān al-Būṭī

The first volume of al-Fiqh al-Manhajī ʿalā Madhhab al-Imām ash-Shāfiʿī, by Imams Muṣṭafā al-Bughā, ʿAlī ash-Sharbajī, and Muṣṭafā al-Khin

The Rights of the Husband and Wife by Shaykh ʿAbdul Hādī al-Kharsah

Remembrances & Etiquettes of The Prophet ﷺ

Mahdi has also been teaching English and Arabic for about two decades, from primary school through to the university level. He teaches other sciences privately, mainly fiqh, and regularly does online study circles, such as the Halaqah Book Club. 

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