AMI’s Ms. Nazmina Dhanji recently appeared on Ahlulbayt TV’s ‘Woman’s View: Life Stories’; a programme exploring the lives of four different inspirational Muslim women. Nazmina spoke about her passion for Arabic and her career in Arabic studies from learning to now teaching and heading the Arabic studies department at Al-Mahdi Institute. She also shed light on her cultural background and how living and growing up in different cities has shaped her life and contributed to the person she is today. Her upbringing and the role of her parents were a major part of what she spoke about, relating it to how its like to be a parent herself.
Finally, she also spoke about the power and importance of Du’a (supplication) which was a major part of her life as a child and was always encouraged to pray to Allah regularly regardless of what her situation was. This is a practice she still follows now and encourages her children to do the same.
Nazmina completed her BA in Arabic at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, including modules in Qur’an and Hadith Studies, Islamic Texts, and Persian. After spending a year at Damascus University consolidating her knowledge of the Arabic language, she went on to pursue further Islamic Studies and Farsi at Jami’atuz Zahra in Qum, Iran and lived there for a total of 8 years. She has translated and edited numerous works from Arabic into English and has also worked as an interpreter from Arabic and French into English. Having served on the World Federation of KSIMC’s Islamic Education Board for many years, she edits works for publication on a regular basis, for various organizations. She has also worked on the English subtitling of various Arabic films and documentaries. Being a passionate polyglot and keen to share her enthusiasm for teaching and learning languages, Nazmina has taught classes and developed curricula in French, Farsi and English as a Foreign Language.
Her current areas of interest include Arabic Language and Grammar, Islamic Ethics and Spirituality, Traditional Islamic Medicine and Healing, Tafsir and Education.
To watch the full programme, please click here.