For many students of sacred knowledge, the thought of consulting Arabic manuscripts can be daunting, however, as those involved in the field of Islamic Studies will tell you students who aspire to do research will oftentimes find themselves needing to consult these very resources. The question many ask, therefore, is… how can I familiarize myself with these texts, these manuscripts, and how can I develop an ability to read them efficiently? Alhamdulillah, with the grace of Allah ﷻ, I had the opportunity to study for a short period of time with Shaykh Salih al-Azhari where he taught us the fundamentals of dealing with Arabic manuscripts and after many months of gathering his research, adding some personal commentary, and excerpts from other resources, I’ve put together a beginner’s companion to Arabic manuscripts. We will be releasing this for an English readership, but particularly for the benefit of students of knowledge as well as scholars. Jazakum Allahu khayran. Wassalaamu ʿalaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu.