First off, hi and thanks for taking the time to read this :)
My father is Moroccan, but he was deported when I was young. Even before then, he wasn't much of a dad (although I worshipped him when I was young...another story entirely). He taught me no Arabic or French. I was raised by my English-speaking mother. As a teen, I asked my dad via letter if I should start learning Arabic. He told me it was "too hard" and not to "waste my time."
My father is a jerk. He was abusive to my mother physically and has been verbally abusive to me since we restarted a very long distance relationship when I was 16. I have no desire to rekindle our relationship.
However, as a mixed race (dad is Afro-Arab muslim, mom is European non-practicing Jew) woman, I've struggled with feeling a lack of connection to my roots and want to both connect with my heritage and raise DD with the same connection. My husband (ethnically European Jew, American) is decent with Hebrew, thanks to living in Israel in his early adulthood. I would like to eventually teach DD (who is currently 12 weeks old) darija, but as I understand, it's mutually unintelligible with MSA, which is all that is available via local classes. I've found a very few, spare internet resources, but I'm not sure how much I'll be able to glean from them.
Another question: I plan on studying Arabic in school (I'm going back in January), but will trying to learn MSA and darija at the same time make it only harder to learn darija?
Also, if anyone has any Moroccan/darija resources, that'd be great. I'm almost considering rekindling a relationship with my father just to have someone to practice with (even if it's arguing).