Why You Should Learn The Holy Qur’an with Tajweed

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The journey of  Holy Quran begins with knowing the right way to pronounce the Arabic alphabets and words called Tajweed. You will notice that all the notable Qur’an reciters in the world recite in a single

right way, just as the

Qur’an was revealed to the prophet (SAW) from Allah (SWT).

You may be thinking about the possibility of how people in this decade can recite in the same manner just like the

prophet (SAW) did, one thousand four hundred years ago. The reason is not far fetched because the style in which

the Qur’an is read is already laid down and noted in many books.

The right way to recite the Qur’an is only possible by using Tajweed. Tajweed helps you give each alphabet its rights

in terms of Makhraj (vocal) and Sifat (attributes). What many people who claim to memorize the Qur’an on their

own don’t know is that there is a unique way to pronounce each alphabet, and if you don’t learn Tajweed, you will

not be able to give each alphabet it rulings. Without Tajweed, how will you know where to do idhaar and idgham or

which alphabet will be immersed in ikhlaab? All these rulings are known with Tajweed, and thus you should start

learning the Tajweed now.

Among Tajweed’s book for beginners is Tuhfatul Atfaal by Shaykh Sulayman Al-jamzuury (may Allah be pleased

with him). You should start with this book, and after you finish learning this short poem, you should then proceed

to the poem written by Imaam Al-jazary (may Allah be pleased with him). These books are a great book for you to

learn how to recite the Qur’an effectively with the right rulings.  These books are written in the form of poems, and

they are easy to memorize.

Once you start learning the Tajweed, you should now begin memorization with only one riwaayat. You should note

that riwaayat means the different ways of reciting the Holy Qur’an, and we have twenty different ways of reciting the


Among the riwaayat are those of Hafs, Qoloon, warsh, shu’baa, to mention a few. Although the commonest among

them all is the riwaayat of Hafs, it is used in many Islamic countries.

To make your journey easier when you want to learn the Hafs way of recitation

here’s a brief background of Hafs. In this background, you will also see how this recitation links to the prophet


Imam Hafs is from Kufa, and his biography is that he is the son of Sulaiman, who is also a son to Mughirah. Hafs

learned from A’sim, who is also from kufa. Hafs teacher is a Tabi’ee, and he learned the Quran from Abu Abd

Rahman As-Sulamy. Abu Abd Rahman learned from four companions of the prophet (SAW). These companions are

Uthmaan bn A’afan, Ali bn Abi Taalib, Zayd bn Thaabit and Ubayy bn Kaab, who also learned from the prophet


From the above background, you can see how the riwaayat of Hafs link to the prophet(SAW) himself. Learning this

riwaayat will give you the assurance that you are learning what comes from the prophet directly and not what any

other person says.

However, if you want to learn this riwaayat correctly

you have to know Tajweed deeply because each riwaayat has its own recitation way. For example, in Surat ul Fatiha

the recitation of Hafs count BismiLlahi Ar Rahmani Ar Raheem as the first verse while some other riwaayat didn’t.


You have to learn the Tajweed to know the particular recitation you are reciting. Thus, you should learn the Quran

with a particular Riwaayat so that you don’t mistake one for the others.

As said by Imaam Al jamzuriy in his poem, ” It is compulsory for a person who wants honor to know the alphabets

of Ikhfaa.” If you want to be among the honorary, then it’s high time that you learn the Tajweed and one particular

riwaayat. I ask Allah to increase every one of us in knowledge.


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