السبيل إلى تحصيل المهارة بالقرآن
The Road to Gaining Expertise
in the Recitation of the Qur’an
All praise is due to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the entire universe. And the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muḥammad his family and his companions.
The Prophet will raise a complaint on the Day of Judgement, saying, “O my Lord, indeed my people have abandoned this Quran.” (25: 30) This is a very moving ayah and a very frightening one if we think about it. Because if we reflect on our lives and our actions, we would see that it would apply to practically each and every one of us.
The abandonment of the Qur’an is of different types and levels: the most basic and obvious form of it would be those who totally neglect it and do not recite it all. Another level would be those who do recite it but do so incorrectly, without giving the Qur’an its due right of being recited with proper tajweed. A third level would be those who do recite it with due regard to the application of tajweed, but who have no understanding of the meaning of what they are reciting. A fourth level would be those who recite it with comprehension but who do not reflect on its signs and internalise its message. And yet another level would be those who do recite it while pondering its meanings but who do not live the Qur’an by implement it in their life through abstaining from its prohibitions and adhering to its commands.
Hopefully we all are at least on the level of reciting the Qur’an – at least some of the time, if not regularly – and are not part of the first category described above (may Allah ta’ala save us from them). But unfortunately, it is a reality that many, many people recite the Qur’an but do so while incorrectly pronouncing the letters and making other tajweed mistakes. This may not be their fault, in that they may have been taught incorrectly (which does happen quite often unfortunately) and so they are under the mistaken impression that their recitation and tajweed is fine, whereas in reality it is not. Or it could simply be due to negligence and laziness on their part, either with regard to going and learning the laws of tajweed or with regard to implementing those rules in their recitation. And this is not a trivial matter or something to be taken lightly, because the ruling on reciting the Qur’an with tajweed is that it is fard ‘ain – it is an obligation on each and every individual. And the one who fails to do would therefore be regarded as a sinner… This is how serious it is: instead of gaining reward from his recitation, that recitation could count against a person on the Day of Qiyamah!
It is thus of great importance that each person at least makes some sort of effort to try and learn tajweed and correct his recitation of the Qur’an. The best way of doing so would be to find a competent and qualified teacher of the Qur’an in one’s area and go and learn by him. Sadly some people simply do not find themselves in the situation of being able to do so, as they might not have access to anyone locally who would be able to teach them. Fortunately for such people though, technology and the Internet would provide them with access to classes and lessons that they could attend online. This is not the ideal situation for learning a science such as tajweed, but it is at least better than nothing.
So for those of you who may be interested, you could attend online tajweed classes that I will in-sha Allah be teaching on the WizIQ website. Links to the classes can be found here. The class is open to males and females and focuses more on the theoretical aspect of knowing the rules of tajweed rather than actual recitation (although opportunity could be afforded for that as well, but for males only).
May Allah ta’ala accept it from us make it a means of benefit for the Ummah, and may He grant us all expertise and proficiency in the recitation of His Glorious Book, ameen.