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 Introduction to Tajweed

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PostSubject: Introduction to Tajweed   Introduction to Tajweed EmptyWed Mar 03, 2010 1:07 pm


Abu Dharr radiyallahu anhu: narrated, the Messenger of Allah Sallalahu aleihi wa said to me:

"O Abu Dharr! If you learn one verse from The Book of Allah (The Quran), it is better for you than to voluntarily pray one hundred rak'as (units of prayer), and if you learn a category of knowledge (religion), regardless if it is applied or not, it is better for you than to voluntarily pray one thousand rak'as."

(Ibn Majah, Sunan; Ibn Hajar Al-'Asqalani, Mukhtasar At-Targhib wa-t-Tarhib;
Al-Ghazali, Ihya' 'Ulum Ad-Deen)

Tajweed ( ﺗﺠﻮﻳﺪ ) is an Arabic word meaning correct pronunciation during recitation. It is a set of rules which dictate how the Qur'an should be read. It comes from the root word 'ja-wa-da' meaning to make well, make better or improve.


The word is used in Surah Muzammil :

'And recite the Qur'an in slow measured rhythmic tone'

(Al Qur'an ; 73:4)

The Arabic word translated as 'slow, measured rythmic' is TARTEEL. The tafseer of the above ayat according to Ibn Kathir is 'recite the Qur'an slowly, making the letters clear, for this is an assistance in understanding and pondering the meaning of the Qur'an.'
Why the need for tajweed rules?
When Islam was being spread (and it was done so at a very quick pace and also into non-Arab speaking countries) not everyone's tongue was accustomed to the Arabic letters and sounds. Thus, when reciting the Qur'an, much error and distortion occurred and the Muslim scholars feared (the perpetration of) that error and distortion.

It was at this point that some of them recorded the rules and foundations that regulate the correct pronunciation of Qur'an, and they named this the Science of Tajweed.

The rules were not made up by these Scholars. In fact, all they did was closely observe the perfect readers who read as they were taught by the Prophet:saws: and wrote down for later generations the rules of recitation of the earlier generations.

From the outset, Tajweed was a Science that cannot be learnt only from a book and will always retain this inherent quality.

The most important part of Tajweed is learning about correct positions of the organs of speech and the manner of articulation. The Qur'an can lose its meaning if the letters are not pronounced correctly.

ﻛﻠﺐ Dog The first letters are similar in pronunciation, but if not pronounced correctly will change the word/meaning completely
ﻗﻠﺐ Heart

Tajweed is not intended to be about just learning rules and committing them to memory, but rather the correct application of those rules while reciting the Qur'an.

When 'tajweed' is observed, the reading will flow smoothly and eloquently. The reader will also be sure he is following the holy Prophet's Sallalahu aleihi wa example by reciting the Qur'an just as the Prophet Sallalahu aleihi wa did and just as it was revealed to him - InshaAllah. Failure to adhere to those rules may result in an unacceptable manner of reading, altering the entire meaning of the words and making one guilty of the unintentional utterance of the words of disbelief (kufr). Incorrect recital of the Qur'an may deprive the reader of any reward in the Hereafter, and Allah azzawajal Knows Best.

Source: R e a d w i t h t a j w e e d. com
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