Tajwīd: The Sweet Science of Articulation

Tajwīd: The Sweet Science of Articulation

“Indeed every letter has a right and is deserving”

The word Tajweed linguistically means ‘proficiency’ or ‘doing something well’. When applied to the Qur’an, it means giving every letter of the Qur’an its rights and dues of characteristics when we recite the Qur’an and observing the rules that apply to those letters in different situations. We give the letters their rights by observing the essential characteristics of each letter that never leave it. And we give them their dues by observing the characteristics of each letter that are present in them some of the time and not present at other times.

The Qur’an was revealed with Tajweed rules applied to it. In other words, when the angel Jibrael ((AS)) recited the words of Allah to the Prophet Muhammad (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) he recited them in a certain way and he showed the Prophet Muhammad (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) the ways in which it was permissible to recite the Qur’an. So it is upon us to observe those rules so that we recite it in the way it was revealed.

Tajwīd: The Sweet Science of Articulation

“Indeed every letter has a right and is deserving”

The word Tajweed linguistically means ‘proficiency’ or ‘doing something well’. When applied to the Qur’an, it means giving every letter of the Qur’an its rights and dues of characteristics when we recite the Qur’an and observing the rules that apply to those letters in different situations. We give the letters their rights by observing the essential characteristics of each letter that never leave it. And we give them their dues by observing the characteristics of each letter that are present in them some of the time and not present at other times.

The Qur’an was revealed with Tajweed rules applied to it. In other words, when the angel Jibrael ((AS)) recited the words of Allah to the Prophet Muhammad (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) he recited them in a certain way and he showed the Prophet Muhammad (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) the ways in which it was permissible to recite the Qur’an. So it is upon us to observe those rules so that we recite it in the way it was revealed.

This course is for brothers and sisters and will start two weeks after Eid at our institute in Whitechapel, London. The course will comprise of thirty weeks of explanation of the Qa’idah i.e the foundational rules for reciting the Quran correctly. Sisters will have Ustadha Nasima marking the weekly voice recorded homework assignments.

Moinul Abu Hamza studied for several years privately with a Qira’ah instructor from Al-Azhar, he then attained his shahadah accreditation and earned a grade of distinction in Hifdh (memorisation), Tajwid al-Nadhari (theoretical tajwid), Tajwid al-Amali (application of tajwid) in the Islamic Institute of Shaykh Al-Masarawi in Cairo.

Q: I just wanted to know more about the tajweed course after Ramadan.

A: The course will start approx two weeks after Eid depending on how long it takes to register everyone.

Q: What is the structure and what days does it run?

A: There will be 30 lessons explaining the basics to the more advanced rules. Between these lessons, students get to record their own recitation and receive a personalised response with all minor and major mistakes pointed out. This has many advantages:

1) Students can have many attempts to record their recitation until they send their best submission that best represent their ability.

2) Consequently, the corrections are now with the student beyond the course. This is because students who refine their recitation in a course or with a sheikh, often over time decline in their recitation due to lack of practice and are then unable to recognise where they have declined in their reading ability. Recording provide a route back without having to repeat the course.

3) Sisters will send audios to Ustadh Nasima Umm Hamza (Ustadh Abu Hamza’s wife) who is equally as qualified to mark audio submissions. This is like having two teachers for the price of one and allows sisters to feel comfortable to send their work to a solely sisters group.

Q: How many people in one class?

A: Between 10-25, but this is for the explaining the theory, students will not be required to recite in class unless they would like to, otherwise Ustadh Moinul will explain the rules and where the common mistakes lie.

Q: If I was to book with my wife, how would the structure be?

A: This question has been answered above, but sufficed to say there is a couples discount of 50% for one’s spouse.

Fees

The fee is £300 for 30 Weeks spanning over eight months. The fees include all course materials and handouts.

Discounts

Discount available for couple, groups of friends and when connecting to the Arabic Renaissance Course or Tafsir.

Please email your full name, contact number referencing “Tajweed SSA”.

info@thequraninitiative.com

Certification of Attendance

The first level of certification is ‘Shahadah Al-Hudoor’ which is awarded to those who maintained regular attendance and homework submissions and gave the their full effort.

Certification of Examination

The second level is ‘Shahadah Al-Ijtiyaaz’ which is through attaining above a pass mark in the final exam for the foundation level. All exams will be co-ordinated, invigilated and marked by the teachers and course co-ordinators of our Arabic department. The entering of examination is optional.