Mastering Tajweed and being able to read the Quran Correctly is the dream of many of us, and it seems to me, dear reader, that it is your dream too, otherwise, why are you here reading my words now?!
This dream may seem difficult and stressful to you, but remember that religion is ease and not hardship.
I am here now to help you achieve this dream simply and with much less effort, in order to learn the Quran to perfection, you need to go through a journey consisting of 9 stations!
Let’s delve into it…
Here are the eight steps we go through to learn the Quran:
Tip 1: Learn Arabic Reading:
The Noble Quran was revealed to our Prophet Muhammad in Arabic, and God said:
“إِنَّا أَنْزَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا عَرَبِيًّا لَعَلَّكُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ“
“We have sent it down to you as an Arabic Quran so that you may understand.” Quran 12:2
So, it is obvious that in order for us to read the Noble Quran properly, we must learn Arabic in which it was written.
Tip 2: Learn Tajweed Rules
The rules of Tajweed come in second place after learning Arabic Reading because correct reading requires knowledge of the language and the rules of Tajweed that help you pronounce the language you have learned and determine for you where to stop and where to complete, so Tajweed puts meaning to the sentence.
There is a difference between Arabic Reading and Tajweed rules
The Arabic Reading rules are applied in general when using the language, but the rules of Tajweed are applied only in reading the Quran.
Among the most important of these rules are:
Stopping and Starting Rules
They are the provisions that relate to how to stop and start reciting the Holy Quran, explain what intersects with it, and indicate what must be observed in terms of stopping and starting.
Tajweed Made Easy – Waqf – Rules of Stopping – YouTube
The Rules of Noon Sakina and Tanween
The Noon Sakina is the nun that is free of the three movements
It has four rulings and tanween is attached to it
Its rulings are:
1. Idhar (Clarifying): It means uttering the sakinah nun and tanween while clarifying them.
Its letters are “ء–ه– ع– ح– غ – خ”.
2. Idgham (Diphthong): is to pronounce the two letters as the second stressed
And its letters are ” ي – ر– م – ل – و– ن“.
3. Iqlab (Inversion): is to place a letter in place of another letter
And its letter is “ب” only.
4. Hiding (Concealment): It is the pronunciation of the nun Sakinah or tanween and the letter that follows them in a state between Idgham (Diphthong) and Idhar (Clarifying).
And its letters: “ت، ث، ج، د، ذ، ز، س، ش، ص، ض، ط، ظ، ف، ق، ك”
Tip 3: Learn Quranic Arabic
Learning Arabic is not very difficult, although its difficulty depends on how far you want to reach your level?
The Arabic language is divided into Classical Arabic and Modern Arabic
The Quran was written in the classical Arabic language, which is the most difficult, as it is more sober in style and difficult in terminology, so that most Arabs cannot speak it.
Therefore, learning fluent Quranic Arabic cannot be said to be easy, but with some effort, you can achieve it!
Tip 4: Practice Every Day
As we mentioned before, practice is the most important part in learning, and it is a tool that saves time to a very large extent.
Therefore, if you want to master Quran reading, you must adhere to daily practice.
You may make a mistake the first and second time, but you will definitely do it perfectly in the third.
Tip 5: Choose a Qualified Quran Teacher to Follow Up with Them.
Well, we are now at a very important step.
So, before we talk about the teacher who will guide you through your learning Quran journey, we must talk about the type of learning that you will receive. Will you learn Quran online or offline?
The origin for learning the Holy Quran is face-to-face learning, but many of us may face problems that hinder learning according to this type, such as the lack of sheikhs close to your place or the lack of time.
In these cases, online learning comes as an ideal alternative to face-to-face learning but in case the teacher is a Qualified Online Quran Teacher.
Now, with the advancement of technology and the spread of this type of learning, there are many sites where you can learn the Quran online through, so, there’re some features you’ve to consider.
Tip 6: Choose a pious friend to start the journey with
Always know that the path shared by two people is easier and faster, so what about the path for the sake of God!
And the evidence for that is that our Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, when he were about to emigrate, he sought the help of his friend Abu Bakr to be a partner for him and make it easier.
And our master Mosa, when God sent him to Pharaoh, asked God to send his brother Haron with him to support him and gain strength from his exist.
Sharing awakens enthusiasm, facilitates difficulties, and encourages you!
Now, go and encourage your friend to participate and start together, and I swear this will make a big difference in the time and effort for both of you.
Tip 7: Listen Every day
Learning the Holy Quran is very similar to learning languages.
There are many illiterate people, listening was their only mean of memorizing the Holy Quran through recitation.
The rules of Tajweed, the method of reading and memorization can also be developed and theoretical explanation supported by adequate listening to a sheikh you love.
So you should set a specific time to listen daily and you will notice the difference!
In order for listening to be beneficial, you must certainly choose who you listen to. There are important qualities that must be available in the sheikh who listens to you as follows…
Tip 8: Patience and Commitment
You must keep in mind that learning anything new, no matter how easy it is, requires time in order to be able to master it, and the length of time does not mean that you are falling short or not being complacent, but rather this is normal!
Therefore, you must do what is required of you, do not fall short, and adhere to patience and deliberation.
God created the universe in six days, despite his ability to create it in the blink of an eye, in order to teach us patience and that everything has to take its time.
Tip 9: Seeking Support of Your Creator
Learning the Quran is an important step and a difficult task that requires work and striving. Above all, you need God’s grace and assistance. Therefore, be sure to seek support from God and turn to Him, for He is able to facilitate your affairs and is always beside you.
God Almighty said:
“وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ“
“And when My servants ask you about Me, I am near. I answer the call of the supplicant when he calls upon him, so let them respond to Me and believe in Me, so that they may be guided.” (Quran 2:186)
So ask God for help so that you can complete this great task.
At the end of this article, let me give you important advice, which is to try to learn the Quran face-to-face because it is the best and most effective method, but if you cannot do that, then you must choose a suitable online Quran academy that does not differ greatly from face-to-face learning in its style.
What are the specifications that must be available in the Quran reciter that we listen to?
1. Preservation quality
This makes a difference because the reciter who has memorized the Quran is more stable and useful to the listener than the reciter who has not memorized the Quran
2. Good sound
It is an important characteristic because it is a means that attracts attention and attaches the mind and heart towards speech, and thus this increases your focus with it.
3. Full knowledge and application of the rules of Tajweed
Since you will rely on this reader to review what you obtained theoretically, so you must choose a sober reader who is able to pronounce correctly and is committed to all the rules of Tajweed.
4. The ability to recite the Quran
This is an important skill because there are some sheikhs who have memorized the Quran and are familiar with the rules of Tajweed, but they do not have charisma in performance, and therefore no one pays attention to them.
There are many websites and applications that help you in this regard, such as the Mushaf website, which you can access from here!
There also many applications which you can download and listen for perfect Quran reciters from like:
5. Memorizer of the Two Revelations of the Noble Quran:
This application allows you to hear the verse first, then read it with your voice and record it.
Then he hides that verse for you until you are sure of your memorization, then you compare it with the correct one to know whether your listening to the verse was correct or wrong.
6. Holy Quran Memorization Application – Tahfiz:
It provides you with listening to the verses with a voice of your choosing among a group of the most famous reciters of the Noble Quran
How can you learn Arabic?
There are 3-main steps to learn Arabic:
1. Focus on the most frequently used vocabulary
If you want to learn the Arabic language to understand the Quran, it is preferable that you start by learning the words used in it more, so start with the words used in it.
If you start learning the language in general, you will enter into a spiral that will not end, so it is better for you to gain your time and learn frequently used words, and then if you want to learn other general vocabulary!
2. Understand grammar and sentences
When it comes to the Quran, the grammar becomes an issue that cannot be skipped, as all the grammatical rules in the Arabic language were derived mainly from the Holy Quran.
These rules may seem complicated and difficult to you at first, but when you delve into them and understand them, you will find that they are very interconnected and smooth.
3. Practice what you learned first
One hour of practice is enough for you to learn for months, practice is the most important element in learning any language.
So try to practice as much as possible.
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