Importance of tajweed: Literacy Development is the process of learning words, sounds, and language. Children are taught these skills to learn how to read confidently. In the beginning, children just read just for the sake of reading, but once they become skilled in word recognition and pronunciation they next focus more on reading for meaning.
Children try to find out the meaning of every difficult word they come across. This interest is spiked because they have mastered recognizing letters and the way they should be pronounced.
The same is the case when it comes to Quran, in order to increase our love for the book of Allah SWT, we need to learn how to read it properly. The Holy Quran is more than just a book, it is a set of rules and regulations about all aspects of life.
What Is The Meaning Of Tajweed?
Tajweed (تَجْوِيدْ) is a term commonly used when it comes to the recitation of the Quran. It linguistically means ‘proficiency’ or ‘doing something well’.
Tajweed is a set of rules used to read the Quran properly, giving each letter its due right. Recitation of the Quran without Tajweed is like speaking in English without any sense of grammar. Quran is the word of Allah SWT and every syllable is from Allah, its recitation must be taken very seriously.
Let’s look a little into the history of Tajweed, this had no existence when the revelation of the Quran started as Arabic was the mother tongue and Tajweed came to the Arabs naturally. With the passage of time, more Non-Arabs joined Islam who weren’t able to recite properly like the Messenger of Allah did, the extra signs were slowly added to help them read. Nothing new was added in case anyone has started wondering.
The growth of Islam allowed for many languages and dialects to mix, hence the need for a set of Tajweed rules was highlighted.
In the third century of Hijrah, the first person to put Tajweed rules in the form of a book was Imam Abu Ubaid Al Qasim. The book was called Kitab Al Qirat.
What are the Benefits Of Learning Tajweed
Tajweed is a science that has deep roots and originated from the oral recitation of the Quran by Jibreel A.S to Prophet Muhammad. Whether Tajweed is obligatory or not is a very commonly asked question, as Muslims it is our duty to give Quran the right that it deserves by reading it correctly and delving into its meaning. This can be only possible when our recitation is not a source of our demotivation and when we don’t have to think twice before sitting down with the Mushaf.
Tajweed preserves the meaning of ayahs which can be changed unintentionally. The meaning of a word in the Quran can change completely if you dropped a letter or pronounced it wrong as there are rules set in place to differentiate similar-sounding letters.
Here is an example of what happens when we mispronounce a word or letter:
Many scholars have highlighted the importance of Tajweed:
Reading or learning the Quran with Tajweed has many benefits in this world and the Hereafter.
1 – Be in the company of noble obedient angels
2 – Double reward for the person who finds difficulty in reading
3 – Learning and teaching Quran puts us at a higher rank above others
4 – Ten good deeds for each letter
5 – Quran intercedes for us on the Day of Judgement
6 – When parents have mastered the skill of Tajweed, they can teach their kids as well
Raising children as good Muslims is something every one of us aims for and having the knowledge of Quran is a prerequisite for that. When you have mastered tajweed, you will be able to teach Quran to your kids in a much better way.
What are the Types Of Tajweed?
There is only one type of Tajweed but it includes more than 70 rules. Scholars have divided them into the following basic Tajweed rules:
- Makharij ( Articulation Point)
- Sifaat ( Characteristic Of Letters)
- Madd (Elongation)
- Noon (Rules of letter ن)
- Meem (Rules of letter م)
- Waqf (rules of stopping)
What is the Difference Between Qiraat And Tajweed?
This is a very common mistake people make confusing both, Qiraat is how the Holy Quran is recited and Tajweed are the set of rules needed to be learned to make Qiraat beautiful. There are many countries that are a part of the Arab world, hence the different dialects of Arabic. That is why there are SEVEN types of Qiraat. All seven modes of recitation are based on one tongue that is Arabic.
Tips on How To Learn Tajweed
Learning Tajweed can be a difficult task, especially who don’t have Arabic as their first language. Here are a few tips that can help you along your journey:
- Make an intention to learn Tajweed, in Islam Niyyah is key for every worship. In order for our deeds to be accepted they must be done with the purest of intentions only for the sake of Allah SWT.
- Find a professional Quran teacher. Institutions have been serving the Muslim Ummah for a long time and now online options are available, to learn from the comfort of your home. Here is a LIST of institutions that can help you.
- Be consistent, and don’t be in a hurry while learning. When being assisted by a teacher he/she will start at the beginning and take you through step by step.
- Make a habit of listening to the Quran with Tajweed, the listening to Quran is an act of Sunnah itself.
- Practice makes perfect. Nothing happens overnight. Persistence is the key.
- Understand the verses as you go along.
- Teach what you learn, even if you are still in the learning phase. It will help you learn better and faster. Increases your motivation and confidence.
- Try to get an Ijazah in Tajweed, Ijazah in Tajweed means that you are certified and have learned and mastered the Quran recitation with Tajweed. Now he/she can teach or recite the Quran with Tajweed.
If you’re willing to learn the Quran by heart, here are Tips to Memorize the Quran Easily (Tested).
Words Of Wisdom
The best knowledge is that which benefits, and Allah only causes knowledge to benefit a person when he acts upon it once having learnt it and He does not cause it to benefit the person that leaves it after having learnt it. Ash-Shaikh al-‘Allammah Saalih bin Fawzan Al Fawzan حفظه الله said:
Knowledge without action is like a tree without fruit.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to learn Quran with Tajweed?
There is no fixed time frame. It depends upon each individual’s ability and how much time they can give to it. It can vary from a few months up to two years.
Why is Tajweed important?
The correct pronunciation of the Quran will reach the hearts of those who read and listen to it.