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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Studying Tajweed…An Empowering Process

Alhamdulillah, after 11 years of not attending madressah anymore, it was just over a month ago that I was given the opportunity to study Tajweed. Tajweed, that beautiful subject which teaches us to recite the Qur’an, the word of Allah in the manner it deserves. When listening to the Imams of the Harams of Makkah Mukarramah and Madinah Munawwara one can’t help but get moved by their recitation of the Qur’an and part of this effect it has on us is due to the Tajweed it is being recited with, although there are more factors which contribute to this beautiful recitation.
When learning to read the Qur’an in Madressah we were given basic rules and the focus was on the recitation. Subhanallah, this was a great effort on the part of our Apas but to my own detriment I did not master Tajweed and did not have anyone correcting my Tajweed after leaving madressah. I realised that I could not go on reciting the Qur’an in the manner I did reading page after page without making the effort to recite it properly because each mispronunciation could possibly change the meaning and that is a grave sin which I am committing. It is only through the help of Allah that I have completed the first baby step in my study of Tajweed, that of the pronunciation of the Arabic alphabet. The experience of reading Qur’an has already become one of enrichment as I try and practice applying what I learnt and take cognisance of the Makhraj (source) of the letter as I say it.
There are two types of Faraaidh in the study of Tajweed, that of Fardh-i-een, which is the unconditional obligation upon every Muslim and has to do with learning the basics of Tajweed in order to ensure one’s recitation is correct. The other type of fardh is Fardh-i-Kifayah which is compulsory but can be left under certain circumstances. If one member of the community has this knowledge, the rest of the community is freed from that Obligation only through the mercy of Allah and that has to do with knowing the technical aspects of Tajweed rules.
This is just the beginning of my experience in studying Tajweed and I feel empowered as I read the Glorious Qur’an.