“And recite the Qur’an with measured recitaion.”
What is Tajweed?
The word “Tajweed” means to improve, make better.
Tajweed of the Holy Quran is the knowledge and application of the rules of recitation so the reading of the Quran is as the Prophet Mohammed peace and blessings be upon Him, recited.
The view of the scholars of Tajweed and the majority of Fiqh scholars is that it is obligatory to learn Tajweed and to apply Tajweed rules while reciting Qur’an (especially to avoid clear mistakes, which usually change obvious things and change the meaning of the verses).
Imam Muhammad Ibn Al-Jazari (may Allah have mercy upon him), who was a great Quran and Hadeeth scholar, said: “And applying Tajweed is an issue of absolute necessity, Whoever doesn’t apply Tajweed to the Quran, then a sinner is he.”See Full Fatwa – islamweb.net
Basic Tajweed Rules Overview | By Ahmed Tahboub
Tajweed Principles & Rules
This site explains some of the principles of tajweed and focuses on the problems that non-Arabs have in reciting the Qur’an properly.
Tajweed tidbit (titbit) lessons will be given in different aspects of Tajweed, and questions submitted will be reviewed, answered and posted.
These podcasts are designed specifically for English speakers who want to learn Tajweed.
It will also assist those who do not have the chance to meet a sheikh or Qari in their local area, by assisting them to seek this sacred knowledge of Quran and tajweed.
Given that there are so many Muslims in the English speaking world, this is a useful resource to bring this sacred knowledge to those who cannot find access to sheikhs.
The podcasts are a series of short, engaging lectures, going through the rules of Arabic alphabet, makharij (articulation points), sifaat (qualities of letters), waqf (rule stopping and pausing), rasm (Orthography relating to recitation of certain words).
There will also be some elaboration on the meaning of tajweed, the history of it (including the biography of Imam Hafs and Asim) and finally, a brief summary on the work of Imam Al-Jazari and Imam Al-Shatibi (may Allah have mercy on him).
This interesting historical background provides English speakers with some context of the great Islamic scholarship that is the basis of how and why we study tajweed today.
May Allah make us among those who recite His book with its true recital.