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Tajweed of the Holy Quran

Tajweed of the Holy Quran

The Meaning of Tajweed

Tajweed is a familiar term for those who have learned to recite the Quran. The pure meaning of the word is ‘to perfect, to beautify, or to improve’. In Islam, it is a set of rules to help readers recite the Quran in the same way that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) learned from Jibrael.

 

Tajweed of the Holy Quran
Tajweed of the Holy Quran

History 

The idea of studying Tajweed did not exist at the time of revelation as all Arabs spoke in tajweed! The Quran was spread orally at first, but even the early version of the written book looks quite different than the versions today. The extra signs and the dots that are on some letters were not present. As more non-Arabs joined Islam, these signs were slowly added to aid them to recite with Tajweed. They are simply there to help mimic the Messenger’s recitation. Nothing new is added. The growth of Islam allowed for different cultures and languages to mix. Many dialects and languages were born in the process, so even Arabs have to learn Tajweed since it does not come naturally anymore.

 

Tagweed of the Holy Quran
Tagweed of the Holy Quran

Importance and Benefits

Not only does it beautify the recitation, but learning Tajweed will also ensure the message is not distorted by mistake. Reciting without Tajweed could change the meaning of words as there are rules set in place to differentiate similar letters. Even incorrect elongations can alter the meaning. There are many benefits to reading the Quran , but here is a hadeeth specifically illustrating the reward of reciting beautifully narrated by ‘Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her:

“One who recites the Quran beautifully, smoothly, and precisely will be in the company of noble angels. As for the one who recites it with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, (s)he will have twice that reward.” [Al-Bukhari]

One is rewarded even in the beginning process when they are struggling to recite correctly! Learning how to recite beautifully also gives the added benefit of wanting to recite the Quran more frequently as it sounds pleasant to the ears. Most importantly, Allah will take note of the effort and time that his servant put in to recite His words even if they never obtain perfection.

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