10 Dec Quality of Recitation
Beloved Quran Hearts,
In memorizing The Qur’an, let us remember to constantly check in on our quality of recitation. This should never be comprised; in fact, it is the foundation on which we must base our memorization journey.
This post is a helpful review / checklist:
8 rules to improve your recitation of Quran
In a commentary in Fadhaailul A’maal, it explains 7 rules to recite the Quran with good and clear pronunciation.
1 Correct recitation of the letters
The letters of the alphabet should be pronounced properly eg not confusing taa with tau or a seen with saud etc
2 Correct places to stop or pause reading.
Making sure you learn the correct places to stop, pause, and join the aayaat, (the equivalent if punctuation in English) so that the meaning of the verses are not changed.
Reading in Arabic without correct punctuation will be like how in English a small child would read
The cat | sat on the mat and the cat | was very | small he likes to drink | milk.
This is very important and often overlooked.
- Correct pronunciation/differentiation of vowel sounds
The correct pronunciation between the vowel sounds,
differentiating where to make a long and short vowel sound with the fatha, kasra, and dhamma,
when there is an extra alif, waaw or yaa etc
- Reading audibly
Raising the voice slightly so that the words of the Quraan uttered by the mouth can reach the ears and thus influence the heart.
5 Reading with emotion
That the reader reads with pathos – and that is in a way that evokes emotion when you hear it,
it affects and influences the heart and it moves and strengthens the soul.
I can definitely say that if you are going to motor through the Quraan, the sound of that recitation is not going to evoke any emotion.
- Making emphasis where needed
Reciting the tashdeed (when there are double letters) and madd (elongation of vowel sounds), reveals the grandeur of the Quraan and adds to its effectiveness.
- Reciting with fear and gratitude
The reader’s heart should respond accordingly to the verses of mercy and punishment of Allah.
So when we hear of Allah’s mercy we should make shukr and ask Allah for that and when we hear of punishment, we should seek Allah’s protection from it.
Adapted from an excerpt from Fadhaail A’maal
By: Zaahida Natasha Nathoo – Joel