In going over your explanation about the correct timing of the letters i.e. that in order to learn how long a med of 2 counts actually is we should practice saying voweled letters as each voweled letter is equal to 1 count. So is that right then that if we read "ba" that is one count; then if we read "baba" that would equal 2 counts or the length of a basic medd. Insha’ Allah I have understood correctly so far.
I have a question then
about letters with sukoon. Are they all of equal timing? I noticed
that you said recently in one of your answers that a reciter may have been
staying long on a meem that has a sukoon and that the meem has "a middle
of the road length of timing". Could you please explain this?
regards to the timing of the voweled letters you are absolutely correct, masha’
one count and
would be two vowel counts, and that
is the timing for the basic or two count medd. May
Allah increase your knowledge.
with a sukoon are not equal in timing. The
Arabic letters are divided into three groups when considering the timing they
should have when the letters have a sukoon.
The first group has the characteristic of
, which has imprisonment of
the running of the sound. This group of letters then has very little timing on them
when they have a sukoon. The
letters in this group are:
You may note that all of the letters of qalqalah are in this group.
second group has the characteristic of
These letters do not have complete imprisonment of the running of the
sound, nor do they have complete running of the sound, instead they are in
between. The letters in this
the timing on a saakin letter of this group is “middle of the road,”
meaning the sound runs a little bit, but not too long.
third and last group has the characteristic of
, which is running of the
sound of the letter. The letters
of this group are all the remaining letters after the letters
the first group, and the letters
the second group are eliminated. The
saakin letters in the group of
the longest timing of the three groups.
exact timing of these letters when they have a sukoon can only be picked up by
listening to, reciting to, and being corrected by a qualified Qur’an