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AS-salaamu-alikum warahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

By the grace of Allah SWT I’ve learned the Quran recitation from a mashaf from the Indian subcontinent, and memorized it in the same. Alhamdulillah I can recite in both. But what should one give more preference to and why? I was told if Arabic is poor of the reciter who is an ajmi (non Arab) he should recite from the mashaf from the Indian subcontinent as the waqf signs are in place which may help in stopping at the right places. I also run Quran classes and as norm here in most towns/cities where there are more ajmi’s, Quran is taught using the mashaf from the Indian continent. But I’m confused to what I should promote. I would appreciate your consultation in this matter.


Once again Jazakallah for you khidmah to us.


Please make duaa for me my family and my students and ummah at large.


Was-salaamu-alaikum warahmatullah.



Wa alaikum assalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

On the whole, all musaahif have waqf signs in them.  The stop signs of course, are scholarly ijtihaad and you will find some differences in stop signs from mushaf to mushaf.  The present day scholars of the Qur’an tend to agree that the most accurate waqf signs are found in the Medinah Complex printing of the Qur’an. 

These days, the general population of Arabs and non-Arabs alike need to rely on stop signs for stopping and starting because incorrect stops and starts can significantly change the meaning of what is being read and there is a lack of proper knowledge of this in the general population of Muslims.

If you have available the Medinah Complex copy of the Qur’an, we would suggest you use it because of the accuracy of the stop signs and the writing of the hamzah and hamzah al-wasl.  If you have difficultly finding these copies, then use what is available, but try to obtain a copy of the Medinah Printing Complex for your use as a teacher and to point out to the students any differences between the two.   

May Allah bless your family and students and make them of Allah’s special ones, and may He teach the Muslim nation the proper recitation of the Qur’an and grant that they apply the Qur’an to their lives.  Ameen.


Wa assalaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.