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Jzkk for the site. IMHO (in my humble opinion), you should give flexibility to Muslims on the proper way to read Al Qur’an. I understand that you wish to promote Hafs an 'Asim by the way of Shatabiah, but on the other hand, you are not making it easy for the people to try their best to read Al Qur’an.

Al Qur’an is not for the  the elite of the muslimoon. Allah had revealed Al Qur'an to mankind. It is not reserved for shuyookh per se.

For example, I found out that Husary  made his mud jaiz munfassil two harakaat in most of  his qiraat. It really made my life easier and I don’t have to stop unnecessarily. You already mentioned that the knowledge of tajweed is fardh kifayah but practicing it is fardh 'ain, so it is not obligatory for ALL Muslims to know the mechanics of tajweed.

Why don't you make it easy for the people, telling them it is okay to read the mud j aiz munfassil as two harakaat rather than sternly saying "this is not our opinion". We should make people love Al Qur’an not shy away from them.

I once read mud jaiz with two harakaat and one brother came up to me and interrogated me and somewhat "forced" his opinion of mud jaiz munfassil as four or five. Now, is this the spirit of Al Qur’an?

One more thing, the site on most common error in tajweed. IMHO, there are many non Arab readers and syuyukh especially in Mauritania and Senegal . We have been trying to eradicate the dogma that  Al Qur’an is for Arabs only and I don't think by classifying readers of Al Qur’an as Arab and non Arab as tactful. Reading with tajweed is a skill. It is not innate or inherent. I don't hear any Arab who goes to learn tajweed had to skip the makharij of huruf class.

IMHO, the first mistake that many Al Qur’an teacher of institution make is to give the notion that Al Qur’an is difficult or the Arabic language for that matter. This is clearly not in line with what Allah has said, "wa laqad yassarnal Qurana lidhikri fa hal mim muddakir".

Next, I think you ought to give alternatives. It is good that you are telling the people they ought to find a certified teacher to teach them Al Qur’an. The next  best thing is to provide them addresses, Islamic centers or cities in the USA (if this site is USA-based) where these individuals can be found.

It is bad enough that we common people are being criticised for not reading with tajweed, at least tell us where to go. JazakAllahu khairan for your effort, may Allah accept it as a good deed.


Wa alaikum assalaam wa rahmatu Allahi wa barakaatuh.  Wa iyyakum.

We have no objections to viewers of the site commenting on the material, giving feedback, and pointing out any shortcomings or mistakes.  Verily we are human, and surely we make mistakes, and we welcome any corrections to errors.  On the other hand, we feel that many of your points are not based on what has been said on the site, but instead based on some misunderstandings you may have.

 First, this site is a site aimed at teaching English speaking Muslims the rules of tajweed.  Those visiting our site are presumed to be students of the Qur’an wanting to learn and understand tajweed rules.  We endeavor, and may Allah make it successful, to explain and teach the details of tajweed for those wishing to learn and implement them and we offer no apologies for this.  We certainly are not trying to make it difficult, but there are certain parts of the recitation of the Qur’an which are not allowed, some that are allowed under certain circumstances, and others that are allowed at all times.  Changing one letter to another by mispronouncing it is one mistake that is not allowed.  It is a matter of fact that Arabs, although they do study the articulation points of letters when starting tajweed, have much fewer problems in this area, if any, depending on their background.  Non-Arabs in general, have to put more effort in this area to perfect their recitation.  This is not in any contradiction to the aayaat in surah Al-Qamar (54:17, 22, 32, and 40), which is referring to memorization of the Qur’an.

The translation of the explanation of the meaning is:
"And We have certainly made the Qur'an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember?"
Certainly, the Qur’an is far easier to memorize than any thing else.  A student who is trying to memorize the Qur’an and at the same time memorize the poem on tajweed by Imam Ibn Al-Jazaree will readily attest to this fact . 

We have never stated that reading with two counts is not allowed, indeed it is allowed by Hafs in tareeq at-tayyibah, but you need to know all the rules on different words to read this way.  For example, some words have two ways allowed for Hafs ‘an ‘Aasim min tareeq Ash-Shattibiyyah, but only one way is allowed when reading the two count    with four counts in , such as the word , which when continuing can be read with either  tafkheem or tarqeeq of the by the way of Shatibiyyah, but in tareeq At-Tayyibah with two counts for  and four for  it can only be read with tafkheem.  These are ways of transmission that have been passed down from the Messenger  to us, one by one in authentic chains. We cannot take something from one way, and mix it with another and make our own tareeq that we find “easy”, but we can learn the intricacies of each way, and apply them in our reading while reading with the qasr of , it is not difficult to do, but has to be done this way if we wish to preserve each way as it was revealed.  This is different than tajweed rules; this is preservation of the Qur’an and not mixing up one way with another.

The vast majority of Muslims read the Qur’an with the recitation of Hafs ‘an ‘Aasim min tareeq Ash-Shatibiyyah.  It is logical then, that we explain this way first so those studying tajweed can easily find teachers who recite in the same way. 

Please look at the lesson:'iz.htm on this site, and review what was stated about reading  with two counts. 

We have pointed out common mistakes that non-Arabs make to help the non-Arabs conquer these mistakes and read the Qur’an as it was revealed, the ultimate goal of all Muslims. We indeed pointed out that many Arabs do not know proper tajweed, a sad fact, in the following section: Do all Arabs know how to recite the Qur’an with proper tajweed?

Unfortunately many do not know proper tajweed.  In the days of the Prophet, peace and blessing upon him, there was no need for the study of tajweed because they talked with what is now known as tajweed; in other words, it was natural for them.  Now, over 14 centuries later, colloquial Arabic has changed radically from the classical Arabic with which the Qur’an was revealed, and Arabs have to study tajweed, just in the same way that non-Arabs do.

We have years of experience in teaching non-Arabs and there are mistakes common to non-Arabs not found in Arabs.  This is a reality, and we are only trying to help  non-Arab Muslims surpass these mistakes and correct their reading, which is certainly possible. There are many cases that we know of personally where non-Arabs have fixed their mistakes and surpassed many Arabs in their recitation.  We know of Americans, Canadians, Turks, South Africans, Australians, Pakistanis, Philippinos, and other nationalities who read the Qur’an with excellent tajweed; some of them have actually gone on to  teach  Arabs tajweed of the Qur’an.  There is no limit by native language in obtaining excellence in recitation of the Qur’an, but there are some areas that may need special attention before this excellence is achieved.  We would be deficient in  teaching if we did not point this out, and we are obligated to assist in this subject for those who wish to reach the goal of reciting the Qur’an as it was revealed.    

This site is visited and used by Muslims from all over the world, and is not aimed at one particular country.  We are not based in the USA and therefore are not able to give guidance on where good Qur’an teachers are located in the USA .   It would be difficult for one entity to find out every Islamic Center that had qualified Qur’an instructors in the US , since it is so vast and the centers would have to be visited before there were to be recommended.   It is up to the student of knowledge to seek out teachers and travel to find teachers when necessary.  In the day of the Internet, it is possible to find a teacher to help you without you leaving your home, unlike scholars of the past who would travel for months to obtain knowledge. 

We suggest that you read the following question and answer on etiquette of seeking knowledge:|Manners(Aadaab)/Aadab_Talb_al-'Ilm_(Manners_of_Seeking_Knowledge)/Etiquette_of_the_seeker_of_knowledge.20052001.10324.shtml
plus download and read the PDF from this site on Manners of the Those Seeking Knowledge and Students of the Qur’an.

 Wa iyyakum.