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Question (25  Jamad Thani 1424/August 23, 2003)

Do you have an Arabic version of the web page?


Question (23  Jamad Thani 1424/August 21, 2003)

Assalamou Aleikum,

Thanks for replying to my questions. And you were right, I did not mean "professional" as someone who makes a living off of the recitation, but rather as someone whose knowledge is more advanced in the matter of correctly reading and respecting the rules of recitation such as a teacher. 

I have a few questions regarding certain letters appearing in the Qur’an.

1. - In Surah 21 (Al-Anbiyaa’)-verse 105 for example, there is a small letter miim above the nuun in "...min b'adi..." I would like to know whether we have to pronounce "min" therefore ignoring the small miim, or "minm".

    - In the same Surah (21)  in verse 88, there is also a small nuun in " wa kathaa lika nuu djii.." Do we have to ignore it (the small nuun) or pronounce it so that it becomes "nuun djii"? 

2. I would also like to know whether these small letters that appear in Surah 25 verses 65, 68, and 70 (they look like saad and laam (verse 65), jiim (verse 68), and qaaf and laam (verse 70)) have a particular role and meaning in reading the Quran. 

3. Do you know a website where I can find some Islamic cassettes (audio and possibly VHS) of Sheikh Mustafa Ismail? 

Thank you very much and may Allah help you in finding the answers to those questions inshallah. Ma Salam


Question (20  Jamad Thani 1424/August 18, 2003)

Assalamu alaikum,

With reference to the word "ta'mannaa" in Surah Yusuf I see from your site that there are two ways of reciting this in the way of Shaatibiyah - ishmaam and ikhtilaas.

I have always been taught that the two ways are in fact ishmaam and rawm. I have checked in my musshaf ul qiraa'aat and it states this, I have also perused the Baab Idghaam al-Kabeer in an-Nashr and it seems also to state ishmaam and rawm. Would you kindly clarify this for me? Which are the correct ways?


Question (19  Jamad Thani 1424/August 17, 2003)

assalamualaikum wa rahmatullah,

do you have any Husari recitations like this or know where I can get
more...(ie. the whole Qur'an).



Question (16  Jamad Thani 1424/August 14, 2003)

Assalamou Aleikum

 Thank you once again for answering my questions about Sheikh Mustafa Ismail. May Allah bless you all inshallah.

I have a few questions concerning the Quranic recitation by Qaris.

1. Is there a particular breath-control exercise that Qaris practice? The reason I ask is because, when I read the Qur’an with tapes, I am, sometimes, out of breath before the Qari (on the tape) finishes the ayat.

2. Why do Qaris bring their hands close to their ears while reading the Qur’an? (I saw Sheikh Abdul Basit do it, and the Sheikh in our Masdjid does it too.) 

3. Finally, do Muslims who desire to become professional readers (Qari) need to master the entire Qur’an? 

May Allah help you in finding the answers easily insha’ Allah.

Ma Salam  


Question (13  Jamad Thani 1424/August 11, 2003)

Assalamu alaikum,

My Imaam says that if you stop on a madd muttassil (e.g. fis samaaaa) in Hafs in the way of Shaatibiyyah one is allowed to stop with four or six counts. He insists this is detailed in the poem of Imaam Shaatibiyy, but I do not recall reading it on your site. Is this so, and can you point out the section of the poem detailing this?

Was salam


Question (12  Jamad Thani 1424/August 10, 2003)

Assalamu alaikum,

Thank you for replying to my previous question regarding the saktah in the various turuq of Hafs (

I have some further questions if you would be so kind:

1) The sakt khaas and sakt 'aam, do they apply to madd letters also (e.g. "wa maaaa[pause]adraaka, or "kayfa yashaaaa[pause]u" in Hafs

2) In the beginning of surah aali Imran I heard that in Hafs in the way of Shaatibiyyah there are two ways of continuing through the first verse:
a) alif laaaaaa mmeemallaahu (2 counts)
b) alif laaaaaa mmeeeeeemallahu (6 counts). Is this true? If so is it true for Hafs generally or is it just this tareeq?

Thanks for your time
Was salam


Question (9  Jamad Thani 1424/August 7, 2003)

I have a dilemma. Currently I have 2 boys that need to learn the holy Qur’an. I have a gentleman from Pakistan how is a renowned Hafiz but his pronunciation of some letters are different to what my boys have been learning at Sunday school (the Arabic way). For example after SAAD is DAAD in Arabic but in Pakistan it is not this way but SWAAD and ZWAAD. I do not want my children to learn the wrong way but I also do not want to offend this gentleman. Are both ways correct ?


Question (6  Jamad Thani 1424/August 4, 2003)

Assalamou Aleikum

I would like to thank you for answering my questions about Surah 9 and the use of Bismillah. May the Almighty Allah reward each and everyone of you.

I have other little questions I would like to ask again.

I've read, while searching for some information regarding the difference between "Tajweed" and "Tarteel", that Tajweed is the "slow recitation" while Tarteel is "fast recitation" (but still respecting the rules of reading).

 1. If that assertion is erroneous, would you please tell me the difference between Tajweed and Tarteel?

 2. What is the definition of those styles : "Mujawwad" and "Murattal"?

 3. There are several places in the Qu'ran that require a prostration (example Surat 84 verse 21 or Surat 25 verse 60). Are those prostrations Sunnah or Fardh?

 4. I was listening to the late Qari Mustafa Ismail reciting verses13 to 18 of surat 49 (Hujurat) on this website:

He recited verse 13 three times and on the third time, he used a style of reading that confused me a lot. For example: verse 13 when Allah says: ".... innâ khalaq nâ kum..." Sheikh Ismail read that way: "..innâ khalaq nâ KUMU..." and this is one example.

I would like to know the name of this style of reading.

May Allah help you in finding the answers inshallah.

Please, take all the time that you need.

Thank you very much for giving the opportunity to millions of Muslims to view your wonderful site and to ask questions

Ma Salam


Question (5  Jamad Thani 1424/August 3, 2003)  
Thank you so much for such prompt replies to my previous questions. Jazakallah. I understand that alif is always sakin and that alif with a harakah is actually hamza. Am I correct? Is there a rule for the different pronunciation of an alif which comes in the middle of a word (last word in 105:3) and a hamza with a sukoon which comes in the middle of a word (last word 105:5).I went through your complete site but I did not find any information on this. If you do have something on it please tell me how to get there. I must tell you that you have a very interesting and informative site.


Question (3  Jamad Thani 1424/August 1, 2003)

As salaamu alaikum brothers in Islaam. I'm studying Hafs a'n Aasim, and seeing that Hazrat Ali (R.A) is said to have said in his definition of Tarteel :- Tajweed dul Hurufee wa ma' refatul wuquf. My question is due to the fact that the knowledge of stopping is a major part of Tajweed, and that even though various stops are indicated by signs; there are those stops that aren't indicated by signs, but don't change the meaning. However, I know from my little knowledge that such stops, if they are made by a person and he doesn't continue recitation from the last word of phrase, then such a stop is going against the rules of Stopping. In short, my question is, if such stopping really does go against the rules of stopping, then why is it that so many Qarees do it? Another question is that why is it that on must not stop at the sign  of the letter Laam?

Jazakallahu khair


Question (2  Jamad Thani 1424/July 31, 2003)

Assalamou Aleikoum,
 I would like to know : Did all the revelations that prophet Mohammed, Peace be upon him, received would start by: "Bismillahi Ar Rahmani Ar Rahim"? If they did, how come Surat At Taubah (Chapter 9) does not start by "Bismillah" like the other surahs?

Thank you very much and may Allah help you in finding the answer, inshallah.

Wa Salamou Aleikoum