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Question (15 Sha'baan 1422/ Oct. 31, 2001)

We have learned that there are different levels of reading in the reading of the Holy Qur'an; a slow, a medium and a quicker way.  Would the reading of Sheikh Abdullah Basfar in his "muallim" (teaching) tapes be an example of the slow way?  Then he has a reading taken from his reading in prayer I think which is quicker.  Would that be the medium way?  If possible could you give examples of the different ways?

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Question (12 Sha'baan 1422/ Oct. 28, 2001)

Your answer to my question about qalqalah was very helpful and I now have another question about difficulty in saying the letters  and  with a dhammah - it seems that it is more difficult than when these letters have other vowels or a sukoon.  Would you have any pointers for this problem?

Again may Allah reward you greatly.

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Question (11 Sha'baan 1422/ Oct. 27, 2001)

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah

Our study circle has audio recording of Sheikh Muhammad Jibril, which seems to be the reading of Hafs an Asim but not of the Shaatibi, as per your previous explanation. Some of us like it, but we do not know for sure all the lengthening standards of this style. Apparently only the lengthening with an hamzat al-qat' (with about 4 counts) and the lengthening with a shaddah that follow a madd letter (with apparently 6 counts are followed). Could you please explain the major lengthening pattern and other features of this way of reading?

 Meanwhile, other members of our group want to simplify: every place where there is a sign of madd to be lengthened similarly, with 4 counts on average. Could this be acceptable and if yes, which way of reading is it among the recognized one?

Wassalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah

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Question (10 Sha'baan 1422/ Oct. 26, 2001)

Could you please explain the making of a nice qalqalah?  It sometimes sounds "not sharp" in our tajweed class almost an "imprisoned" sound unlike on the Holy Qur'an cassettes.

May Allah reward you.

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Question (8 Sha'baan 1422/ Oct. 24, 2001)

Assalamualikum !
I have noticed some of the accomplished Qaris sometimes recite few ayahs with really heavy (low frequency) sound. Is this one of the ways Hafs 'an 'Asim or other pioneers of Tajweed recited, or is this modern Qaris' performance of their great skills? Also, can this skill (changing the voice) be developed or one has to be born with? Thank you for teaching us the greatest science of all, the science of Qur'an.

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Question (8 Sha'baan 1422/ Oct. 24, 2001)

May Allah reward you for your clear and informative answers.  I have a question today about a word in surah:  Al-A'raaf aayah 196

It is about the 2nd word; could you please explain what are the letters and their sequence - on what letter is the second kasrah?  Thank you.

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Question (6 Sha'baan 1422/ Oct. 22, 2001)

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah.  Thank you indeed for your help in answering previous questions. 
Today I need your help concerning pronunciation:

1)     It seems that the sound "la" in the name "Allah," Subhanahu wa Ta'ala, is different from other sounds "la" when it is preceded by a fathah or dhammah. I heard that is it a way of glorifying the name of our Lord. But I do not understand why then the same principle is not applied when the "la" is preceded by a kasrah (a letter having the vowel i).

2)     The sound "ra" (letter ra with fathah) is pronounced a little like "ro" while there is no particular change (apparently) when the letter is voweled with i or u. What can be the reason?

3)     Why are the sakinah form the letters jim, dal, ba, etc. (the qalqalah letters?) pronounced heavily, as if they had a vowel, especially at the end of a word?
Thank you again for your help, Wassalam.

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Question (5 Sha'baan 1422/ Oct. 21, 2001)

Assalaamu alaikum.   Is there any difference in the letters of tafkheem or all are the same ? Could you give any pointers in doing it right?  Jazakumullahu khairan.

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Question (4 Sha'baan 1422/ Oct. 20, 2001)

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah

Jazakum Allah khayran for your valuable help. I would like some more details:
How should we pronounce the combination  (in Arabic) and what does the word mean?
Next, which word or phrase is abbreviated in the letter jiim and what does that word or phrase mean?
Similar questions for the miim .

(I guess the  letters laam-alif indicate the negation, that is, not stop.)

Wassalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah

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Question (3 Sha'baan 1422/ Oct. 19, 2001)

A question has come up as to how many letters are in the Arabic alphabet ; some say 28 and others I think say 29 - is that right and if so what is the reason?

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Question (3 Sha'baan 1422/ Oct. 19, 2001)

Hello and good day.  Would you be capable of informing me of how the English word, peace, (meaning peace in the context of, "peace on earth"), appears when translated into original Arabic language form, and if there are any variations?  I know the word is salaam, but I'm not quite sure how it appears in Arabic.  I would greatly appreciate your assistance if possible, but if not then no problem.  Thanks so much for your time and have a nice day.  :)

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Question (1 Sha'baan 1422/ Oct. 17, 2001)

In reading about the ghunnah and where the sound comes from I was wondering: is there any difference between one ghunnah and another other than the length of the timing?

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