In your tidbit lessons you have been explaining how each letter is articulated from a precise point in the mouth; my question is: Is there an articulation point for the vowels too? And if so what would they be?
Masha’ Allah, that is a very good question. Vowels do not have an articulation point since they are not a letter, instead they accompany the letter. Each letter then has four distinct sounds depending on the vowel that is accompanying it. If there is a fat-hah on the letter, there is an accompanying opening of the mouth. If there is a kasrah there is an accompanying lowering of the jaw. A dhammah has an accompanying circling of the lips, and a sukoon on a letter has no accompanying mouth or jaw movement.
One note though, the vowels are
miniature versions of the three medd letters.
One famous scholar of the Qur’an, Imam Ash-Shatibiyy, called the medd
letters the mothers of the three vowels that accompany a letter (the sukoon is
not included). The fat-hah therefore
is an outcome of the alif, the kasrah of the ya’, and the dhammah of the
wow. Since the sukoon is the
absence of a vowel, it has no “mother” in medd letters.