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Question (26 Sha'baan 1425/Oct. 10, 2004)

Assalam alaikum.

Can you please put  a lesson on reading the huroof-e-muqatta'at i.e., the separated letters found at the beginning of some ayahs. For example first ayah of surah alqasas, are the letters read as ta seen meem or ta seemmeem (last two joint)? 



Question (21 Sha'baan 1425/Oct. 5, 2004)

Dear Bro,

I am confused in regards to the levels of Ikhfa'. I understand that there are 3 levels, Kubro, wustho and sughro.

Can you clarify these levels.



Question (15 Sha'baan 1425/Sep. 29, 2004)

Assalamu aleikum

My question concerns the letter dhaad. I sometimes have a little difficulty pronouncing the dhaad especially with a kasra as in "fil ardi" (on earth). The reason is when I try to read the dhaad with the sides of my tongue, I have a feeling that the top of my tongue is touching the palace in my mouth, and the tip of my tongue collides with the plates of my two incisor teeth. How should I position my tongue in order to properly pronounce the dhaad with kasra?
May Allah help you inshallah
Ma'a salam


Question (5 Sha'baan 1425/Sep. 19, 2004)

Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu!

I need to know the tajweed about sura AL FATIHA, please help me!

Inshallah khair.



Question (28 Rajab 1425/Sep. 14, 2004)

Assalamu aleikum wa rahmatu lilahi wa barakatu

1. What is the reward, in a hadith and in the Coran, for the one who strives to learn the Coran by heart and often reads it to understand its meaning?

2. Though many non-Arab Muslims have been able to memorize the Coran thanks completely to Allah, can a non-Arab Muslim, who can already read well the Coran in Arabic, learn Arabic (the language) in order to improve more his/her understanding of the Coran?

May Allah bless you inshallah

Ma'a salam


Question (21 Rajab 1425/Sep. 6, 2004)


I've been learning to read with my husband. He had recited to several people who are suppose to be teachers but was never corrected until recently about his kasra and Dhamma.  We have been reciting for example the "i" in bismillah more lightly like the "i" in the word "industry"  and not sounding like "beesmeellah" where it sounds more like a "be" as in "because".  and our Dhamma for example in "Alhum doo" has been more like "Alhum doh". 

We're so confused now because we've heard that the kasra makes the sounds like :Alif= ee,  Baa=Bee, Taa= tee etc.  Is this the only correct way?  or could it be:      

Alif= ih,  Baa= Bih, Taa= teh?  and thus not so emphasized on the "eee".

 When I see on websites "Bismillah" is the "i" really sounded like "eee" Thus" "BeesMeellah"? or is it "bi" as in "bill". 

and for Dhamma: Ive been now told that  Alif= ooh Baa=boo, Taa= Too or chould it be Alif=O, Baa=Bo, Taa tOh? (without emphasize on any "h".

Example in Ayatul'Qursi is "Allah hu" pronounced "Allah hoo" or "Allah ho" 

I understand that when linking it automatically becomes ooo's and eee's but in other areas I don't know.

I know its an elementary question but I just cant find the answers anywhere.  People just have letters like "i" and "ee" and then I'm told both sound like "eee".  If it  is: ooh, boo, too, thoo or ee, bee, tee, thee then why is eh, beh, teh, theh as in the word "end"  being taught still? 

Thank you for your patience.


Question (14 Rajab 1425/Aug. 30, 2004)  

As salaamu aalikum

I need to know what are " dipthongs " ?


Question (10 Rajab 1425/Aug. 26, 2004)  

Salem alaykoum wa rahtou Allahou

I have two questions:

1. For a person who finished learning the Coran, how much you advise him to review it in order to have a good knowledge of it (for example: one hizb a day during one year, one chapter…)?

2. How much time is needed by a person who has learned the Coran with Hafs rules to learn Warsh?

Baraka Allaou fi koum


Question (10 Rajab 1425/Aug. 26, 2004)  

As-salaamu alaikum, 

Do you always have to stop at the end of an ayah? What are the cases in which you can continue into the next ayah without stopping? 

Jazakallah khair


Question (4 Rajab 1425/Aug. 20, 2004)  

Assalamu-alaikum wa rahmatullahi,  

May Allah reward you for providing this valuable resource.

My question is concerning the degree of Hams in the Ta, Kaf and Daal when not saakin (Hafs-bin-Asim min tarikatil Shaatibee). I have heard that when these letters are not saakin there is no hams at all. This is difficult and requires the tongue to move back to eliminate the hams when the letter is mutaharik and changes the pronunciation of these letters.  

However I have also heard and believe is the correct view, that the Hams is present in all forms of the letter, but strongest when saakin.  

Do you know what is the correct amount of Hams for these letters? I would be grateful if you could indicate the source of your opinion since both opinions I have mentioned are from people with Ijaaza with short sanads from eminent scholars, so as a humble student with no such background it is difficult to know what to follow.

Jazakallah khayran


Question (2 Rajab 1425/Aug.18, 2004)

Assalamu Aleikum wa rahmatu lilahi wa barakatuh

1) One of the rules of the tajweed when stopping on a word is the apply a sukoon on the last letter. However, I would like to know if it exists a way of reading (or a tajweed rule) that stops on a word by keeping the vowel on the letter. For example Surat Al Fātiha verse 1: instead of reading: "Al Hamdu lilāhi rabbil 'ālamīn" (with a sukoon on the letter noon when stopping) it is read "Al hamdu lilāhi rabbil 'ālamīna" (by keeping the fatha instead of the sukoon when stopping on the word).

2) Is it allowed to "take breath" when reading the Qur'an? I sometimes seem to detect, when I listen to the old qaris, a take of breath (usually with the letter "haa"). Is it allowed to do that?

May Allah be pleased with the wonderful work you are doing inshallah
Wa salamu alaikum  


Question (1 Rajab 1425/Aug.17, 2004)    

As salaam alaikum wa rahmatu Allahi wa barakatuh to you all,

I have been wondering how to keep proper pace when learning to recite the Qur'an.  I remember reading that most non-native speakers of 'Arabic have trouble with the timing/ 'beats' for the vowels and the medd, as referenced here:

So, I am curious if any of you have ever tried using a metronome to assist us with this common error.