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Question (23 Dhu-l-Hajjah1426/Jan23, 2006)

Assalamu aleikum wa rahmatu lilahi wa barakatuh

I am a little confused. Would you please tell me the difference between the 10 qiraa't and the 7 ways of recitation? Aren't the 7 ways of recitation qiraa't themselves?
May Allah bless you inshallah
Wa salamu alaikum


Question (20 Dhu-l-Hajjah1426/Jan20, 2006)

Assalamu Aleikum

You mentioned 2 ways of reading verse 11 of surah Yusuf by the way of Hafs min Tariq ash Shatibiyyah. The first way is by merging the first noun into the second with ishmaam (circling of the two lips); the second way is by shortening the dhammah of the first noun to 2/3 of a vowel count with izhhar.
Would you please provide me the detailed lessons on your site that explain the proper way to read verse 11 of surah Yusuf so that I can understand better the ishmaam and the 2/3 vowel count?
Wa salamu alaikum


Question (17 Dhu-l-Hajjah1426/Jan17, 2006)

what is tariq at-tayyiba?  and what does it mean when a person has an ijaza in this?
jazakallahu khaira


Question (8 Dhu-l-Hajjah1426/Jan 8, 2006)


Please I’m trying to learn Tajweed on my own coz there is no qualified teacher in my area. Can you please give me some help or advice on how to go about it? Thanks


Question  (8 Dhu-l-Hajjah1426/Jan 8, 2006)

Asalamualiakum waramatullah wabarakatu, may Allah (SWT) continue to increase you in knowledge and may He reward you with endless bliss for all your efforts in sharing Islamic knowledge, my question is;

In which chapters of the Glorious Qur’an can one locate   i.e



Question (27 Dhu-l-Qa'dah1426/Dec 29, 2005)

Assalamu Aleikum wa rahmatu lilahi wa barakatu

May Allah reward you with the highest ranks in this world and in the other for your strong efforts inshallah.
I have a question regarding stopping on a word ending with the letter "ya" first with a shadda and secondly without a shadda.  In surah al ahzab verse 56:
When stopping on the word Nabi (prophet), in the recitation of Hafs, I have heard while listening to the verse that the reader ends by saying "Nabiyy" (with a sukoon on the "ya") with a little emphasis since there is a shadda. However in surah al qiyamah verse 26, when stopping on the word " At taraqiya" (which does not have a shadda) instead of stopping with a sukoon on the "ya', the reader reads "taraaqii" with a 2 vowel count (please correct me if I am wrong).
Would you please explain this difference?
Although both styles of reading (what is commonly called mujawwad and murrattal styles) are read using the rules of tajweed:

1- Did the prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, use to read in a mujawwad style in front of an audience (just like the qaris were/are doing in the masdjid)
2- Did either one or some of his (pbuh) sahabah used to do it?
3- If no, is this style (mujawwad) allowed or an innovation?
May Allah facilitate your answers inshallah.
Wa salamu alaikum.


Question (19 Dhu-l-Qa'dah1426/Dec 22, 2005)

As-salaamu ‘alaykum,

I’ve heard some recitors read ayah 27 of Surat al-Qiyamah as “wa qeela mar-raaq” instead of ‘wa qeela mann; raaq” as though there’s a “shaddah’ on the ‘ra’. Is this a mistake or is it a valid way to read that verse.

Jazakallah Khair


Question (19 Dhu-l-Qa'dah1426/Dec 22, 2005)

Assalamu 'alaykum
First of all jazakumullahu kheyral jaza for your efforts teaching millions of Muslims tajweed via this great website. Ta qabbalallah.
I have a major problem in pronouncing all mufakhham [full mouth] letters. Can you please give me some ways or ideas of practicing on this problem? May Allah reward you, a'ameen.


Question (18 Dhu-l-Qa'dah1426/Dec 21, 2005)


While reading Qur’an there are several stoppages with different signs and letters. Kindly brief the importance when and where to stop and how to stop while reading and the important significant reasons for different letters of stoppages.

Thanks and regards, May Allah bless u in good returns.


Question (6 Dhu-l-Qa'dah1426/Dec.8, 2005)

asalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu

I have done a search on your website but haven’t come up with a conclusive
answer hence:
Is there such a thing as an ijaza with an isnad, for reading only, not for a hafiz, just for somebody who knows how to read? I am getting mixed messages here in Egypt. If there is, what is it called in Arabic and what does it entail?
jazakumullahu khairan.
wasalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu


Question (6 Dhu-l-Qa'dah1426/Dec.8, 2005)

Assalamu 'alaykum

I have only recently come across your website, so let me first express my gratitude to all those who have contributed to it, making it easier for people like me who have little knowledge of Arabic.

My questions:

#1. When some recitors make Tas-heel of the hamzah in Warsh, they sound like they are pronouncing the letter ha. Am I hearing this correctly? If so, does this have a particular name?

#2.  I have a Warsh mushaf (the one printed in Saudi Arabia) with an appendix which mentions something about grand imaalah in connection with the letter ha in Ta-ha. I do not understand it because my Arabic is very basic - could you explain it to me please.

#3. Some of the Warsh and Qaloon mushafs from North West Africa use a small letter sad to indicate the places where one stops. (I am not referring to
the Warsh mushafs printed in Saudi Arabia, which also use the same letter sad but have them in different places to the African ones). Are these stops
supposed to correspond to complete sentences? Can one apply these same stop positions to any other recitations apart from Warsh and Qaloon?
May Allah reward you for your help.


Question (29 Shawwaal1426/Dec.1, 2005)

Asalaam aleykum

First of all jazakumullahu kheyran jaza for your effort teaching millions of Muslims tajweed and this great website; I say jazakumullahu kheyran jaza.

My question is I am interested in riwayatu Warsh in the style of Asbihaan, what I want to know is some of its usool if not all.  Alhamdulillah I know the usool of riwayatu Warsh an naafi3 an Tariiq Azraq, I heard that there are many difference between Asbihaan and Azraq like the mudood, tarqeeq, taqleel, and taghleedh harfu laam, please could you provide me with some detail about Asbihaan, any website where I can listen or download Asbihaan?, and why is it not famous like the style of Azraq?

insha Allaah i would be looking forward to your reply.  jazakumullahu kheyran jaza. 

wassalaam aleykum


Question (19 Shawwaal1426/Nov.21, 2005)

Assalaamu 'alaykum,

My question deals with the makhraj of the middle of the tongue. Is the articulation point for jeem and sheen not a little more forward than that of yaa'. I tend to articulate the letter jeem with the middle of my tongue colliding with the ridge just before the concave part of roof of the mouth. When I articulate the letter sheen, the sound is produced in the same area but the sound is diffused over my teeth, which amplifies the sound. Is this right or do all three of these consonants need to be pronounced in the region behind the ridge I mentioned? Is the jaw in the same position in all three letters?

Thank you very much.
Assalaamu Alaykum


Question (13 Shawwaal1426/Nov.15, 2005)

Assalamu aleikum

May Allah increase our love and knowledge for the Quran inshallah.

In surah As Saff verse 6, there is the the noun "Yaa banii israa il". In the recitation of Hafs but not in the way of ash shattibiyyah, the noun "Banii" is lengthened 2 counts while "Israa’eel" is 4 if I am correct. This is only one example among the many in the Qur’an.
I have notice that many reciters who read in Hafs (not in the way of Ash-Shattibiyyah) know when and where to use the according mudood in this type of situation without even having the Qur’an open in front of them.

1) Therefore I would like to know if there is a list of these nouns and verbs (such as in the above example) or rule that will allow the reader to know that when reading in Hafs (not in Ash Shattibbiyyah's way) he/she needs to lengthen to 2 counts "banii" and then 4 counts "Israa’eel"?

2) If not, does the reader need to master the entire Quran and then carefully study the places where these different hamzah occur so that he/she
will not make any mudood mistake?

May Allah increase our knowledge and love for the Quran inshallah. Jazakullahi khraian.
Ma'a salam 


Question (8 Shawwaal1426/Nov.10, 2005)

assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu.

I see a lot of recitors moving their mouth a lot when they read, especially when pronouncing a letter with a dhamma or a long vowel of the same. Is this correct and necessary?  Can one read the dhamma correctly without pouting the lips?

Jazaakallahu khairan kathiran kathira. wassalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu


Question (8 Shawwaal1426/Nov.10, 2005)

Assalamu Aleikum
In a recent answer, you wrote that there are programs and books that can teach conversational Arabic. Alhamdu lilah I can read the Qur'an in Arabic and in tajweed well. However I cannot speak the Arabic language which I would truly love to one day. Therefore I would like to know which excellent program (with CD or cassettes) can you recommend me that will help me speak Arabic well and understand others speak (whether it is Saudi or Egyptian). My purpose is to be able to speak but most importantly understand when I read the Qur’an so that I will not always refer to the translation all the time.
P.S. I reside in the US.
May Allah reward you inshallah.
Ma'a Salam.


Question (3 Shawwaal1426/Nov.5, 2005)

Assalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu

Alhamdulillah I am well versed with the rules etc. you have for Hafs 'an 'Aasim except al-ikhtilaas and ar-raum. My teachers say I read very good but not excellent though. I was wondering: what exactly is advanced tajweed? Most of the books I have read (English) claim to cover basic tajweed and it’s more or less what you have on this site - although you have some tips and special points/details that the books don’t mention. What more is there to tajweed?  

Also I have heard on a programme on tv and also the imam in taraaweeh - that if reading and shortening all the madd munfassil then sakt in the four places is omitted. I believe husary and other qurra read like this. Any input? 

May Allah bless you and your families for providing this website. I love tajweed and this website is really appreciated. A suggestion - if you could do a similar thing for the other ways of reading that would be really brilliant!

Jazaakallahu khairan kathiran kathira.  Wassalaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu


Question (3 Shawwaal1426/Nov.5, 2005)

Assalaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

I would like to know whether ordinary people like us with very little knowledge of Qur’an (like reciting) can learn Qur’an (i.e.reciting) from great imams like Saud Shuraim and Abdulrahman al Sudais