Method of Reciting the Qur’an

QuranAllah Ta‘ala instructs that the Qur’aan should be recited with tarteel. With regards to tilaawat, there are two levels of recitation: (1) Preservation of what has been memorised. For this a haafiz is required to read at a swift pace to cover a good amount of recitation. Otherwise, by reciting slowly he will not be able to frequently complete a khatam. (2) General recitation with tarteel. This basically covers 3 aspects: (1) A melodious tone (2) Slow measured reading with the correct pronunciation. (3) Concentration and contemplation over the message of the Qur’aan. The third aspect is something which is greatly neglected nowadays. If we begin to recite the Qur’aan in this manner, then there will be no need for all these nasheeds and nazams. Moulana Thanwi (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) was very particular in this aspect that when any new mureed would come he would send him to learn the proper recitation of the Qur’aan with tajweed. The main thing is to get the basics right. You do not have to become like Shaikh Abdul Baasit and Shaikh Minshaawi etc. Presently our attention is only towards the display and show, whereas the more important thing is that how much effect is the Qur’an having on the heart. When we come across aayaat on Jannah and Jahannum we should cry and beg Allah Ta‘ala from our hearts.

Source: Al-Haadi

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