On 25th October 2014 AlHuda International School organized Annual Qira’at Competition to strengthen the relationship between youth and Qur’an and to celebrate their love for it. This program was designed with a key focus, to encourage children to improve their recitation of the Qur’an and learn the art of Tajweed. The students had been preparing for the event for approximately a month, and practiced regularly to perfect their recitations. The competition had 3 rounds beginning with a within-class contest, Semi Final and then the Grand Finale.
In the Grand Finale of the Qira’at Competition, Sheikh Muhammad Saad Al-Dousri, Director Saoodi Da’awa Office in Pakistan, was the honourable Chief Guest. The event proved to be inspirational and motivational for the audience.
|II||Tehreem Fatima Chishti||2A||1s|
|Misbah ur Rehman||2D||2nd|
|Syed Muhammad Saad||4A||2nd|
|Wajeeha Waseem Abbasi||3A||2nd|
|VII||Rahim Amjad||Hifz B||1st|
|Abdullah bin Asif||Hifz C||2nd|
|VIII||Afia Humair||Hifz B||1st|
|Maira Awan||Hifz A||2nd|
The word “Tajweed” means to improve or make better.
Tajweed of the Holy Qur’an refers to the recitation of the Quran while following all the rules and regulations of recitation so that the reading of the Qur’an resembles its recitation by Prophet Mohammed .
It is important to know and apply tajweed because:
- Allah (swt) has commanded us
“and recite the Qur’an with measured recitation” [Surat Al-Muzzammil 73:4]
In the above ayah, Allah uses the word “Tarteela”, it means to recite the Qur’an:
- In a basic rhythm
- The Prophet used to recite the Qur’an in a slow, measured, rhythmic tone, stopping at the end of each aayah and he(SAW) also instructed us to:
“Beautify the Qur’an with your voices [for a fine voice increases the Qur’an in beauty]” [Bukhaari]
and he (SAW) further said;
“He who does not recite the Qur’an in a pleasant tone is not of us.” [Abu Dawud]
- Due to seemingly minor mistakes in pronunciation of a letter, meanings of entire verses can change. For example, the Quranic word “Qalb” means heart whereas if it is read “Kalb”, it means dog. The difference in meaning in this example is there because of the difference in makhraj (point of articulation).
- The Quranic melody is enhanced when recited with tajweed. Recitation of the Quran is therefore most effective on hearts and souls when tajweed rules are applied.
- Since the Quran is from Allah, our Lord, and Our Creator, it is the best Speech, and deserves the Best Recitation. So let us take out some time to invest in learning the art of Tajweed.
Tips to Improve Tajweed:
- Listening is the key to improving tajweed! Listen to different qaaris such as Qari Shuraim, Qari Sudais, Qari Huzaifi, Qari Basfar and Qari Shaatri.
- Listen to recitation using mediums that are commonly available for you such as laptops, ipods, mp3 players, television, cd players etc.
- Some excellent tajweed resources may be found at the link below:
- Revisit the “noorani qaida”, first “thakhti” (lesson), preferably with a Tajweed teacher
- Bring the rules that you learn in practice by reciting to your parents or spouse, or during recitation in namaz
Lastly, if you ever find it difficult to read with tajweed, do not become disheartened. Know that there is reward for every letter that you read of the Holy Quran for this is no ordinary Book, and the rewards are not ordinary either!