Best Classes to Learn Tajweed Online!

best classes to learn tajweed online

What Is Meant by Tajweed

Before you start to learn Tajweed online, you’ll have to know first what is meant by Tajweed!

In Islam, there is a knowledge that is known for its pronunciation of the Quranic words in accordance with the prophet Muhammad’s pronunciation of these Quranic words. And this knowledge (Tajweed)’s taken orally

About a sheikh or a professor who has a degree in intonation. In the book, “Tajweed Rules of the Quran” by Kareema Carol, Dr. Ayman Rushdi mentioned in his introduction to the book the following lines:

“Undoubtedly, recitation of the glorious Quran is one of the best ways a Muslim can get closer to his Lord. The exalted and honored and since this book was revealed in a clear Arabic tongue, it is necessary that it’s recitation agrees with the manner transmitted from the messenger of Allah, Muhammad (peace and blessings are upon him) from the aspect of the articulation point of the letters and the inherent and transient characteristics of the letters. It is such then, that learning Tajweed of the recitation of the glorious Quran is a necessary matter”.

He continued:

“For by it one can distinguish the correct pronunciation from that which is not. It is by Allah’s grace upon us that in this Era almost every nation has some of its individuals, few or great in number, having interest Islam. It is then required of us to explain to these brothers and sisters of ours, the essentials of our religion, its facts, and what is required for the individual Muslim concerning compulsory acts. Among these requirements is assisting them in the correct recitation of the Book of Allah. Exalted and honored be He, and to define clearly the recitation rules and what encompasses them. This should be done in their native language, in accordance with the exalted words.”

The Beginning of Intonation Knowledge (Tajweed)

It was at the time of the expansion of the Islamic State in the third century as a result of emigration, where there were many mistakes and intonation errors in the Holy Quran recitation due to the entry of many non-Arabs

In Islam, it was not until the scholars of the Quran began to codify and write down the rules of intonation. The first person to collect intonation in a book is said to be Al Imam Abo Obaed Al Kasim Ibn Slaam in the Hijra third century in his so-called book kra’at or “Readings”. The rules of intonation refer to serious and important points of reciting the Holy Quran such as the common errors of recitation and pronunciation errors as well.

Also, they refer to the general areas of articulations, the parts and positions of the mouth and throat, the space in the mouth and throat, and the parts of the tongue (the deepest part of the tongue, the middle of the tongue, or the side of the tongue…etc.) The rules aim to control and adjust the fine-tune articulation of the Holy Quran accurately. The Tajweed rules also aim to make the readers of the Holy Quran read it exactly the way Prophet Muhammad ( peace and prayers be upon him) and his companions had read it.

The Religious Judgement of Intonation (Tajweed)

Learning The Quranic intonation is an imposing adequacy; but applying or performing it (implementation) is imposing mandatory for every Muslim. Allah said in his Holy book, ” O you Enwrapped one, stay up the night, except a little, For half of it, or reduce it a little, Or add to it; and chant the Quran rhythmically.” Surah  Al- Muzzammal verses. 1- 4.

In his preface, Ibn al-Jazari said: It is imperative that Quran recitation with intonation (Tajweed) is mandatory to anyone. He also said: He who did not recite the Holy Quran with intonation is guilty.

As He is God who has descended it down, and thus from He we received it. It is also (Tajweed) the ornaments of recitation and decorations of performance and reading. The judgment of application of the intonation (Tajweed) within the meaning of applying its rules when reciting the Holy Quran is desired and requested in the Islamic perspective. Some great old scholars like Ibn Al Jazari consider it an imperative mission for every adult Muslim male or female. So according to Al Jazari school, every Muslim who recites the Holy Quran without intonation ( Tajweed) is considered a sinner.

Allah the Almighty Said : ” Those to whom We have given the Scripture follow it, as it ought to be followed—these believe in it. But as for those who reject it—these are the losers.”

And the prophet Muhammad ( peace and blessings are upon him) said, ” The best of you are those who learn Quran and teach it.” Sahih Al-Bukhari 5027.

Other scholars see that it is advisable and recommendable but it is not mandatory.

History of Intonation (Tajweed)

The prophet Muhammad (peace and prayers be upon him) made sure that his companions (Sahaaba) learn the Quran recitation with intonation as it was revealed to him by Jibril (Gabriel). Many companions of the prophet mastered the Quran recitation and the knowledge of intonation such as Abid Allah Ibn Masood, Zaid Ibn Thabt, Abby Ibn Kaeb, Moaz Ibn Gabl, and many others.

The first person who had established the rules of this knowledge was Al Imam El Khalil Ibn Ahmad El Fraheedy. And the first scholar who wrote down in the knowledge was Imam Abo Alkheir Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Al Jazari when he established his first book about the Quran intonation (Tajweed) which is called “A preface about the intonation knowledge.” in the 3rd century Hijri. Then, Al Imam Abo Obid Ibn Slaam collected all kinds of intonation or Tajweed ( kinds of different readings) in a book and named it, “Book of Readings “. The rules of this knowledge were deduced by following  famous readings of great recitation readers ( proficient  and professional readers).

Then further research was carried out on the extraction of other rules of intonation, and books on this knowledge were published, explaining the origins of reading and how to correctly pronounce the Qur’an as it was revealed by Jibril upon the prophet Muhammad (peace and prayers are upon him).

Also, we have to refer to the important reasons for establishing the Tajweed knowledge and setting up its specific rules. One of these reasons is to guard the glorious Quran and preserve it from distortion.

The Arabs mixed with non- Arabs after the spread of Islam, there was fear and worries at this era that the Arabic tongue might get corrupted with this intermixing. It then became mandatory  for the Arabs to think of a way to protect the tongue of the Holy Quran so it was the proper time for the Tajweed rules to be established and written down in the sake of preserving the true Quranic readings and true different recitations from mistakes or errors  and on the other hand to guarantee the Quran readers the integrity of pronunciation.  

Definition of Intonation

Linguistically, In the Arabic language, intonation (Tajweed) means improvement, mastering, and proficiency in reciting the Holy Quran, it is said that when you improve something that means you master it. The Quran, as well as the Quranic intonation, has been described as “perfect reading” and “perfect recitation”.

Intonation is defined to have given each voiced letter its rightful place and its rightful articulations. Each letter sound should be uttered from the rightful mouth position without any change in its sound and it should be read truly according to the intonation rules that were set by the scholars of intonation knowledge.  It is also said intonation ( Tajweed ) of the Holy Quran means mastering its recitation and improving it. Tajweed has two meanings: artificial meaning: (practical application),  it is to give every letter sound its right of all the characteristics of the letter sound such as manifestation, El khonna, and Al maad.

The Principles of Tajweed Knowledge

The principles of Tajweed knowledge are based on main four matters. Here they are:-

1 – Knowledge of the articulation points of the letters’ sounds.

2 – Knowledge of the characteristics of the letters.

3 – Knowledge of changes having been done to the letters due to its order in specific sentences.

4 – Oral exercises and repetition drills for the tongue.

Introduction And Learning Provision

The introduction of intonation (meaning “application of its provisions”) in practice when reading the Holy Quran is the subject of Islamic law (required by law), and some scholars such as Ibn al-Jazari, one of the chief scholars of reading.

Some other scholars say that it is advisable. Rather than detailing what kind of continental error is irrevocable and the different conditions and circumstances. In the Quran, the Quran states: “The Book gives them the right to speak, and they believe in it.

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El- Imam An Nawawi may Allah be merciful to him said: crying while reciting the Holy Quran is a clear sign for those who fear Allah, it is a sign that they know Allah petty well throughout his sacred words. And reciting the Holy Quran( reading it with Tajweed rules) makes sound hearts beat with fear of Allah then they feel vibes of comfort and relief touch their whole parts of the body.

Allah the Almighty and the most wise said in his book: “God has sent down the best of narrations: A Scripture consistent and paired. The skins of those who reverence their Lord shiver from it, then their skins and their hearts soften up to the remembrance of God. Such is God’s guidance; He guides with it whomever He wills. But whomever God leaves astray, for him there is no guide.” Surah Az- Zumar verse. 23.

Usefulness And Purpose of Intonation

The most important benefit of learning intonation is to keep the tongue clean from recitation errors or what is known by (Al lahn) the intonation errors.

There are two kinds of intonation errors:

Obvious Intonation Errors

It is when errors are related to the language vocabularies (semantic utterances) and it affects the meaning of the context and disturbs it. It may cause misunderstanding. The second kind of intonation error ( Al Lahn) is named:

The Cryptic Intonation Errors

It is the error which doesn’t change the meaning of the context but it violates the rules of intonation such as reciting the Quran without articulating khonna ( when the letter sound that flies on the nostril) or reciting the Holy Quran without giving the proper maad of a letter. And its example is replacing one letter or changing one motion with another. This intonation error is determined by agreement among scholars. 

How Can Non-Arabic Speakers Learn Tajweed?

You can learn Tajweed online with trusted academies and Arab teachers, but this is not an easy matter for it requires a person with specific educational skills. It requires a teacher who is excellent at the recitation of the Holy Quran, has a good command of its rules, accomplished in both the Arabic language and the language that the rules will be translated into. It requires a native Arabic language teacher. As Allah, The Almighty Said in his book: “We never sent any messenger except in the language of his people, to make things clear for them. God leads astray whom He wills, and guides whom He wills. He is the Mighty, the Wise.” Surah Ibrahim verse.4.

That’s why there aren’t so many Tajweed books written in other languages except the Arabic language. Tajweed books have rarely been written in other than Arabic, and even when they are written in other languages,  they are just summaries. They are not perfect or precise. So those who aspire to learn Tajweed knowledge should seek a native Arabic teacher who is efficient and qualified in the Tajweed knowledge.

There are messages in the Holy book of Allah containing Quranic verses recitation with beautiful intonation (Tajweed) and with them, there is an atmosphere of harmony sending vibes of relief. And that is a strong reason that can push you forward to learn Tajweed from a native Arabic teacher to be able to receive these vibes of relief. Many schools and online Academies provide courses on related subjects like Islamic religious courses related to languages like Quranic recitation or teaching Tajweed of the Holy Quran.

Practically all learners including children and adults join these Quranic Schools for two or three years, usually; there they learn the rudiments of Islam and Arabic linguistics and the essentials of Tajweed.

So if you need to master the Quran recitation with good intonation (Tajweed ), you have to find and join one of these schools or online Academies to learn the Quran intonation of the Holy Quran. You have to find a native Arabic teacher to learn from. As Allah The Almighty Said in his Holy book: Indeed, We have sent” it down as an Arabic Qur’an that you might understand.”

What Distinguish Sheikhy Academy from Other Academies

Sheikhy Academy is famous for its well-educated and dedicated staff. Shaykhi Academy’s tutors are distinct with a long educational experience, teaching efficiency, and professionalism. They are well educated, Linguistically and methodologically. They are having a good command of modern approaches of teaching Tajweed such as the Noraniah approach and other approaches. They don’t teach Quran intonation (Tajweed) with old fashion methods or ways.

Also, Sheikhy Academy’s instructors teach Tajweed with the new modern techniques using the best means of technology. Tutors of Shaykhi Academy are doing their best to facilitate the learning process as well as encourage the learners to engage in the learning process efficiently and efficiently. They make the learner feel that the learning process is enjoyable and easy.

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Knowledge of intonation (Tajweed) is a core prerequisite and an individual asset for serious students of knowledge. For the majority of Muslims living in the west today obtaining a good knowledge of Tajweed rules seems verily difficult and maybe it seems impossible for some non-native Arabic speakers.

Shaykhi Academy’s tutors’ mission is to present the intonation knowledge (Tajweed) which may seem difficult and complex to some learners, in a simple and deductive way. So if you’re willing to learn Tajweed online don’t hesitate to join us!

The Editor: Raghad Qasim


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