Hadith Bukhari, زينوا أصواتكم بالقرآن means beautify your voices with the Qur’an.  This means that the Qur’an should be recited beautifully.  Word تجويد also means beautification.  According to Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, التجويد هو تحسين الحروف ومعرفة الوقوف , which means that Tajweed is the beautification of the letters and the knowledge of correct stops (for breathing during recitation).  What would be better than spending time in learning to beautify the most beloved book to Allah, the Exalted!

There are عشرة قرآت (ten reciting styles) that are linked back to the Prophet Muhammad, صلى الله عليه وسلم .  Seven of them are famous.  One of them is called قراأت حفص عن عاصم .  Ummsalman teaches this recitation style on wiziq.com to women on Tuesdays at 9.00 pm EST and  to men on Thursdays at 8.30 pm EST.  For online classes register here.

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To listen and practise the correct recitation, the suggestion would be that you choose a qari known for his close to perfect recitation, turn his reciation on, open the Qur’an and the surah the qari is reciting, listen to him once and then recite along with him nine times.  Practise the same verses for seven days before moving on to the next lesson.  Continue with this practise. It is always advisable to recite to a teacher to get evaluated.  So do find a teacher, either online or on-site and get evaluated after practising with the qari. There are many beautiful reciters like as-Sudais, al-Huzaifi, al-Ghamidi, al-Basfar and others.  But some well known reciters for learning are:

Mishary al-Afaasy

Siddique al-Minshawi

Muhammad Ayoob

Ibrahim al-Akhdhar

Haroon Baqai

To learn the rules of tajweed go to abouttajweed.com.

Beautiful  Al-Quran al-Kareem script with Index of surahs

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