So, I’m trying to learn tajweed. For those who may not know, Tajweed is the perfect recitation of the Qur’an in it’s original Arabic script. Why would I even attempt such a thing (when it is not obligatory in Islam to learn anything other than the Fatiha (first chapter we say in every prayer)? Well,
As an authentic hadith in At-Tirmithee states The Prophet (saw) said:: “Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif, Laam, Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “laam” is a letter and “meem” is a letter.” So increase your recitation of the Qur’an to gain these merits, and to gain the following merit as well.
I just learned the Alphabet in March and have progressed reading since then. Two weeks ago, my tajweed class began. I am not going to lie. No matter how much I practice, It is difficult for me. My teacher is wonderful and patient. Never insulting or rude.Maybe it is my southern accent that gives me a hard time pronouncing the words or maybe I just want to use that as an excuse. I don’t know. All, I know is that I have to fight myself to go to the class. I find myself making a hundred excuses to get out of it. Though, I always end up there in class with the rest of my peers being corrected over and over again. Everyone else seems to be getting it. Therefore, It is truly a humbling experience. I don’t mean to sound arrogant but I have always had a good memory and I’m not stupid either. 😉 Though, this seems to be my struggle. It is what I have been given now to see if I keep on with it or if I let it go and give up. Maybe it is my test from Allah. May Allah help me to remain steadfast and give me the patience and ability to learn to recite His beautiful words. ameen.
Aa’ishah, may Allah be pleased with her, relates that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]