Learning to read the Qur.aan

Reference: Fataawa al-Lajnah ad-Daa.imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa., – Volume 12, Page 111, Question 1 of Fatwa No.19311

Question: I am unable to recite nor memorise the Qur.aan well. So what is the way to improve both my recitation and memorisation, keeping in mind that there is no-one available to teach us and we are adults?

Response: The ideal way to learn tajweed (proper recitation of the Qur.aan) is to read to a qualified shaykh. However, if no such person is available in the city, then the Sharee’ah requires and encourages one to travel in order to attain this knowledge [from a qualified shaykh]. And if this is not possible, then the Muslim should benefit from his brothers [in religion], and from audio cassettes of qualified reciters. And when Allaah knows a person’s intention is sincere, then He opens for him the doors to all good.

And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and his family and his companions.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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