Weak in his tajweed, yet reciting the Qur.aan leading the prayer

Reference: Majmoo al-Fataawa wal-Maqaalaat al-Mutanawwi’ah – Volume 12, Pages 96-97

Question: I inform you that I am the imaam of a masjid in one of the suburbs of Riyadh and the problem is that I am weak in my tajweed (proper rules of recitation) during recitation and make many errors. I have memorised three parts [of the Qur.aan] and some aayaat from other Soorahs and I am afraid in my conscious. Please assist me. Should I continue as an imaam or resign?

Response: You must exert a lot of effort in memorising what you can from the Qur.aan and tajweed and be aware of the tidings of good and the protection from Allaah the Mighty and Majestic – if you have corrected your intention and strived much in that as Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) has stated:

{Whosoever fears Allaah He will make his affair easy}, [Soorah at-Talaaq, Aayah 4]

Also is the statement of the Prophet ﷺ:

«The one who excels in the Qur’aan will be with the most noble and righteous hosts, and the one who reads the Qur’aan and stammers in it and struggles with it will have two rewards», [al-Bukhaaree]

We do not therefore advise you to resign. On the contrary, we advise you to make a continuous effort and have patience and steadfastness until you are successful in learning the tajweed of Allaah’s Book and memoriaing it entirely or what is made easy for you and may Allaah accept your eforts make your affair easy.

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. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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