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Best Tajweed books

Best Tajweed books

Tajweed books

In order to learn Quran reading with no mistakes one should learn the various Tajweed rules, and what is better than learning from books? 

What are the tajweed rules? Tajweed are the rules that show you how to pronounce a word or letter when to stop when to hide letters, and so on. The word tajweed itself means “to perfect” “improve”, or “beautify”. Hence the science of tajweed is the science that helps us improve and beautify our Quranic reading.

Who is the founder of Tajweed?

Let’s first understand why the need for tajweed appeared. At first Islam spread between Arabs and classical Arabic was their language therefore they knew how to recite the Quran without the need for tajweed.

And Quran was spread orally at the time of the prophet. however, later on, Islam reached countries and places of non-Aabic speakers. And reciting Quran without any rules to follow was very hard and a lot of mistakes were made. Let’s take the following Hadith

A man was reciting the Quran to Abdullah ibn Masood and he recited, “InnamasSadaqâtu lil-Fuqara-i wal-Masâkeen, Ibn Mas’ud said, “This is not how the messenger of Allah (peace and blessing be upon him) recited it to me!”, so the man inquired, “how did he recite it to you?” so he said, “lil-Fuqarââ-i wal-Masâkeen”.

As you can see from the above hadith reading the holy Quran as the prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) used to recite it wasn’t easy without the tajweed rules. And many mistakes were made. Hence the tajweed rules were from the holy Quran itself and how the prophet used to recite it.

After the death of the Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) came the need to collect the Quranic surahs in one Mushaf. Because not All people are able to memorize the holy Quran, and it was hard for non-Arabic speakers to recite it. Therefore, the science of tajweed was made to help people read and understand the verses of the holy Quran.   

How do I make Tajweed better?

Reciting Quran with Tajweed is a Sunnah, and the prophet (peace and blessing be upon him) said:

“Verily the one who recites the Quran 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.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Reading hadiths and Islamic books will help you learn more. It’s better to enhance your Quran recitation, and here are some steps that will help you make your Tajweed better.

How do I start learning Tajweed?

Learning and memorizing the tajweed rules might seem hard but it’s not, and here are a few tips that will help you memorize each rule in a second.

First of all, you better consider enrolling yourself in an online course. where a professional tutor will teach the different tajweed rules and how to use them one at a time. You might now ask yourself, what is the best website to learn Quran online? And the answer is that there are many websites like Studio Arabiya, Noor Academy, and other websites. Search for the best course that suits your level and needs.

Buy some tajweed books to read. Books will help you learn better and practice what you’ve learned easily. There will be many examples and exercises. The key to enhancing your tajweed is practicing, and this step is very important.

If you’re learning on your own then don’t leave a rule without understanding it. If you face any difficulties then search for the tajweed rule on the internet and watch some YouTube videos. You will find many videos explaining the rule in an easy way to understand. Watch them and then practice it on your own. If you’re taking a course then ask your teacher to explain it more to you.

Listen to your favorite reciter and repeat after him, this will help you to memorize and understand the rule faster. Don’t stop practicing, and if you make any mistakes that’s even better because mistakes help you learn better.

Don’t let anyone get into your head or any negative thoughts stop you from learning. You will master the tajweed it just takes time. In the beginning, your progress of learning will be slow and that’s normal, once you get used to it you will learn faster.

It’s also a good idea to teach the rules that you learn to a friend or a family member, this will make you memorize the rule fast. And remember you are learning tajweed for Allah, keep reminding yourself of that and Ask Allah to help you along the way.

Follow the above steps and you will learn all the rules in no time.

Can you learn Tajweed by yourself?

Yes, you can learn the tajweed rules on your own as long as you can keep going. And in the above section, we saw how you can do so.

Best Tajweed book in English

In this section we will take a look at the best books that will help you learn Tajweed rules easily. And they are all in English.

Tajweed rules of the Quran

this is a series that consists of three books that will help you learn the rules from the beginning all the way to the advanced tajweed rules.

Tajweed Rules of the Qur’an: Part 1 أحكام تجويد القرآن

This book is the 1st part of a three part series in English on the Tajweed rules on Quran. This book acts as a guide for non-Arabs with a good grasp of English for studying tajweed of the holy Quran. It explains the articulation points of the Arabic letters, the rules of meem saakinah, noon saakinah, and lam saakinah.

It also explains all of the different lengths (mudood) and the formation of voweled, and non-voweled letters. Moreover, there is an explaination on The qalaqah mechanism, in the last chapter of this book. The author has introduced the terms in Arabic, then translated them into English. Explanations are in English with integration of Arabic terms.

Students of Qur’an cannot learn tajweed simply by studying this book. They can properly learn the Qur’anic recitation by listening to a qualified Qur’an teacher recite, then reciting to them and receiving corrections from the teacher.

The chapters of the book are:

  •       Introduction to Tajweed Manners When Reading the Qur’an
  •       The Articulation Points of the Letters
  •       The Noon Sakinah and Tanween Rules
  •       The Meem Sakinah Rules
  •       The Ghunnah
  •       The Lam Sakinah Rules
  •       The Lengths (Mudood)
  •       How Letters are Formed
  •       The Qalqalah Mechanism.

Tajweed Rules of the Qur’an: Part 2 أحكام تجويد القرآن

This book is the 2nd part of a three-part series in English on the Tajweed rules on Quran. This book acts as a guide for non-Arabs with a good grasp of English for studying tajweed of the holy Quran.

This book explains the concept of the accent(an-nabr) in the recitation of the holy Qur’an as well as the conditions of its use. It also explains and defines the important chapter on the characteristics of the letters, attenuation and velarization (tarqeeq and tafkheem) as well as the rules for idghaam terms. The author has explained different subjects in English, and translated the Arabic terms.  Furthermore, it will encourage and assist students in learning Arabic definitions and terms.

This second part is for the students who have studied and mastered the first part, or have studied everything covered in the first part.


Tajweed Rules of the Qur’an: Part 3 أحكام تجويد القرآن

This book is the final part of a three-part series in English on the Tajweed rules of Quran. This book acts as a guide for non-Arabs with a good grasp of English for studying tajweed of the holy Quran.

This book explains and provides details about the start and stop while reading the holy Qur’an, for example: What kind of of stop is allowed, what kind of stop is forbidden, what kind of stop is preferred.

This book explain about the stopping on the ends of words with strong endings (consonants) as well as rules what is allowed on the last letter of the word, including ar-room (الروم) and al-ishmaam (الإشمام).

It also explains stopping on the ends of words with weak endings (words ending in the alif, ya’ or wow). Furthermore, it clarifies different rules and explanations for these types of words.

Tajweed untangled

 In order to learn the art of Quran recitation, Tajweed Untangled is definitely the crystal-clear guide. Basically, anybody can learn tajweed with clear-cut instructions and practice, and this book will guide the learner along this way.

With this book, children and adult learners can get a beneficial and enjoyable experience through the clear and effective method of teaching tajweed.

The main features of Tajweed Untangled

  •       Starting from the basics, this book has all the main rules of tajweed so that learners from any level can get started.
  •       The exercises are designed in a way that learners can understand and remember the rules easily.
  •       The rules are then stated clearly in plain English so that learners can recall them with ease.
  •       There are lots of practice exercises so learners can implement the rules immediately.
  •       The layout of the book is spacy and clear so you can make sense of what is sometimes regarded as a hard subject.

Tajweed City Series (Set of 4 books) سلسلة مدينة التجويد

The Tajweed City series by Hatim Suhaimat, set of 4 topics, is an excellent learning series for creating Quranic generation. It teaches students the rules of Tajweed through an exciting story of a character named Zaid who goes into the adventures in a world that is between reality and fantasy, which represents the throat and the mouth. Zaid learns the characteristics, the letters, and makharji through reading and coloring. This four parts story is appropriate for children 7 and up. The four topics are:

  •       Zaid’s Adventures with Sukun in Tajweed City.
  •       Surprises with the Points of Articulation.
  •       Visiting Ms. Nun and Mr. Tanween .
  •       Zaid in the Hands of the Letter with Ghunna and Shadda.

Children’s Bequest the Art of Tajweed 3rd Edition

The book ‘The Children’s Bequest’ written by Egyptian scholar Sulayman al-Jamzuri has been an amazing gift for the Islamic tradition since the 12th century.

Since that time, this book has been a research method of teaching Tajweed which is the art of reciting the Qur’an. Besides, It has always been the most utilized text for the teachers of Tajweed, which is a testimony of its foremost standing among all the resources of learning the science of Tajweed.

Abu Zayd’s translation of this book contains this poem which is incorporated within a textbook on the science of Tajweed, based upon the Qur’anic reading of Hafs on the authority of Imam ‘Asim.

The masterful choice of wording and the poetic license displayed, which remains faithful to the Arabic intent while producing an English rhyme, is a feat of genius that can scarcely be reproduced.

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