The book ‘The Children’s Bequest’ written by Egyptian scholar Sulayman al-Jamzuri [d. 1198H] has been an amazing gift for the Islamic tradition since 12th century. Since that time, this book has been a research method of teaching Tajweed which is the art of reciting 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. It is obvious that Dr. Abu Zayd has spent tremendous time contemplating the best translations for each and every couplet, and the explaining them in simple, lucid English, This work has raised the bar for translations of this genre.