Published on November 1st, 2012 | by Eaalim Admin | Views: 1107310
The Arabic language contains long and short vowels; the long vowels are of varying lengths. Some of the letters are similar sounding but not exactly the same. Similarly in English, there are long and short vowel sounds, which if interchanged, will change the meaning of the word. Sometimes people who speak English as a second language find it difficult to be understood because they are mixing up the long and short vowel sounds, e.g. ‘will’ instead of ‘wheel’ or ‘bin’ instead of ‘been’. The meaning of the word is different when spoken with a short vowel instead of a long vowel. This can make the whole sentence difficult to understand or have a different meaning than intended.
This phenomenon is best demonstrated by the speech of Officer Crabtree in the BBC comedy called ‘Allo Allo’. For those who are too young to remember, Officer Crabtree is an Englishman living in France during the Second World War. He is working as a gendarme (French policeman). In an ingenious way to spoof the frequent mispronunciation of French vowels by English people, Officer Crabtree speaks words with their vowels changed e.g. ‘i’ instead of ‘a’. The result is hilarious, as the change in vowel produces a change in the meaning of the sentences so great that it is sometimes embarrassing.
Can you imagine a similar change occurring in the meaning of the Quran when it is recited incorrectly? This is why it is compulsory to recite the Quran with the ‘tajweed’ rules. Some changes in vowel length, pronunciation of letters or stops and pauses in the wrong places will result in the meaning of the sentences or phrases being changed. Other changes may not result in changes in meaning, but will reduce the beauty of the recitation and break the rhyme and rhythm of the Quran. The Quran is not a narrative like a story so that it can be paraphrased, but it is a thematic text arranged in a rhythm and rhyme and a beautiful style that is unique and miraculous when recited correctly. When not recited correctly, it is not miraculous, and is akin to being paraphrased. This results in loss of beauty, subtlety, power and changes in meaning as explained above.
The Quranic verses have divine power to heal and to protect people and their property from harm and even to render a person invisible to his enemies. For this to work it is necessary to speak the words of Allah correctly and this includes maintaining the pronunciation of each letter and the lengths of the vowels and even the way some sounds are nasalised, echoed, mixed together, elided, emphasised et cetera. Chinese speakers will appreciate this well as their language has words where meanings are changed just by changing the tone and pitch when speaking the exact same letters.
In recent years some Muslims are questioning the necessity for reciting the Quran with tajweed. While it is easy to sympathise with the majority of Muslims today, who do not understand the Arabic language, as it is not their mother tongue, they still need to make effort to learn the correct way of pronouncing and reciting the Quran, whether they understand it or not. The Scholars agree that if a person deliberately recites the Quran incorrectly, than he is sinful. For those people who find it difficult to pronounce the Arabic sounds, but make effort to learn and do their best to recite correctly, the scholars agree that they will not be sinful.
Allah (swt) has commanded that we should recite the Quran with ‘tarteel’ (slowly, rhythmically and clearly) in Surah Muzzammil [78:4]. The Prophet Muhammad (saw) has also commanded his companions to recite the Quran correctly as demonstrated by Abdullah ibn Masoud (ra) and some other companions; he (saw) mentioned that the way ibn Masoud (ra) recites the Quran is as if the Angel Gibrael (as) was reciting it. It is incumbent on all Muslims to make effort to learn the rules of recitation and strive to recite the Quran with tajweed and tarteel in their salah and outside the salah. It is easy today to find qualified teachers to learn the Quran online with as well as in the mosques and madrasas. It is important to read Quran from someone qualified in tajweed so that you can hear the Quran recited correctly and practice reciting correctly in front of a teacher that can assess and correct any errors until you can recite with tajweed yourself. If you are memorising the Quran, you also should memorise with tajweed; this will make it easier for you to memorise and it will make your recitation of the Quran more effective when you use it for Ruqya for healing or protection from jinn and black magic.
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