Ahmad is a 5 year old student who knows nothing about Arabic. His father is eager to teach him how to read Quran correctly online since there is no Islamic center near his house. After clarifying this intention, the teacher chooses to teach Ahmad a course of learning Tajweed for beginners. At first, the teacher discusses some important issues with Ahmad’s father to make good use of the course. These issues are concerned with the following questions:
To help Ahmad’s father to realize the importance of the effort to be exerted, the teacher started to give him a brief introduction on the Tajweed course.
Linguistically, Tajweed is an Arabic word coming from the verb “Jawwada;” i.e., to beautify something. This means that it is a way to beautify Quran recitation in a specific manner coming to us from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
For the applied meaning, Tajweed is articulating every letter from its articulation point and giving the letter its rights [the required characteristics] and dues [temporary manners].
This branch of knowledge mainly depends on listening and oral receipt. Thus, the rule setter from the practical point of view is the Prophet (pbuh), because the Quran was revealed to him from Allah the Most High with Tajweed. However, the rules setters from the scientific point of view are the scholars of Quranic sciences.
Tajweed mainly depends on 4 matters:
The parent seems interested in the new information he receives from the teacher, so he asks: Why is it important to learn Tajweed? The teacher says:
The main fruit is to preserve the tongue from mistakes in pronunciation of the Glorious Quran during reading. Indeed, this importance was highly illustrated when the Arabs mixed with non-Arabs after the spread of Islam. Thus, the Muslims feared that the Arab tongue would become corrupted with this intermixing, [Tajweed Rules of the Qur’an by Kareema Carol, Ch. 1, Principles of Tajweed, p. 23 & 24].
Ahmad’s parent is now convinced with the importance of learning Tajweed for beginners. He asks again: How do I teach my child tajweed?, as he knows nothing about Arabic? I want to start early with him to be easy to master the articulation points and manners.
The teacher answers:
First we need to learn the Arabic letters as they are the main component in the Quran. We will learn how to pronounce each letter with different vowels that can accompany it.
At that time, we depend on the oral approach only if we read the Quran with the kid.
After mastering the letters, we move to learn how to recite Quran with Tajweed. Thus, we start to learn Tajweed practical rules, like the rules of the Non-voweled Meem and the Non-voweled Noon.
In this phase, we can practice recitation partially from Mushaf by focusing mainly on the rule we are studying.
It will be useful also for the parent to have an idea about the Tajweed with an ability to recite Quran correctly to help his kid. Learning is a lifelong approach. It’s highly recommended to connect our souls with knowledge related to the book of Allah the Almighty.
The teacher continues his words saying:
Of course the time of the class is not enough to master recitation with Tajweed. That’s why we give the students assignments to master the skill. The assignment usually depends on the age and the capacity of the student. The parent role is important here to follow up to support the process.
Using this website depends on your level. If your kid is just a beginner, knowing nothing about recitation, just depend on listening and repeating.
After learning the Arabic letters and starting to learn the Tajweed rules, as mentioned earlier, specify an amount of Ayat according to your capability, listen to them as a whole, then listen to one Ayah or even part of it, then pause and repeat after the Sheikh with your eyes in the Mushaf in all the process. The website mentioned provides the option of selecting the number of times you need to replay.
Moreover, understanding the meanings of the Quran is very important, and this website will help you. You can choose the translation you prefer from the settings. I suggest for you Fadel Soliman, Bridges’ translation or DR. Mustafa Khattab translation.
The Quran is a group of messages from Allah the Almighty to us to understand, reflect and apply to reach happiness here and in the Hereafter.
The parent is now curious to know about the duration of the Tajweed journey for his kid. So the teacher says:
Starting to learn the Arabic letters with their different shapes of vowels and other related basics, usually takes about three month in normal conditions. Of course, there are some exceptions for that.
Then starting to learn the Tajweed major rules can take extra 6 to 9 months.
This means that the normal kid can have the basics of mastering recitation in about one year if he takes 2 hours per week regularly and keeps practicing at home.
Like any other road of success, the journey of the Quran has its hardships and obstacles. No one can continue in this journey except by:
The Muslim parent should remind himself of the importance of taking his kid to the way of Allah the Almighty. This kid could turn to be a continuous good deed after death.
Your kid may lose interest throughout the journey for any reason. It’s your role as a parent to support him to continue by convincing him of the importance of learning the Quran to be one of the best people that Allah the Almighty loves.
Also, you can motivate him by presents and positive words showing his progress with the assistance of his teacher. You can help his teacher to know about his preferences and type of personality to help in this process as well.
In short, as Allah the Almighty says in the Quran:
“And those who strove for Us—We will surely guide them in Our ways, for Allah is most surely with those who excel in doing good,” [Quran, 29: 69].
After this rich discussion between the teacher and Ahmad’s father, Ahmad now is ready to take the free trial of the Online Quran classess for kids. It’s time for you also to start the journey of the Quran with your kid, as you will be accounted for him before Allah the Almighty.