Learning is a journey that shall never stop in Muslim’s life generally. When it comes to learning to read Quran in specific, the matter will be more emphatic. May be you are eager to learn to read Quran for adults, but you don’t know the correct way to do so.
Also, I know that there is a bulk of questions haunting your mind about how to learn to read Quran for adults. For example, how long does it take to learn the Quran? Can I learn Quran by myself? How can I learn to read Quran fluently? What is the easiest way to read Quran, or is there an easy way to learn to read Quran? And finally, how long does it take to learn the Quran?
To begin with, there are a group of recommended tips that will help you to read Quran; spiritual and practical ones.
Sincerity is the secret of acceptance for any act of worship in Islam. As the Prophet (pbuh) says, “(The value of) an action depends on the intention behind it. A man will be rewarded only for what he intended.” Thus, if you purify your intention in your journey to read Quran, your effort will be accepted regardless of the result. If you know this, you will feel power to learn to read Quran. In general, salvation in Islam is mainly through purification of heart followed by abiding to the Prophet way of worship.
As human beings, we are so limited and weak. Also, we are combined with desires that permanently push us to the earth that we are created from. Therefore, if we depend on ourselves, it will be impossible to be elevated to the heaven to nourish our souls. Indeed, seeking support of Allah the Almighty is necessary in every act of worship. Of utmost importance in this context is learning to read Quran.
The Opening Chapter in Quran ’Surat al-Fatihah’ emphasizes the importance of both purification and seeking support. As a Muslim, you repeat at least 17 times a day this Ayah: “ It is You we worship, and it is You we call for help.”
As Muslims, we believe that this life is a place where we have a test that will decide our ultimate destination in the Hereafter. Thus, if you reflect on that day and the necessity of preparing yourself well for it, it will be easy for you to exert effort to learn to read Quran.
One of the important tips that will help you to learn to read Quran for adults is to realize the main purpose of Quran revelation. Allah the Almighty has revealed this noble book to the Prophet (pbuh) to guide us to our happiness. Thus, you need to learn how to read this book and how to understand its messages to be able to apply them well.
Beside the spiritual tips mentioned above, there are some practical tips that will be beneficial as well to learn to read Quran for adults. You may ask yourself:
Can I learn Quran by myself? Or How can I learn to read Quran fluently? What is the proper way to read the Quran?
Here is the answer:
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has received Quran orally from Angel Gabriel (pbuh) received from Allah the Almighty. Thus, the main way to receive Quran is to listen to it directly from another expert person, then to recite before him/her to let them correct your mistakes.
Allah the Almighty states in Quran:
“So when We have recited it [through Gabriel], then follow its recitation,” [Quran, 75: 18].
In contrast, learning Quran by yourself doesn’t ensure fluency as there is no one who will help you to correct your mistakes. Yes, listening to audios helps a lot in practicing and enhancing your ability, but there is no guarantee for grasping every point of articulation and other Tajweed rules in a correct manner. More importantly, there is a high possibility of making a major mistake like changing one vowel and similar stuff. Then, the matter will go worse as these mistakes will be fixed. Thus, it will be too hard for you to correct later unless by duplicating effort.
Moreover, learning Tajweed rules with a professional Quran teacher will help you to read Quran fluently. To illustrate, when you learn the points of articulation and manners for every letter, you will be able to master the pronunciation of Arabic letters, by practice, even if you are not an Arab.
Also, when you learn about the rules of non-voweled Noon, non-voweled Meem and lengthening types ‘Mudood,’ this will add a noticeable value to your level of recitation.
Adding to that, when you learn about the signs of pauses and stops in Quran, your recitation will go with the correct meanings of Quran; i. e. sometimes if you cut your recitation in an improper position, you totally change the meaning of the Ayah.
One of the best Quran reciters is Sheikh al-Husary. You can listen to his recitation from here.
If your level is intermediate in recitation, 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.
However, if you are still a beginner, you need to learn Arabic letters first to make good use of the previous process. But you still can play the audio depending on listening more than the prior one.
Listening is beneficial in acquiring and improving the listening skill in general. Moreover, it adds to you good deeds as listening to the Quran is an act of worship.
You will need an interpretation for the meanings of the Quran, 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. More importantly, keep asking the trusted Quran scholars if you find a meaning that you don’t understand or you are in doubt with.
Frankly speaking, no gain without pain; easy come easy go! This life is built on exerting effort to gain the result. Learning the Quran is one of the noble goals you have to fight for. You will pay time, effort and sometimes money to learn because you are still in life.
Don’t allow anyone to deceive you by saying that you can master Quran recitation in one week or even one month in normal cases, if you are not an Arab or you don’t know Arabic. Try to follow the previous tips and for sure you will find a noticeable progress after three month of continuity in Quran class.
Indeed, still there is a chance to learn. Don’t lose hope. Remember this Prophet’s Saying:
“The one who is proficient in the recitation of the Quran will be with the honorable and obedient scribes (angels) and he who recites the Quran and finds it difficult to recite, doing his best to recite it in the best way possible, will have two rewards,” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
There is no specific timing for learning the Quran. The matter totally depends on the person’s skills, persistence and level of previous knowledge and experience. In case of continuity and self-discipline, the beginner with no prior knowledge about Arabic can read basically after three to four months. In some cases, it could be less or more than this.
For the level of mastery, the adult needs six to eight months of continuity and self-discipline as well. Practicing and following the instructions of the Quran teacher can help in this case also.
To end up, if you feel that these tips will help to learn to read Quran for adults, then it’s your time to share this article with those you care about. Also, if you feel like time goes away you should start now, and seize the opportunity to start earlier with your kids in this noble journey. Riwaq Al Azhar provides online Quran classes for kids with qualified Quarn tutors who are working continuously to deliver the proper and authentic knowledge to the seekers of knowledge.