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assalamulaikum brothers and sisters
i have a question and was wondering if anyone can answer? a haafiz would probably know the answer.
i am not a very good arabic reader i started to learn how to read arabic but because i have three children i could not keep up with it. my question is if a person learns quran from cds and learns how to memorize it and recite it would that be like actually physically picking up the quran and reading it or not.
because im trying my best and have actually learnt alot of surahs by just learning them from cd.
can someone please answer?
07-12-2006, 02:59 PM
You may learn some short surahs from listening to cd's, but it is highly unlikely that you will memorize the entire Quran or a substantial portion of it without memorizing from the mushaf. The reason for this is that when you use the same mushaf to memorize the Quran, you mind makes a visual map of each page. This visual map is perhaps the most essential part of hifz.
23-05-2007, 12:39 AM
From my basic and limited understanding - it is best to learn how to visually read, as well as orally apply the rules of recitation which can change, depending on whether you are pausing or stopping - which affects the meaning based on 'Arabic grammatical rules.
When listening to audio recitation - it is possible to memorize it - however, it is being a mere parrot with no understanding of the principles and correct application of of the rules of tajweed. This is how children learn because their memory is like a sponge, yet they do not yet have the ability for comprehension of complex rules to be explained to them.
For more information - please refer to:
Tajweed Rules in English
Understanding Qur'anic Arabic
Another thought is that you have to have the correct places of articulation for each and every letter because it can change the meaning of what you are reciting from 'belief' to 'disbelief' LITERALLY, which is a very serious matter that we all want to avoid. For example, if you pronounce the letter Arabic letter 'kaaf' in the 'Arabic word "kalb" (with the English meaning of "dog") as the arabic letter 'qaaf' in the Arabic word "qalb" (with the English meaning of "heart") - you get a totally different meaning of the passage/sentence you are reading, etc.
This is one reason WHY it is ESSENTIAL to learn correctly from the beginning. Also - I have heard of many people 'memorizing' without the correct articulation points and knowing the rules of recitation - and it is ten times as hard to correct than learning correctly the first time.
My sincere advice is to take a beginner's tajweed course beginning with the letters and learning the correct articulation points, and then read orally to a qualified instructor and have them correct you. And then slowly learn the theoritical rules of tajweed and learn to orally apply them correctly; and also learn the meanings of what you are reading - and apply it to your life. Then you should begin memorizing correctly, insha'Allah.
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