LEARN QURAN WORD BY WORD
Quran is the Holy Book of Allah which was revealed on Prophet Muhammad SAWW. At the time of the revelation of the Holy Quran to the heart of Prophet Muhammad SAWW, He starts reciting by the tongue as explained in the Quran. Sahaba (companions of Prophet Muhammad SAWW) learned the Quran recitation from the basic source of the complete Religion, Prophet Muhammad SAWW and they teach the Tabiyeen. Then every generation learned it from the previous one. The Holy Quran has been revealed in pure Arabic, so its accent should be like the Arabs. Prophet Muhammad SAWW said:
“Read the Holy Quran according to the Arabs style of reciting”
Allah SWT has ordered his Messenger Prophet Mohammad SAWW and all Muslims also to recite the Quran like the way it was revealed. Allah SWT says in the Holy Quran:
“Read the Quran calmly.” [Surah Muzammel: 4]
Read the Quran with beautiful voices that enhance the beauty of the Holy Quran. If you want to be from the ones who are best in the eyes of Allah, learn the Quran, excel in it, and then teach it to others. The Prophet Muhammad SAWW said:
“The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.”
The Holy Quran
Quran is the sacred, the most authentic, and unchanged book of the Almighty Allah SWT after passing over 14 centuries from its revelation. Quran is a source of light and guidance to Muslims around the world. Quran is written and recited in the Arabic language, many Muslims with different native languages attempt to learn the Arabic language to understand the message of the Quran. Quran has approximately 77430, there are only 5155 words used repeatedly or at least once to make up those words.
Firstly you have to learn the sounds and proper pronunciation of each word. By learning the voices of all the 29 Arabic letters, you will be able to pronounce the words of the Quran. It is very easy and is similar to every language that we learn while studying, you need to learn the letters and then words that will lead to the sentences of that language. Studying the translation of the Holy Quran word by word requires deep learning and it is only possible by learning the sayings of Prophet Muhammad SAWW, the exegesis of the Sahaba, and the fundamental rules of the Arabic language.
The first step is to learn the Recitation of the Quran:
The first step to learn the Quran is to learn the Norani Qaida in the sub-continent. This is a fundamental book and teaches how to pronounce the letters of the Arabic language and the joining of these letters to form the words of the Quran. This is the most important way to learn the correct Arabic accent. Certainly before start the Quran reading we should learn Arabic letters, pronunciation, the possible connection of Arabic letters, and different vowels. All of it must be according to Tajweed which is a list of rules governing pronunciation during recitation of the Quran. It means every letter of the Arabic language should be pronounced appropriately, i.e. the place of the mouth and tongue from which every word is to be pronounced is called Maharaj. These Makharijs with the combination of the basic recitation rules such as prolongation (Madd), merging (Edgham), conversion (Iqlab), and pauses (Waqf), etc. This level of learning is compulsory for every Muslim. By learning this, the Quran can be recited without making mistakes that will change the meaning.
The Second Step is to Learn Tajweed deeply:
Tajweed is a very important knowledge if you want to make your recitation beautiful. The knowledge of Tajweed not only guides in reading the Quran but also it makes recitation beautiful. Acquiring the depth of this knowledge is not compulsory but it is proposed for Muslims to read the Holy verses in the same way our Prophet Muhammad SAWW did. It is pleasing in the eyes of ALLAH SWT if you learn Tajweed. Tajweed and its application can only be learned with a qualified Quran scholar. The rule of Tajweed can be learned individually, but the appropriate application and proper pronunciation of the letters can only be done by reading to, listening to, reciting to, and being corrected by qualified scholars of the Quran. Despite the apparent clarity of this step, it has huge significance for successful Quran learning.
The third step is to memorize the Quran:
The Prophet Muhammad SAWW said:
“Whoever reads the Quran, memorizes it, and acts upon it, on the Day of Judgment he will be clad (by angels) with a crown of light, its light is like the sunlight and his parents will be clad with two garments better than the whole world and whatever it contains.”
When you have learned basics Arabic letters and recited the Quran many times. You should go forward to start memorizing the Quran. To memorize the Quran you have to find a Hafiz that listens to the Quran from you. At this stage the most important thing is consistency. You should learn new ayah or repeat memorized every day. The Quran scholars who will listen to you, check your pronunciation and help you in difficult and similar verses which are difficult to memorize.
The fourth step is to learn the translation:
We all know that the Quran is in Arabic language and non-speakers cannot understand the language of the Holy Book. Learning translation is the most important and difficult aspect to learn although the translation of the Holy Quran is obtainable in many languages. But reading the translation is another thing and doing the translation requires years of learning. It is important to understand the meaning of the verses because it enhances attention while reciting and listening to the Holy Quran. If somebody has time and will they should learn Uloom of Quran and Hadith.
The fifth step is to learn Tafseer
Translation of the Quran is the basis of Tafseer. But Tafseer also involves the exegesis of the Quran like when and at which moment this verse was revealed etc. So Tafseer is the detailed knowledge of the Quran. The word Tafseer means “expose” so when we learn it, we can understand the hidden meaning of the verses. In the Quran, the word Tafseer is used as a further explanation.