Tarteelul Quraan is a Madrasah offering our children a comprehensive Islamic Education, which inculcates universal values from the Quraan and Sunnah.
In this time and era when technology has advanced tremendously and man has progressed in matters pertaining to Dunya to such heights that were once unimaginable, we therefore find that it is imperative to also enhance our knowledge and quality of Deen. The core of Islam is the Noble Quraan. Allah Ta’aalah has entrusted man with the responsibility of correctly reciting the Noble Quraan.
For centuries, man has adopted the noble task of reciting and memorizing the Noble Quraan in the manner revealed to Rasoolullah (Sallalahu alayhi wasallam) which is of great virtue.
Ibn Mas‟ud (Radhi Allahu anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallalahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Whosoever reads one letter of the book of Allah Ta‟ala is rewarded with one blessing and one blessing is multiplied ten times in reward. I do not say that (alif laam meem) is one letter, but (alif) is one letter (laam) is one letter and (meem) is one letter.”
Abu Sa‟eed (Radi Allahu anhu) says that Rasulullah (Sallalahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Almighty Allah Ta‟ala says, “If anybody finds no time for My thikr and for making Dua to Me, because of his remaining busy with the Quraan, I shall give him more than what I give to those who beg favours of Me. The greatness of the Word of Allah Ta‟ala over all other words is like the greatness of Allah Ta‟ala over the entire creation.”
„Uqbah ibn Aamir (Radhi Allahu anhu) narrated that Rasulullah (Sallalahu alayhi wasallam) said: “If the Quraan is placed in a skin and then put in the fire, it will not get burnt.” The second narration can be understood from the Hadith of Abu Ummamah (Radhi Allaho anho) which says, “Learn the Quraan by heart, because Almighty Allah does not punish the heart which contains the Quraan.”
Ali (Radhi Allahu anhu) says that Rasulullah (Sallalahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Whoever reads the Quraan and learns it by heart, and regards what it makes halaal as halaal and its haraam as haraam, will be entered into Jannah by Allah Ta‟ala who will also accept his intercession for ten such persons of his family who were destined to go to Jahannam.”
Rasulullah (Sallalahu alayhi wasallam) said, “Reading the Quraan by heart carries one thousand rewards, while reading the Quraan looking inside increases it up to two thousand rewards‟.
The above Ahadeeth indicate the great virtues of reciting and memorizing the Noble Quraan. It is however very sad that in recent time, dedication and concentration has been solely for committing the Noble Quraan to memory, regardless of the quality of recitation, not much or in some cases no importance is given to the correct method of recitation, pronunciation, rules and regulations of the Noble Quraan. This is totally against the command of the Noble Quraan.
Therefore our quest for correctly reciting the Noble Quraan is divinely inspired by the verse of the Noble Quraan:
"And recite the Quraan with Tarteel (slow measured pace)". (Surah Muzzammil- Verse 4).
Explanation: Ali (R.A.) says, Tarteel means:-To beautify the letters (by correct pronunciation) and recognize the correct places of Waqf (Stopping).
Huzaifah (R.A.) narrates that Rasoolullah (S.A.W.) mentioned : "There are many reciters of the Noble Quraan whom the Noble Quraan curses".
Ulama explain that one of the reasons for the Noble Quraan cursing its reciter is due to incorrect pronunciation and lack in practicing upon the rules and regulations of reciting the Noble Quraan. (The above narration will exclude those individuals, whom despite making an effort are naturally unable to recite correctly).
Ai‟shah (Radi Allaho anha) narrates that Rasulullah (Sallalahu alayhi wasallam) once said: “one who reads the Quraan will be in the company of those noble and righteous angels who are scribes (writers); and the one who has difficulty in reading the Quraan, and has to work hard to learn it, gets double the reward”.
Alhamdulillah, we are blessed with many Huffaaz in our Communities but unfortunately very few recite in the required manner, which is leading to the deterioration of the quality of Noble Quraan.
One should remember that:
"Quraan with incorrect recitation does not remain Quraan".