“and recite the Qur’an (aloud) in a slow, (pleasant tone and) style”


The primary aim of this course is to provide the students with the necessary knowledge to be able to recite the Qur’an with correct Tajweed. Level 1 introduces the student to the main rules of recitation. The course is based on both theory and practice so by the end of the course the student will be familiar with Tajweed rule terminology and the knowledge of their application.

The course will be taught in English whilst preserving the Arabic terminology for the rules. Pronunciation, confidence and retention of information will be facilitated with practice and participation of the whole class. Therefore, to maximize the achievable benefit, the class size will be restricted to ten.
The course consists of two parts, in the first part we will be covering the following topics:

1. Introduction to the course:
• Student introduction and familiarisation
• The virtue of learning the Qur’an
• The importance of the knowledge of Tajweed
• Introduction to Tajweed
• Manners and etiquette when reciting the Noble Qur’an
• Prostrations of recitation
• The seeking of refuge with Allah and saying the Basmalah
• Levels of recitation
• The principles of Tajweed
• Mistakes in recitation (al-Lahn)
• An elaboration upon some common errors

2. The articulation points of the letters:
• The letters of the throat
• The letters of the empty spaces in the throat and mouth
• The letters of the tongue
• The letters of the two lips
• The letters of the nasal passage

3. The Rules for Noon Saakinah and the Tanween:
• The definition of the Noon Saakinah and the Tanween
• Al-Iqlaab
• Al-Idghaam
• Al-Idhaar
• Al-Ikhfaa

4. The Rules for Meem Saakinah:
• Al-Ikhfaa Ash-Shafawi
• Al-Idghaam As-Sagheer
• Al-Idhaar Ash-Shafawi

5. The Rules for Laam Saakinah:
• Al-Idhaar
• Al-Idghaam
• Al-Ghunnah
• Al-Qalqalah

6. The Mudood:
• The Definition of Al-Madd
• Types of Mudood
a) Madd At-Tibee’ee (Al-Asli) - The Natural Madd
I. Madd Al-‘Iwadh
II. Madd As-Silatus Sughra (The Lesser connecting Madd)
b) Al-Madd Al-Fari’ee - The Secondary Madd
I. The Madd caused by the Hamzah
II. The Madd caused by The Sukoon

In the second part of the level students will be practicing and applying all the Tajweed rules, which is been taught in the first part throughout 22 short surah, from surah Al-Naas until surah Al-Duhaa
Current SAIS students wishing to enroll should have successfully completed SAIS introductory level Arabic. Prospective students who are not registered with SAIS should be familiar with the Arabic script and its relevant terminology.

Furthermore, students are asked to have memorized a few short surah’s before joining the course. This is to enhance the benefit to the student so that rules of recitation can be applied straight away to known examples.
The textbook which will be used as the main point of reference will be ‘Tajweed of the Quran’ by Kareema Carol Czerepinski. This will be provided free of charge at the beginning of the course. The teacher will also use supplementary handouts as well as audio tools to demonstrate levels of recitation and correct application of the discussed rules. Students are also encouraged to bring and use a single Mushaf they are familiar with as this aid with retention of the rules as well as memorization of the Qur’an.
Homework will be given every lesson to connect the student with subject, homework carries 20 % of the total mark to pass to the next level. By the end of the course students will be taking a writing exam which carries 50 % and oral exam (Reciting) which carries 30 %.
There many Tajweed references to support students in this level, however, most of these references are in Arabic language which is might be not suitable for non-Arabic students speakers. Here are some of the most well-known books:

1. Recitation of the Holy Qur’an. Tajweed I
(By Madiha Makki)
2. A course in Ilm Al-Tajweed. (The Science of Reciting the Qur’an)
(By Dr Muhammad Ibrahim H I Surty)
3. A brief introduction to Tajweed
(By Umm Muhammed)

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  • Qur'anic Studies: £200
  • 10 Days