QUR’AN READING MADE EASY
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Qur’an Reading Made Easy
The Qur’an, every single word of it, is the most glorious word of Almighty Allah – direct; unadulterated; pure; authentic; original; and clear.
It was revealed by Allah to Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, to be a complete guide for humanity in all its affairs.
The Qur’an, thus, was revealed for the specific purposes of being:
It is, therefore, the duty of every Muslim to read the Qur’an; to understand the Qur’an; and to endeavor his or her utmost to put the Qur’an into practice.
In their own personal and family lives as well as in their cultures and societies.
There are no ifs or buts about this. This is what Muslims are supposed to do, whether they are male or female.
And this is what really makes a person a Muslim or a non-Muslim in the truest and fullest sense of that expression.
In other words, there is no excuse whatsoever for the unfortunate state of Qur’anic illiteracy that has come to prevail in many parts of the Muslim community today.
Many Muslims today hardly know how to read the Qur’an correctly, even though the very first revelation that was sent to Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, was: “READ!”
Many are content to read what they call the Qur’an in “Transliteration” – in English and in other languages, even though it is clear that there is no way on earth to read the Qur’an correctly using “Transliteration” in any language other than Arabic.
That is why I am using the words “what they call the Qur’an.” For, what they end up reading in “Transliteration” – in any language – is not really Qur’an, it is something else.
I am sorry to have to say it that bluntly. But that is how it is and there are no two ways about it.
An even a smaller minority of Muslims can really follow and understand the meaning of the Qur’an.
By and large, ignorance has taken the place of knowledge in the Muslim community, even though Islam abhors ignorance and makes the seeking of knowledge a primary and most important duty of every believer.
“Only those among his slaves fear Allah who possess knowledge,” says the Qur’an.
Innamaa yakhshallaha min ‘ibaadihil ‘ulamaa’ is how the Qur’an puts it.
“Acquiring knowledge is the duty of every Muslim man and woman,” says the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
As if to drive home the importance of knowledge and education – education along truly Islamic lines; education which will bring humanity closer to God and not turn it away from God – Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, said: “The excellence of a scholar (‘Aalim) over a person of devotion (‘Aabid) is like my own excellence over the least distinguished among you.”
He further said that the finest form of Deen is that which is fully and properly understood.
And he said: When Allah wants to do a favor to someone, he gives that person a better knowledge and understanding of the Deen.
“One person with knowledge is harder for Shaitan to deal with than a thousand people of devotion,” is another of his well-known sayings, highlighting the absolute importance of knowledge and education.
While every Muslim must make an effort to acquire at least a certain basic understanding of the Aayaat (passages) of the Qur’an, an immediate beginning in this direction must be made by learning to read the Qur’an correctly, and, as far as possible, with due regard to proper pronunciation — what perhaps would be technically called Tajweed or Makhaarij.
The present Reader or Primer, QUR’AN READING MADE EASY, which is an English rendering, with additional comments and explanations, of the famous Qaa-idah Yassarnal Qur’an is an attempt to bring correct reading of the Qur’an within easy reach of the average English-speaking Muslims of our area and era.
This Primer should prove to be of invaluable help to you, if you get hold of a copy and start working with it. Write to us at www.IslamicSolutions.Com if you think you need a copy.
It is our expectation – and hope and prayer – that the simple, self-teaching technique and systematic approach of this book should enable you – with the help of Allah – to learn to read the Qur’an correctly, and for yourself, in less than three months, if you will only spare a regular One Hour for it every day.
Allah says so in the Qur’an, not once but in multiple places (54: 17, 54: 22, 54: 32 & 54:40):
“And indeed we have made the Qur’an easy to learn and easy to remember. Is there anyone who will care to learn?”
And we have seen this happen with our own eyes, and in our own experience, not just once or twice, but over and over.
What we saw and experienced was beyond spectacular. It was nothing short of miraculous.
People whose mother tongue was English, and who had no prior experience or background in Islam, or with Muslims, after the barest of initial teething trouble, took to this book like fish to water.
Here are the words of the Qur’an on how God made the Qur’an easy to learn:
Wa laqad yassarnal Qur’ana lidhdhikri, fa-hal min muddakir (54: 17, 54: 22, 54: 32 & 54:40).
Surely, Allah guides those who show an inclination toward him!
(All translations are my attempts at paraphrase from original Arabic texts.)
© 2012 Syed Husain Pasha
Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at]
AOL [dot] com or www.IslamicSolutions.com.
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