The Quran is not an ordinary speech. In fact, it is the word of Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) and its every syllable is from Allah. About the writing style, which the Quran utilizes, the method in it is inimitable. However, when its recitation is done correctly, then the exact effect of Quran can be observed and experienced.
That is why its recitation needs to be done with Tajweed. The word Tajweed is derived from the word “جوّد,” which linguistically means to make better or to improve. In its application to the Quran, it means to connect every letter with its particular exit point and giving its rights and dues.
The Quran was revealed with Tajweed rules to Jibraeel-e-Ameen (عليه السلام ), directly from Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) Himself. Jibraeel-e-Ameen (عليه السلام ) then taught it in the same way as it was revealed to him to Prophet Mohammad صلى الله عليه وسلم and the Prophet Mohammad صلى الله عليه وسلم taught it to his companions, As-Sahaba (رضي الله عنهم ) who then taught to Tabie’en.
They, in turn, taught to Tab’a Tabie’en and so the chain goes on till it reaches to us. Tajweed is the miracle of Qur’an and specifically associated with it. Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) says in the Qur’an: “وَرَتِّّلِّ الْقُرْآنَ تَرْتِّيلاً” (4: المزمل )
“And recite the Quran (aloud) in a slow, (pleasant tone and) style.” Hazrat Ali Ibn Abi Talib (رضي الله عنه ), when asked about the meaning of the word “ترتيل,” said: “الترتيل، تجويد الحروف ومعرفة الوقوف”
i.e., tarteel is to recite the Quran with Tajweed of the letters (مخرج (exit point) and صفات (characteristics)) and knowing to stop (الوقوف ) on a word or a verse.
Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ) says in the Quran: “الذين ءاتينهم الكتاب يَتْلُونَهُ حَقَّ تِّلَاوَتِّهِّ….”
( البقرة: 121 )
“Those who We (Allah) have given the Book, recite it with its true recital.”
i.e., implement on its teachings, obey what is allowed and forbid what is not allowed and also to recite it, in the way it was revealed and taught by Allah (سبحانه وتعالى ).
This Online Quran academy aims to let the students learn the correct pronunciation of Quran by learning all the tajweed rules in detail, by offering different courses containing all ten different recitation styles, along with attaining an ijazah/certificate for a particular course/recitation at the end.