Tajweed describes the rules that are used for pronouncing the alphabets of the Arabic Language used in the Quran. The word Tajweed is derived from trilateral root j-wd which means to make something well or better. In other words, it also means to improve something. Tajweed is not obligatory but is preferred. It makes the Quran sound more compelling and accurate. One should try his best to recite the Quran as well as he can, which is where the Tajweed comes in. The rules of Tajweed include;
- Emission point – there are 17 emission points in the Quran.
- Prolongation – it refers to the number of beats of time that are pronounced
- Vowelless letters
- Qalqalah – it means to add a slight bounce to the specific letters ق ط د ج ب.
- Wasi – it means to not pronounce the letter alif
- Waqf – an Arabic word that means to pause
Manners for reciting the Quran
Along with these, there are certain manners that one must follow while reading the Quran. The person needs to understand the origin of the word. The person should fully indulge himself in the verses and block away from all the worldly thoughts that come to his mind. One should try to read the Quran as accurately as possible. Before reading or touching the Quran one must be vigilant of purity of body and mind. His clothes and place of sitting must also be clean. All these manners and rules are taught to a person at a very early age. A person who has converted newly to Islam can seek the guidance of online scholars that teach Quran classes online. These scholars are fully educated and experienced to teach everyone about the proper ways of reading the Quran.