Over 1400 years ago, Allaah revealed a book to the best of Angels – Jibril alayhis salaam, who then revealed it to the best of Prophets – Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him), during the best of months – the month of Ramadhan, in the best of nights – the night of al-Qadr, who then revealed it to the best of nations – the ummah of Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him). This book that deserves nothing but the best of treatment is none other than the protected, uncreated speech of Allaah Jalla wa ‘Ala – the noble Qur’aan.
“Verily, We have sent down to you (O Muhammad (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him)) the Book (this Qur’aan) for mankind in truth. So whosoever accepts the guidance, it is only for his ownself, and whosoever goes astray, he goes astray only for his own loss…” 1
Indeed the people of Qur’aan are favoured in this world and in the next; for in this world they are made to lead the salaah, and in the hereafter they are raised in levels in paradise as they recite each ayah, each verse of this Qur’aan. We ask Allaah to make us of the people of Qur’aan. Aameen.
The Qur’aan was given the best treatmeant during revelation and it also deserves such a treatment, and nothing less than that, during it’s stay with us.
“Those to whom We have given the Book, recite it as it should be recited; they are the ones who believe therein…” 2
Tajweed is a science which allows a person to implement a portion of this, to recite the Qur’aan as perfectly as possible; it allows a person to recognise and give each letter it’s right.
Some of these important rules have been collated in the form of poems, one of them being ‘Tuhfatul Atfaal – a Gift for the Children’, (children meaning here a novice to the science); it is one of the most accepted and taught texts in Tajweed. Being in the form of a poem it aids the students memorisation, as the scholars mention – there is no knowledge without memorisation.
“…and recite the Qur’aan in a slow, measured recitation.” 3
To further aid the memorisation, below is a recital of the text, which we pray is of benefit. An explanation and translation as well as the full arabic text to the poem can also be found in the PDF books below.
Murshid al-Qaari Series by Qaari Saleem Ghaybi:
Book One - Murshidul Qaari (A guide for the reciter) – An introduction to Tajweed. This book is advised to read upon before the second for a beginner. Click Here.
Book Two - Aysarul Aqwaal Sharh Tuhfatul Atfaal (The easiest of sayings in the translation of Tuhfatul Atfaal)- this is an explanation of the poem recited above, which MashaAllaah has been put together extremely well, especially for the English speaker, as the author has broken down the text word by word. Click Here.
These texts aren’t intended to replace a physical teacher, and the latter is encouraged above all other study forms. The aim is only to act as a tool aiding the student upon his/her path, providing you with the theory of basic Tajweed.
We ask Allaah to allow us to fulfill the rights of His book in recitation, memorisation, understanding, propogation and implementation to the best of our ability. And we ask Allaah to keep us patient and steadfast upon that. Aameen.