Quran and Sound - Tajweed

(re)learning Tajweed was one of the coolest thing I did this summer. Definitely a highlight of the year. The way Fatima and I examined every ending, and every word - trying to see why it all fits together so well. And I'm here just referring to how it sounds - the eloquence of the language is a science in it's own.

Sidi Hamza, also a Student of SunniPath, has an excellent post on sound of Arabic letters and how they contribute to the meaning.

Waallayli itha saja

"And by the Night when it is still."

Qur'an 93:2

The way the Qur'an uses the word 'when it is still' produces a tranquil tone and a smooth sound. This indicates the peace, stillness and serenity that night time provides.

The Qur'an also uses sound to build intense images, for example,

Faalmooriyati qadhan

"And the producers of sparks striking"

Qur'an 100:2

The word for sparks striking, ‘qadhan’, that is used here emits a sound that develops the sense of this image, the proximity of the ‘daal’ and the ‘ha’ is responsible for this

You can read more of Sidi Hamza's research on his blog

1 comment:

Humairah Irfan said...

Tajweed is beautiful. When I recite the Qur'an, I always feel the impact of the different verses. I feel that tajweed is not about following the rules, but actually making the ayahs come alive in your heart.
Also, the eloquence in the language is immense. In Arabic, emphasis, expression of happiness/ sadness/ surprise/ concern is all built in. It's awesome. May Allah (swt) guide us to understanding the language better.