Question:

 

1. My question is about the speed of the recitation of the qur'an during tarawih.

The accent is put on reciting the required amount of verses per night, but it seems nobody cares about tajweed. In fact for some Asian people, the quickest you recite, the greater you are. That makes asians qurra' and 'ulama look terrible in front of arab scholars and laymen alike.

With Ramadhan in summer season and with short nights, these recitations will become the norm.

2. And finally there exists this trend of reciting the qur'an in one night, where tajwid rules are literally butchered, some 'ulama say it is haram to do so, what do you say on this?

 

Answer:

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

1. The qurra have determined three modes of recitation: tarteel, tadweer and hadr. To recite the Quran quickly while following the rules of tajwid is known as hadr. From this we understand that it is not blameworthy to recite the Quran quickly as long as one's recitation can clearly be understood and he follows the rules of tajwid. However, if the recitation is not clear or the rules of tajwid are not followed then such a recitation is not permissible. [i]

 

2. To recite the Quran in tarawih one night would in principle be permissible if the recitation is clear and the hafidh abides by the rules of tajwid. However, such huffadh are rare these days, therefore it would be makruh for such huffadh to recite it in less than three nights. [ii]

 

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Sohail ibn Arif,
Student Darul Iftaa
Chicago, USA

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

KHARWASTAN

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