People who seek to learn the Quran, exerting effort, time and even money in the process, are the most enlightened people on the earth. They realized the importance and power of the Quran, the most profound source of knowledge in the whole universe across time and life! That’s why people from across the globe keen on learning the Quran, interpret every word of it and even teaching the Quran to their kids.
The great attention to the Holy Book makes us wondering What really is the Quran? Why every Muslim striving to learn the Quran? and How to Learn The Quran?
What is The Quran (Koran)?
Firstly, let’s take a glance at what the Quran is to help brothers and sisters who are new to Islam or non-muslims to get to know the Quran.
The “Quran” (Koran) Word
The Quran (Koran) word comes from its original Arabic word (القُرآن) which pronounced in English (Al-Kor-AHN). Its letterly meaning in Arabic is “Recitation”. So, we can figure out that the original language of the Quran is Arabic.
The Quran’s Revealing
The Quran was orally revealed by Allah (SWT) to the last prophet, Muhammad (PBUH), through the archangel Gabriel (Jibril) incrementally over a period of some 23 years. It was revealed in the Arabic language only. Quran in any other language is only a translation of the meaning of the Quran.
The Quran Holy Book
The Holy Quran is divided into 114 Chapters and each Chapter is subdivided into individual verses. The chapters called (in Arabic: سورة) or (in English for singular: sūrah, for plural: suwar) while verses called (in Arabic: آية) (in English for singular: āyah, for plural: āyāt).
The Quran is the book of Allah, the miracle of Islam, and the Scripture of the Muslims. It deals with all the subjects which concern human beings: wisdom, doctrine, worship, transactions, law, etc., but its basic theme is the relationship between God and His creatures. At the same time, it provides guidelines and detailed teachings for a just society, proper human conduct, and an equitable economic system.
The text of the Holy Quran has remained unchanged over the past 1500 years. The millions of copies of the Quran circulating in the world today are all identical down to a single letter. And this is not strange. Because Allah says in the Holy Quran that He Himself will guard this book:
Surely it is We Who have revealed the Exposition, and surely it is We Who are its guardiansThe Holy Quran [15:9]
The most significant thing about the Quran is that that the more you know about it and read it, the more you get lost in its endless sea of knowledge. Those are not beautiful or rhythmic words about the Quran. But it’s a true experience by Lesley Hazleton, A non-muslim reads the Koran.
Why Every Muslim Should Learn The Quran?
Every Muslim should learn The Quran because it contains all needful historical examples, jurisprudential information, ethical advice, and values to succeed in this life and Ākhirahr (hereafter).
It provides us with spiritual insight and advice on how to live our lives due to the values it stresses, such as patience, generosity, and caring for others.
The Holy Quran is the sacred book of Islam. Verses (Ayat) of the Quran are the words of Allah (SWT) that were revealed to the prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as a guide for all of humanity, regardless of creed, identity, cultural background, age, or gender. As Allah (SWT) says:
This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of AllahThe Holy Quran [2:2]
The significance of the Quran is that there has never been and will never be something like it; it’s the miracle of Islam. Actually, Allah (SWT) has challenged mankind and the jinn to come up with something like the Quran, even one chapter (surah) or one verse (Ayah). But they never could do so and they will never do. Allah (SWT) says:
If mankind and the jinn gathered in order to produce the like of this Qur’an, they could not produce the like of it, even if they were to each other assistants.The Holy Quran [17:88]
Moreover, learning the Quran and/or teaching it, develops a close affinity to Allah (SWT), opens the doors of spiritual satisfaction, purify the soul, and makes you a better person. That’s why Islam gives great importance to the learning of the Quran.
How To Learn The Quran?
So, if you or your kids are ready to learn the Quran, the logical question now is how to do so? Where to find trustful resources/tutors to learn the Quran the right way?
Actually, there are 3 main methods to learn Quran:
1- Going to a Near Mosque or Islamic Center/School
If there is a near Mosque or Islamic Center/school, it’ll be a great solution to learn the Quran with the assistance of professional Quran tutors who have pre-defined Quran learning programs. Yet, learning there will be in a group of students, not through one-to-one sessions.
2- Hiring a Private Quran Tutor at Home
Getting a Quran tutor at your home to deliver Quran learning sessions to you or your kid/s cuts out all of the hassles involved in going to an Islamic center/school. Yet, it’s considered very expensive in comparison with other methods.
3- Taking Online Quran One-To-One Classes
What if there is no Mosque, Quran center, or even a Quran tutor near to you? Quran Ayat Institute designed a variety of Online Quran Programs to teach you or your children the Quran through one-to-one live sessions with professional tutors holding Ijazah.
Learn Quran Step-By-Step
There is so much that you can learn in the Quran. Yet, the question remains, WHERE TO START?
In answer to this vital question, Quran experts & tutors at Quran Ayat Institute broke down the Quran study into step-by-step courses that take you from the beginner level to mastering the Quran and teaching it.
STEP 1: Learn Reading Quran Basics
To learn the Quran, you should firstly start with learning the basics of Quran reading. Learn how Arabic letters are linked together or separated. And how to read words, then short sentences and long sentences.
During the “Reading Quran Basics” Program at Quran Ayat, You will learn:
- Quran Phonetics
- The Arabic Alphabet
- Arabic Diacritics
- Letters Forms
- Madd – Lengthening
- Shaddah with Tanween
- Laam rules
- AlifulWasl rules
- Characteristics of the Quranic writing
STEP 2: Learn Quran Recitation
Once you have learned the basics of reading the Quran, it’s time to learn how to recite the Quran in a more professional way as reported by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
During the “Quran Recitation” Program at Quran Ayat, You will learn:
- Pronunciation of Every Alphabet
- Pronunciation of Every Word
- Different Ways of Recitation
- Ayat (Verses) Meanings
- Characteristics of the Quranic writing
- Reciting The Whole Quran Fluently
STEP 3: Learn Quran Tajweed
To master the recitation of the Quran, one needs to excel in “Tajweed”. Tajweed (The grammar of the Quran) constitutes the rules and regulations one needs to follow in recitation to make it beautiful and accurate.
During the “Quran Tajweed” Program at Quran Ayat, You will learn:
- What is Tajweed
- Benefits of learning Tajweed
- Heavy and light letters
- Rules of Noon Saakin and Tanween
- Rules of Meem Saakin
- Laam in the exalted name of Allah
- Letter Raa rules
- Madd – Lengthening rules
- Stopping at the end of words
- The Qualities of the letters
STEP 4: Learn Quran Memorization (Hifz)
After mastering the Quran Recitation with Tajweed, you can now proceed with memorizing the Quran and having the outstanding power and strength of reciting the Quran by heart. Becoming a Hafiz/Hafiza is a great deal in Islam at both this life and hereafter.
During the “Quran Memorization” Program at Quran Ayat, You will learn:
- Accurate Memorization of The Book of Allah (Quran)
- Techniques For Fast Memorization
- The Forgetfulness Types
- How To Overcome Forgetfulness
- The General Meaning of The Verses
- The Reasons For Revealing The Verses
- Advantages of Memorizing The Quran
STEP 5: Get Ijazah & Start Teaching Quran
The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.Sahih al-Bukhari 5027
“Ijazah” means that you master Quran Recitation with Tajweed or Quran Memorization and can start teaching the Quran. One can get Ijazah from a certified scholar for teaching recitation or memorization of the Quran to other people.
During the “Quran Ijazah” Program at Quran Ayat, You will learn:
- Quran Recitation
- Quran Tajweed Rules
- The Sounds, Articulation, and Characteristics
- Quran Memorization
- Quran Tafseer