Quran learning for beginners

Quran Learning for Beginners: Recitation Foundations

Asmaa Akl

27 Nov 2019

Learning the Quran is extremely important for any Muslim, however, some non-Arabic speaking Muslim foreigners or reverts find it extremely hard to learn how to read and recite the Quran. The Quran was recited in Fusha Arabic, which was widely used around the Arabic peninsula, the home of Prophet Muhammad PBUH where he began his journey in spreading Islam. Quran learning was easy for the inhabitants of the Arabic peninsula, since it was recited in their native language. As a non-Arabic speaking Muslim, you might find it hard. This is where our role, at Nour Academy, begins. Our goal is to make Quran learning for beginners easier. In order to achieve that, there are a few steps for beginners to follow:

Knowledge of Arabic letters and Diacritics:

For a smooth Quran learning experience, beginners must have at least basic knowledge of Arabic letters and diacritics. The Arabic alphabet consists of 28 letters. Not all Arabic letters have an equivalent in English. This is why Quran learning beginners should extensively practice the non familiar letters and sounds. Diacritics are marks that are put above or below a letter, changing its sound and intonation. The Arabic language heavily relies on Diacritics and this is very pronounced in the Quran. To learn how to identify and read Arabic letters you can visit our article Reading Arabic letters and to learn more about diacritics you can visit our article Tashkeel: Learn Arabic diacritics. Alternatively, you can start taking our Reading Arabic Letters classes or our Noorani Qaeda classes now.

The etiquettes of reciting the Quran:

Beginners should not jump right ahead into memorizing and Quran learning. Etiquette of reading the Quran is also necessary for a proper Quran learning experience. A Muslim is recommended to perform ablutions, also known as وضوء, pronounced as Wodoo, before he starts reading the Quran. You should also devote your entire focus on reading the Quran and avoid any kind of distractions. After you have done that, you should start by seeking refuge from Satan by saying أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم (aeudhbiallah min alshaytanalrajim) and reading the Basmalah بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم (Bismullah al-Rahman al-Raheem).

Arabic and Quran Learning for beginners:

Although Quran learning is not impossible on your own, it would take a tremendous amount of time and effort and the result might not be satisfactory. Some misinformation might lead to multiple misunderstandings in the process of Quran learning as well. In order to avoid that and make Quran learning easier, you should seek professional help. Nour Academy provides Quran learning online classes for beginners with professional instructors, who will properly guide you. Our qualified instructors will help you articulate the Quranic verses correctly while also applying tajweed rules. We also offer Arabic letters and Al-Nourani Qaida for beginners from which you can transition to Quran memorization classes.

 Learn Quran Surat Al Bakarah

Learn Quran: Surat Al Bakarah

Surat Al-Bakarah is the second and longest chapter or surah in the holy Quran. It has 289 verses, 6,201 words and 25,500 letters. Its name ‘Al-Bakarah’ means The Cow. The recitation of Surat Al Bakarah has many benefits for Muslims, the most important of which is that Surat Al Bakarah protects those who recite it from the devil and the evil eye. It is known to ward off the devil from the house in which it is recited for three days.

 Learn the Quran with Tajweed Rules: The Meem Sakinah

Learn Quran with Tajweed Rules: The Meem Sakinah

In order to learn Quran with tajweed you have to encounter the Meem Sakinah and apply its three different tajweed rules for pronunciation: Idgham with Ghunnah, Oral Ikhfaa also known as Ikhfaa Shafawi إخفاء شفوي and Oral Izhar, also known as Izhar shafawi إظهار شفوي.

 Learn Arabic words and phrases: Arabic Numbers (Six to Ten)

Learn Arabic words and phrases: Arabic Numbers (Six to Ten)

We established in part 1 of this article that learning numbers in any language is essential, but since there are an infinite amount of numbers, we will start off with the basics, with which you can form any number. In this article we will continue to learn Arabic numbers from where we left off in our article, ‘Learn Arabic words and phrases: Arabic Numbers (Zero to Five)’. Now we we’ll learn how to write and pronounce Arabic numbers from 6 to 10.