The holy Quran is the main reference for all Muslims. It’s the most important miracle and mercy that was meant to heal the hearts of the truth seekers on earth.
All Muslims are emotionally and religiously associated with the Quran. In this spirit, each Muslim tends to learn Quran to be steered towards the right path in life and eventually paradise.
In this article, we are going to discuss how to learn Quran for beginners whether they are kids or adults.
Importance of Learning Quran for Beginners
Quran is the base on which all Muslims build their faith and it is their main guide regarding all worldly matters. Additionally, Muslims believe that the Quran as their path to paradise. So, learning Quran for beginners is the first step towards righteousness life.
For children, it is important for them to learn Quran to instill in them the values and doctrines of Islam from a young age.
Regarding the adults, learning Quran strengthened their faith and helps them to understand their religion and to know the true message of Islam.
Furthermore, learning Quran is not as difficult as it seems, it is definitely possible with some effort and with the assistance of proper guidance, whether for children or for adults.
Learning Quran Basics
The first thing for a beginner to know about the Quran is its revelation. The Quran was orally revealed by Allah (AWT) to the final prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through the archangel Gabriel, incrementally over a period of 23 years.
Within the Quran, you will find all types of guidance and advice, it is addressing all the different types of people, parents, children, men, women, and every type of person that exists with all of their different roles in this world.
Reading Quran is not the same as reading any other book, it has its own basics that one should learn, which is connected to learning Arabic language.
The Quran has been revealed to the prophet Muhammad (PBUH), according to seven ahruf (letters), which are the rules of well-defined readings that encompass all kinds of phonetic pronunciations of all Arabic words.
The Seven (Readings) Qira’at of the Qur’an
The Quran has seven readings (Qira’at). Qira’a represents a method of Quran recitation.
Each Qira’a derives its authority from a prominent leader of recitation in the second or third-century hijri who in turn trace their riwaya or transmission back through the companions of the prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
The main 7 Qira’at are:
- Nafi’ (d. 169/785)
Ibn Kathir (d. 120/737)
- Abu ‘Amr ibn al-‘Ala’ (d. 154/762)
- Ibn ‘Amir (d. 154/762)
- ‘Asim (d. 127/744)
- Hamza (d. 156/772)
- Al-Kisa’i (d. 189/904)
Do You Have To Learn Quran Reading in Arabic?
You may read the Quran in any other language that you can read fluently, and you will mostly understand the meanings of the Quran, but learning the Arabic language makes you feel its linguistic miracle because it was the language of revelation.
Additionally, the Arabic words can’t be translated into English with a literal translation, it wouldn’t make sense. So all translators translate the meaning of the Quran to make sense to the reader.
Indeed, We ave sent it down as an Arabic Qur’an that you might understand.The Quran [12:2]
إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَاهُ قُرْآنًا عَرَبِيًّا لَّعَلَّكُمْ تَعْقِلُونَ
However, if it is difficult to learn Arabic, don’t let that stop you, go straight to the translated version of Quran in the language you understand.
The First Step To Learn Quran
The most important thing when deciding to learn the Quran is to understand why you want to learn Quran. This would help you to outline your goals and look for it as you learning the Quran.
For example, if you are a beginner and you want to validate the belief that the Quran is divine revelation, then you might look for scientific miracles during reading and learning the Quran. If you understand the Arabic language, you may look for linguistic miracles in the Quran, and enjoy feeling its sense of beauty, as we mentioned before.
How To Learn Quran Reading
In order to learn Quran reading, you have to learn Arabic letters, diacritics, words, and phrases.
Nowadays, you or your kids can learn Quranic Arabic online; there are a lot of courses that are specially designed for beginners and are suitable for children from the age of 5 years.
The Quranic Arabic courses also teach students the etiquette of reading the Quran such as that they should be clean and proceeding Qibla before starting reading the Holy Quran, and not to be distracted by anything and to focus only on reading Quran.
In online Quran & Arabic courses, the student firstly practices reading a lot of examples and verses from Quran. By the end of one of these courses, the student should be able to read Quran and be ready for the next step in Quran learning journey, which is reading Quran with Tajweed.
Learn Quran Recitation & Tajweed
As we mentioned, it is not difficult to learn Quran recitation, all that you need are some effort and persistence. Many courses are available on the internet to learn Quran recitation and tajweed too.
The time that one needs to learn Quran, starting from learning the basics of Arabic language and the basics of the Quranic Arabic, till learning the Quran recitation and tajweed, is based on the learner’s capability, focus, persistence, and practice.