All praises and thanks be to Allah SWT and abundant salutations be upon Nabi Muhammad SAW. 

Cape Town’s shores have been blessed by another ocean of knowledge, Sh. Abdullah al-Obaid, who has recited to and has ijāza from over 40 qurrā’. SubhanĀllah, while some of us have no idea what ijāza even is. From my basic understanding, it is a qualification and means that he’s recited the entire Qur’an to his teachers and they’ve subsequently given him permission to teach. 

I’m privileged to have been invited to attend “Excellence in Tajweed” Workshop presented by Sh. Abdullah Al-Obaid from KSA, hosted by Al-Tanzīl Institute of Qur’anic Sciences. The course is presented in Arabic, and beautifully translated by Cape Town’s very own Sh. Ismail Londt. 

The Sheikh asks Allah SWT to accept the efforts made for this workshop. 

He conveys that if we really love Allah, we’ll love His book and love those attached to His book. If we don’t feel this way, there’s something lacking in our eemaan. 

This workshop is based on his book, “Al-Itqān fī Tajwīd Al-Qur’an.”

Sheikh said that he has put together this compilation to preserve the knowledge of the former scholars and to protect it from mistakes or slips and additions of latter scholars. Any science, the more time passes, the science is prone to additions. It is even found in Tafseer and nahuw and sarf. 

This book is based only on the narration of Hafs ‘an ‘Āsim by way of the Shātibiyyah. 

The sciences of tajwīd is based on makharij and sifaat. He comments that nowadays teachers make the mistake of drowning their students in the rules of tajwīd, for example the nun sakinah and tanween rules [I’m guilty of this too], whereas our predecessors, whose recitation was stronger, would focus on the correct sound of letters [makārij] and their characteristics [sifāt].

The practical Sunnah is considered stronger than his (SAW) words, especially where the Qur’an is concerned. Authentic hadith reported by 80 companions cannot be compared to the Qur’an. Tajweed is what’s passed on practically, not theoretically. The Qur’an was sent down from the seventh heaven to the lowest heaven, in the way we have it now. The Sheikh differs with other scholars in that he believes that the sequence of the āyāt and the sequence of the chapters were divinely revealed. 

An important note that he mentions: Tajwīd is for everyone. A proof of this is that the Qur’an was revealed in different dialects to accommodate the pronunciation of different tribes/groups of people. 

We stand so strongly by the hadith about one reciting Qur’an incorrectly being sinful that we push people away from the Qur’an. And this is so wrong. 

I’ll update this post in due time InShaAllah.