And if you are in doubt about what We have sent down upon Our Servant [Muhammad], then produce a Surah the like thereof and call upon your witnesses other than Allah, if you should be truthful (Qur’an 2:23)
All I can say is that anybody who listens to and recites the Qur’an cannot believe this was anything that came from man. It is beautiful, soothing….. transcendent. Amazing.
When I first reverted, however, I did not think I needed to or would ever be able to read the Qur’an in Arabic. There were English interpretations available and I did not grow up reciting the Qur’an. So how – at my age and with my busy schedule – could I ever learn how to read the Qur’an.
However, as I learned a few prayers in Arabic and downloaded an electronic version of the Qur’an where I could listen to people reciting it, I knew I had to learn.
At first I tried to teach myself using apps but I was completely lost. I did not even know where to begin. Then I found an Arabic alphabet app. But even as I learned the symbols for the letters, when I saw a word, I did not recognise anything! I finally found an app that showed me how the letters alone differed from letters in word. (Alhamdulilah! I was not crazy!)
But the turning point was when I moved to London. A close friend helped me find a place where I could study the Qur’an. I completed the introductory course where I learned the alphabet and the basics of recitation. I passed the class! And now I am taking the next level.
If I am honest, I have to admit that my recitation is complete rubbish. But as with everything….I keep trying.
My goal after recitation classes is to begin to learn the meaning of the words and perhaps some of the subtleties of the linguistics. I realise this may be a bit too ambitious, but the beauty of the Qur’an compels me. I want to learn everything I can. In Sha Allah. It may take quite some time and perhaps I will not get as far as I would like… but who knows. 🙂