I was nervous and anxious about starting my class on Monday, not knowing what to expect. I arrived at the venue, greeted warmly by a number of sisters. We were required to register, before going to the venue of the course. I was surprised about the number of people at this course, over 25 students. I guess this shows that there is really a high demand for thiscourse, and alhumidillah I was fortunate to get a place this term! Eachclass is 3 hours, and runs for 12 weeks.
The classroom was large, with chairswith folding tables, and also had a kitchen area. The teacher started thecourse by introducing herself, she’s an eyptian native who has studiedArabic and Islamic history, Qur'an, and Shari'ah, and has been teaching Tajweedfor many years. We were each given a course handout, which we are required tobring to each class. She then discussed the requirements and gave a briefoutline of the course. We first learnt about the etiquettes of learning:
- To be sincere in our studies and have pure intentions at the start of each lessons.
- To respect the teacher and other students as everyone learns at different levels.
- Complete the homework, and practise what was taught in class
- To ensure we attend all lessons, and it was our duty to ensure we caught up if we missed a lesson.
- To be patient, prayer and make du'a.
I learnt about the manners of readingthe Qu'ran, internally and externally. For example, internally, fully understandingthe words and its meaning, and externally, ensuring the body and clothes arepurified before reading the Qu'ran.
I also learnt something new regardingprostration whilst reading the Qu'ran. There are 14 places we are requiredto prostrate in the Qu'ran, which is done by the reader and listener to showobedience to Allah.
Before reading the Qu'ran is importantto seek refuge by saying 'Basmalah', which means 'asking for refuge' or'protection'
Once we had completed this, the teacherwent through the alphabet, we were required to write the alphabet and followthe teacher as she read it out. We then asked to read out the alphabetindividually, which as a bit daunting, but really beneficial as theteacher was able give each advice on how to correct their pronunciation. The lesson did require a lot of concentration to fully understand theimportant of each letter, therefore not altering the meaning of the word in theQu'ran. After this, we went through the sounds of the letters, i.e. heavyand soft, and the rules that applied to them, for example: if the letter beforethe alif is heavy, you would pronounce the alif heavy, such as kaaf, likewiseif the letter before the alif is soft, you would pronounce the alif soft, suchas siin.
Our homework this week was simple, wewere required to purchase a folder with plastic wallets and photocopy SurahAl-Nas to Surah Alzalzalar (last 6 pages of the Qu'ran) in preparation for nextweek’s lesson.
Here are some links where you can findthe above Surahs.
Overview, I felt I learnt a lot in thefirst lesson, the course handbook really helped as gave me more informationabout what I would be learning. I would really recommend self study too, thereis a wealth of information on the internet, so if there is anything I missed orwas unsure about, I could research that information in my own time, here's alink as an example:
I will post more links on my next post insha'allah.