The Importance of Seeking Knowledge
The first word of the Quran revealed to the prophet (peace be upon him) while he meditated in cave hira is Iqraa which means read. In a part of verse 9 of suratul-zumar (chapter 39), Allah says Qul hal yastawiy ladhina yaalamuna wa ladhina la yaalamuna, innama yatadhakaru uwlul-albab which means Say: are those who are knowledgeable and those who are not knowledgeable equal? Indeed only those who understand are mindful.
The prophet (blessings of Allah be upon him) said Searching for knowledge is an obligation on all muslims, both male and female. In another hadith Sunan Abu Daud 3643, the prophet said If anyone follows a path seeking knowledge, Allah will make for such person an easy path to paradise and whoever is impeded by his own actions, his ancestry will not speed him up.
The aforementioned hadiths and evidences from the Quran emphasize the importance of finding knowledge in Islam. How else does one search for knowledge if not by learning and learning from an authentic source. What else should one learn if not the words of the Almighty Allah the Quran?
Seeking Knowledge in todays Society
The world is fast-paced today, people are always on the move or are always understandably busy. It gets harder to find time to settle down and really learn in a physical class. But the world has become very mobile too, with the advancement of the internet, we literally carry all of ourselves on our devices our families, our achievements, our details and we can even carry our classes everywhere too.
The advantage of this is that we can learn whenever we have the time to, anytime and anywhere. So albeit the world is fast-paced and we may be quite busy, the flexibility of online classes can match whatever our lifestyle is to ensure that our day-to-day activities can run simultaneously with our search for knowledge.
At Learn Quran Online, we try to achieve this with our services which are currently available in Australia, Canada, USA and UK.
We offer 5 different courses and these are:
- Basic Tajweed
- Quran with Tajweed
- Quran Memorization (Hifz classes)
- Online Ijazah Course
- Ten Qirat Online
Allah say in Suratul-Muzzamil verse 4: …wa ratilil-qurana tartiila meaning and recite the Quran distinctly. In this verse, Allah ordained that the Quran should be recited perfectly. What are the rules that guide the recitation the Quran? The rules are Tajweed.
The basic tajweed course is taught using the book called Noorani Qaida. The book was written by Molvi Noor Muhammad Ludhyanvi for beginners and children to learn the recitation of the Quran with some Tajweed without necessarily knowing the rules of Tajweed.
The basic tajweed course teaches the 29 Arabic Alphabets, the formation of words by combining letters; the pronunciation of Sukun, Shaddah, the different Maddahs; the Tanween (also called Nunation), the pronunciation of the Harakat: Fathah, Kasrah & Dommah and the Muqattaat (the letters which start many of the 114 chapters of the Quran also called Fawaatih).
The Sukun is used in places where there is no vowel sound. For example in Alhamdulillah, the first lam has a sukun and as can be seen in the transcription, no vowel comes after the l.
The Shaddah/Tashdeed symbol looks like a small w and it is used in places where the consonant is to be doubled. For instance, in the Arabic spelling of Allah, the lam carries a shaddah and as can be seen in the transcription, the l is doubled.
Quran with Tajweed
This course comes after the basic tajweed course. Tajweed is a word that means to perfect and it is a collection of rules that determine the way each letter of the Quran is pronounced during recitation. Tajweed is not optional, it is compulsory when reciting the Quran.
Our facility allows you to learn Quran online with tajweed and our course focuses on the meaning and importance Tajweed and explains the rules of Tajweed in details. It thoroughly explains Online Quran courses the special types of sukun nun sakinah and meem sakinah, the tanween; the rules and ahkam of Al-Maddah the 2 classes of maddah & the 10 derived maddahs, the rules and ahkam of letter Raa and the 17 Makharih (points of articulation) of Arabic letters which are located in the neck, the tongue, the lips and the nose.
The course also features lessons on Wuqoof (stopping, pausing and silence), the attributes of the letters and the rules of the heavy letters.
Memorize the Quran
To completely memorize the Quran is a great feat and it puts one amidst notable Hafiz such as the Prophet himself, the 4 Rashidun Caliphs, Aisha the prophets wife, Ibn Abass and many more guided people.
In a number of hadiths, the prophet said whoever memorizes the Quran will be honoured on the day of resurrection and the Quran will intercede for such person. The benefits of memorizing the Holy Quran are many and if you wish to achieve this and attain the benefits, you can.
Our Quran teachers are some of the best available and with just 3 hours a day for 5 days in each week, you can completely learn Quran online and memorize it within 3-5 years. Of the daily 3 hours, 1 hour will be spent with the teacher and 2 hours for self-study.
However, before you start the memorization lessons, you need to be proficient in tajweed (as earlier stated, you can learn Quran online with tajweed through our tajweed courses). After the tajweed course, you memorize the last Juz with Tajweed then the memorization can be commenced.
Online Ijazah Course
The Ijazah course is necessary for one who wants to teach and transmit the Quran as well as give other people Ijazah Ijazah means Authorization. The Ijazah course can be achieved online following recitation to a Sheikh/Sheikha or Ustadh/Ustadha over the phone or through Skype and it admits students between 9 and 60 years of age.
Before one can be admitted to the Ijazah course, one must be very proficient in applying Tajweed and it is preferred if the person has already memorized the Quran. A certificate paid for by the student will be awarded at the end of the course.
Ten Qirat Online
Learn Quran online offers you the chance to learn Quran with any of the 10 popular methods of recitation. The Qirats have their own rules of tajweed and recitation and are attributed to the one who narrated them with authentic backing.
The 10 Qiraat available at Learn Quran Online are:
- Naafi Al-Madani
- Abu Amr Al-Basri
- Yaqub bn Al-Basri
- Ibn Kathir
- Hamzah Al-Kufi
- Asim Al-Kufi
- Ibn Aamir Ash-Shami
- Abu Jafar Al-Madani
Of these Qiraat, the most commonly used method currently is the Asim Al-Kufi preserved by Hafs and Shuba. It is also called Hafs An Ashim because of Hafs (one of the Qaris that preserved the method).
At Learn Quran Online, our instructors are selected through a thorough process to ensure that only the best are selected to work with us. All our teachers are hafiz, good communicators and dedicated persons.
In times where it may not be as easy to search for knowledge about Islam, we offer you classes to learn the Quran online giving you as much flexibility as you desire and easing your way to your goal.