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Stopping with a harakah

Fatwaa ID: 971

Also, what is the ruling of incorrect stopping in the recitation of the Quran e.g. someone does not place a sukoon on a letter with a fathah at the end of an ayah.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

It is obligatory to recite the Qur’aan with correct Tajweed, as revealed upon Nabi ﷺ. Part of this is to make waqf and ibtidaa correctly. It is necessary for a person to learn how to stop/make waqf on words. Waqf cannot be done with a harakah. Rather, one should change the harakah to a sukoon. For example, when stopping on العالمينَ which has a fat’hah, the ن will be given a sukoon, العالمينْ.

In the case of dhammah and kasrah, one may also stop with rawm which is 1/3 of the harakah. On dhammah, one may also stop with ishmaam, which is to make the lips round without any sound, thereby indicating a dhammah. These two methods should be studied under qurraa first prior to application.

Just as one takes out time, energy and finances to learn various things, one must do the same and more to learn and perfect his recitation of the Qur’aan. This is an obligation. The way one recites the Qur’aan may affect the validity of his salaah. Hence, utmost importance must be given.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

09/06/1444 AH – 03/28/2023 CE | AML1-7438

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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