Islamic population is wide-spread in the world. Most of the Arab countries are Muslim countries. There is a large Muslim population living in the non-Arab countries that reads, learn or speak Arabic for religious purposes. Reading the Arabic in proper manner is called tajweed.
Non-Arab speaker naturally make mistakes in spite of the aided-text for the Quran script. There is the use of some symbols in non-Arab countries to make the reader understand where e to pause, pause for long time, don’t stop, prolong sound etc. In spite of these symbols readers commit mistakes that change the meaning of the ayaat altogether. In last few years, the world has become the global village and this problem has been highlighted more than ever before. Non-Arab Muslims have started to learn Quran with tajweed and the number is increasing day by day.
Learning tajweed rules has become easier than ever. There are many websites online that give services of tajweed and students can learn tajweed from YouTube or can download the sound recorded from many websites for free. The internet has made thing easier for those who don’t afford to get the regular classes or don’t find time to spare for such activities. Learning without a tutor is difficult but it can develop interest for learning more and more if the student puts efforts for a few weeks.
Mostly non-Arab student make mistake in the timings of the vowels during recitation. There is another type of mistake, the articulation points of the letters which is a big problem for non-Arab Muslims and needs to be addressed with detailed notes and examples. The main reason of this mistake is that there are many sounds and letters in the Arabic that normally do not occur in other languages. This is a natural problem for almost all the languages. The way French, German and Spanish are easier to learn for English speakers, there is a group of languages that have Arabic base like Persian, Urdu, Punjabi etc.; the speakers of those languages can easily learn Arabic.
All the non-Arab whether they are Asian, European, indo-Pakistani, afghan or African need to learn tajweed for properly reciting the Quran.
In the mentioned above letters the problem is that the letters do not have familiar sounds with most of the other languages. Non-Arab people face it difficult to pronounce them. The wrong pronunciation of any word made out of these letters can result in a big mistake that changes the meaning of the verse altogether. Then there are the letters that have the sounds that can be found in other languages but they have different articulation points that are needed to be understood to recite the Quran in its true meaning.
There is no age for learning Tajweed. It’s better to learn it in young age when the learning power is stronger than the old age. There are online tutors available for tajweed and you can get their services on Skype, audio or video chat if there is no way to learn it at your area. It’s never late to learn.
-- Al Arabiya Digital