The 5 little points of Tajweed

August 20th, 2009 by Waleed

Note from listening to Wisam Sharrief-

Keep these 5 points in mind when you recite Quran:

  1. Letters can be heavy or light
  2. Letters live somewhere (throat, lips, mouth)
  3. This Cat Feels Awfully Cool
  4. What gets stretched & how much (north/south – east/west)
  5. Don’t bounce what don’t need to bounce

3 Responses to “The 5 little points of Tajweed”

  1. Traveller Says:


    I get 1,2,4 and 5 – but what does 3 mean..?

  2. Waleed Says:

    “This Cat Feels Awfully Cool” – this phrase is to help us emulate the dammah, kasrah, fat’tah.

    Cat = Fat’tah
    Feels = Kasrah
    Cool = Dammah
    Awfully = the heavy letters.

    We were told to observe the way we said each word in normal (north american accent) language and to emulate similar sounds for fat’tah, kasrah & dammah.

    Please note that this is only for beginners – advanced students will clearly not need such aids and be reading/understanding directly from arabic. Also note that the pronunciation works for American English accents largely.

    And Allah (SWT) knows best.

  3. Traveller Says:

    Interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing. It’ll be useful to use these when teaching tajweed rules to kids.

    JazakAllaah khair.

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