Reciter Sheikh Abdul Rashid Sufi said that the minimum required for reciting the Qur’an by it is to preserve the exits and attributes of the letters.
Sheikh Sufi added – in an interview to episode (5/8/2021) from the program “Sharia and Life in Ramadan” – by saying that this does not mean that the rest of the chapters on the intonation of the Qur’an are not important.
He made a distinction between theoretical and practical intonation, as the theoretician is a science that God gives to whomever he wills, whereby the owner knows the rulings of recitation, but what the Muslim is obligated to read about these rulings in practice, affirming that the rules of intonation are tantamount to increasing knowledge and virtue, the Muslim does not have to be aware of them.
The sheikh stressed that it is not acceptable for every person to read the words of God Almighty as he pleases, but rather he must read the Qur’an as God revealed it, and he cited the saying of Imam Ibn al-Jazri:
The introduction of intonation is an imperative for one who does not glorify the Qur’an is a sinner
Because through him God descended and thus He reached us
Sheikh Sufi pointed out that all Muslims – old and young – are included in the words of God Almighty, “And the Qur’an has made us easy for the remembrance. The three verses, had it not been for the facilitation of God Almighty, no one would have been able to read or memorize the Qur’an.
He added that learning the Qur’an and memorizing it at a young age makes it more firmer and firmer in the heart and mind of the hafiz, but this does not mean that it is impossible to memorize the Qur’an in old age.
Sheikh Sufi emphasized that if a Muslim loves the Qur’an, allocates time for him and takes the correct ways to memorize it, then God Almighty gives it to him and puts it in his heart, so he will be happy with eternal happiness.
The problem of denominators
Regarding the recitation of the Noble Qur’an according to phonemic maqamas, Sheikh Sufi said that the imams of old and contemporary reciters emphasized that the principle of the matter is to preserve the rulings of recitation, so that the neck of the letters and the recitation are not twisted for the sake of the phonemic maqam, so if the reciter does it then he deviates from the accepted norms of reading.
The sheikh clarified that this does not mean not beautifying the voice in reading the Qur’an. Rather, the Muslim is required to do so. The Prophet, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him and his family and companions, listened to the reading of Abu Musa Al-Ashaari one night, so he said to him, “If you saw me while I was listening to you yesterday,” Abu Musa said: If only I learned for his ink for you.
It is noteworthy that Sheikh Sufi obtained a high degree in the Ten Recitations from the Recitation Institute in Egypt in 1981, and many readers graduated with him and established several schools and centers for teaching the Qur’an