Tajwid means ‘to make something good or better’. It is an Islamic science that teaches one how to recite the Qur’an and is crucial for any serious student of knowledge. It involved pronouncing each letter from its correct articulation point (Makharij Al Huroof) and reciting each letter with its correct attributes and characteristics (Sifaat).
Tuhfat Al Atfal is a classical didactic poem on Tajwid, by Sheikh Sulaymān al-Jamzūrī', an 18th century Egyptian scholar. It is a famous poem that has been taught, memorized and kept alive by countless individuals since its authorship more than two centuries ago, making it the single most utilized resource for learning Tajweed to this day. Since that time, it has continued to be transmitted in the traditional manner, in the line of great classical works of Islamic learning, complete with formal authorization (ijāzah) and chains of transmission (isnād) tracing the line of one’s teachers back to the author. It is inspired by from Imam Ibn Al Jazari’s al-Muqaddimah al-Jazariyyah, a poem about the science of Tajwid.
Through the study of Tufhat Al Atfal, the student will:
Be able to identify between a clear mistake and a hidden mistake
Identify the articulation point for each letter
Identify the attributes and characteristics of each letter
Improve their recitation of the Quran
Attain a greater appreciation of the Sciences of Tajwid
Ammar Shahin was born in Cairo, Egypt where he began his Islamic training at a young age under the supervision of his father who was the sheikh of their village. He memorized the Qur’an at the age of twelve in various modes of recitation. He continued his Islamic education, graduating from the Institute for Preparation of Preachers with a diploma in Islamic studies as well as studying at Al-Forqan Institute. He then traveled to the United States in 1999 where he studied computer engineering. He continued to study with many scholars, receiving from them ijazaat (licenses) in various Islamic sciences. His studies included studying the Maliki madhhab. He also pursued a B.A. at Al-Azhar University in the Islamic Sciences and Arabic language, and received a B.A. and M.A. at the Islamic University of Minnesota in Islamic Studies. He has been an Imam in various mosques across the United States, and currently he is the Imam at the Islamic Center of Davis.
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