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Nawal Academy is now offering evening Nazirah Class for males. Class days are from Sunday to Thursday,timings are from 7:15=8:15 p.m. (Chicago Central Timing) The class instructor will be Moulana Asad Patel Damat Barkatuhum. Please contact the adminstration for further details.


What Is Tajweed?

The word Tajweed literally means “to do something well”. When related to Arabic text, it means to recite every letter correctly from its makhaarij (place of pronunciation) with all its sifaat (qualities). It comes from the same root letters as the word jayyid in Arabic, which means “good” and the root letters of which are jeem, waaw, and daal (جود). When applied to the Qur’an, it means giving every letter of the Qur’an its rights, observing the rules that apply to those letters in different situations.


The Qur’an was revealed with Tajweed rules applied to it. In other words, when the angel Jibreel (alayhis salaam) recited the words of Allah (SWT) to the Prophet Muhammad (sallllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), he recited them in a certain way and showed the Prophet (sallllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) the ways in which it is permissible to recite the Qur’an. So it is upon us to observe those rules so that we can recite it in the way the Qur’an was revealed.


At the time of the Prophet (sallllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) there was no need for people to study Tajweed because they talked with what is now known as Tajweed, so it was natural for them. As Islam spread, the Arabs started mixing with the non-Arabs and mistakes in Qur’an recitation started appearing, so the scholars had to record the rules. Now, because the everyday Arabic that Arabs speak has changed so much from the classical Arabic in which the Qur’an was revealed, even Arabs have to study Tajweed.


The Purpose of Tajweed

The Qur’an is the word of Allah (SWT), and its every syllable is from Allah (SWT). Its recitation must be taken very seriously. The purpose of the science of Tajweed is to make the reciting person skilled in reciting the Qur’an, observing the correct pronunciation of every letter with the rulings and characteristics which apply to each letter, without any exaggeration or deficiency. And so by this, the reciting person can recite the Qur’an the way it was recited by the Prophet (sallllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), who received the Qur’an from Jibreel (alayhis salaam), who received it from Allah (SWT) in the classical Arabic dialect that it came down in.

Arabic letters each have a makhraj—an exit or pronunciation point—in the mouth or throat from which they originate and they also each have sifaat—attributes or qualities—particular to them. Knowing the makhaarij and sifaat of each letter is an important part of Tajweed. Sometimes two letters have very similar exits which makes mixing them up so easy. So if a person does not know the qualities of each letter, there is a danger that he will change the meaning of the words in the Qur’an recitation. Observing the rules of Tajweed in reciting protects the recite from making mistakes in reciting the Qur’an.


The importance of Tajweed cannot be exaggerated. In salaah, the recitation of the Qur’an is compulsory. Often the salaah is affected because of not reciting the Qur’an with Tajweed. It is therefore necessary to learn Tajweed so that the Qur’an may be recited correctly.


Arabic is a very delicate language. A slight mispronunciation can completely change the meaning. The word qalb (قلب) means heart. If the qaaf in qalb is not pronounced correctly and is instead pronounced as a kaaf, the meaning changes to “dog”! In Surah al-Kausar, the word wan har (والنحر) means sacrifice. If the haa is not pronounced correctly, the meaning changes to “scold”! it is thus obvious that the rules of Tajweed must be applied in the recitation of the Qur’an.


The Rules of Reading with Tajweed

The majority of scholars agree that applying the Tajweed rules of Qur’an such that the clear/major mistakes are avoided is an individual responsibility (fardh ‘ayn) upon every Muslim. This is because the Qur’an was revealed with the Tajweed rules applied to it and the Prophet (sallllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) recited it back to Jibreel (alayhis salaam) that way, and the Companions of the Prophet (sallllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) read it that way, so it is an established sunnah.

Benefits of Reading the Holy Qur’an

1)     Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) said, “The Qur’an is a proof for you or against you.” [Muslim] So one of two things will occur with this proof, the Book of Allah (SWT). It will either be in your favor, a proof for you on the Day when you will need every single good deed, or it will be something standing against you. The very Speech of your Creator, a proof against you! Who could be saved from the terrors of that Day if Allah’s (SWT) own Speech is against him?


2)     The Prophet (SAWS) said: “Read the Qur’an, for verily it will come on the Day of Standing as an intercessor for its companions.” [Muslim]


3)     The Prophet (SAWS) said: “The best of you are the ones who learn the Qur’an and teach it to others.” [Al-Bukhari]


4)     The Prophet (SAWS) said: “Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah (SWT), he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that ‘Alif, Laam, Meem’ is a letter; rather, I am saying that ‘Alif’ is a letter, ‘Laam’ is a letter, and ‘Meem’ is a letter.” So increase your recitation of the Qur’an to gain these merits.


5)     The Prophet (SAWS) said: “Verily the one who recites the Qur’an beautifully, smoothly, and precisely, he will be in the company of the noble and obedient angels. And as for the one who recites with difficulty, stammering or stumbling through its verses, then he will have TWICE that reward.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]


6)     Abdullah ibn-e-Umar (R) narrated: “The Prophet (SAWS) said, “The hearts get rusted as does iron with water. When someone asked, “What could cleanse the hearts again?”


The Prophet (SAWS) said, “Frequent remembrance of death and the recitation of the Qur’an.”


7)     Prophet (SAWS) said, “One who is well-versed in the Qur’an will be in the company of those angels who are scribes, noble and righteous; and one who falters in reading the Qur’an and as to exert hard for learning, gets double the reward.”


8)     The Prophet (SAWS said, “Whosoever reads the Qur’an and acts upon what is contained in it, his parents will be made to wear a crown on the Day of Judgment, the brilliance of which will excel that of the sun, if the same were within your worldly houses. So what do think about the person who himself acts upon it?”


9)     The Prophet (SAWS) said, “Never do a people collect in one of the houses of Allah (SWT) (mosque) reciting the Qur’an and reading it out to one another, but sakinah (tranquility) descends upon them, rahmat (mercy) enshrouds them, the angels throng around them, and Almighty Allah mentions them in the assembly of angels.”


10)  The Prophet (SAWS) said, “You cannot turn to Allah and gain nearness to Him with anything superior to that which directly proceeded from Him i.e. the Holy Qur’an.”


11)  The Prophet (SAWS) said, “O, Abu Zar, if you go in the morning and learn one ayah from the Book of Allah, it will be better for you than your offering one hundred rak’aat of nafl salaah.”




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Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Quran with an Alim Course

Gain a Deeper Understanding of the Quran with an Alim Course

In order to gain an in-depth understanding of any religious text, it’s important to be able to relate to the text in its original language. Part of the reason comes from meanings that get lost in translation and ignorance of the cultural significance of idioms and everyday language. Having a broad understanding is especially true for the Quran, because the daily practice of Islam involves reciting from the Book in Arabic and memorization of prayers and supplication called Duas, also in Arabic. The Tarteel, which dictates the rhythm and tempo used to recite the Quran is vital to having a respectful practice of Islam, so taking an Alim course is the best way to feel more connected to the text than ever.

The course doesn’t just center around the text of the Quran, it gives students a comprehensive view of the theology and Islamic law (fiqh), knowing that the two things combined can answer many of the questions about Islam’s role in society today. If you’ve been thinking about taking your study of Islam one step further and grounding yourself in true Islam, committing to an Alim course will help you gain faith (iman), practice, and excellence (ihsan.) But, more than that, you’ll learn the origins or these ideas and be able to, one day, pass this knowledge on to a new generation.

The Structure Of An Alim Course

  • The basic outline of an effective Alim course begins with an introduction to Arabic grammar, writing, and pronunciation. Some institutes reinforce speaking by providing a phonetic breakdown of the language to make speaking more accessible.
  • Students are now ready to learn the basic beliefs of Islam and the life (seerah) of the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم
  • Students are then familiarized with the Hadith and Fiqh, a set of do’s and don’ts for every follower of Islam. The science of Hadith is extremely important when bridging the gap for everyday practice.
  • To be able to defend and explain their beliefs, students also take courses in expository writing and persuasive speech, both of which serves to strengthen their knowledge of the religion and reinforce their faith.

Taking that final step to enroll in a course is something that would give any student of Islam a source of pride. And, completing it is the best way to make sure your knowledge is as strong as your faith. Register today to join our Alim course.

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Registration 2012-13

Registration for 2012-13 is now open.

Students who have completed the four year Alim/Alimah program will receive the Sanad (degree) after completing this class.  Don’t worry even if you haven’t completed the beginning four years, you are welcome to join so you receive the honor of being the guest of our beloved Prophet SAWS.

Also, we are now offering the following classes:

  • Summer Program
  • Hifz ul Quran
  • Nazirah with Tajweed
  • 5 years Alim/Alimah program
  • Basic knowledge program.

It is as simple as 1 2 3.

1. Download the form

2. Fill your information

3. Send it to a mailing address along with the payment

Hurry, don’t  miss this golden opportunity.


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Introduction to Nawal Academy

Introduction to Nawal Academy

Nawal Academy is an online educational institution, that aims to bring spiritual awakening in the Muslim Ummah. Its series of programs are planned and designed to meet the educational, moral, and spiritual needs of the community in accordance with the Shari‘ah. Nawal Academy’s goal is to infuse the whole of a Muslim personality with the emotional attachment and love to Islam. Students will be taught under the guidance of Islamic scholars who are talented in their fields of studies. Nawal Academy aims to give rise to vibrant and intrinsically motivated Muslims who will be prepared to face the problems in their lives with an Islamic perspective.

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Jalsa-e-Seerat al-Nabi SAWS (Feb 19th 2012)

Jalsa-e-Seerat al-Nabi SAWS (Feb 19th 2012)

Jalsa-e-Seerat al-Nabi SAWS (Feb 19th 2012)

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Nawal Academy cordially invites you to Jalsa-e-Seeratun Nabi.
Hazrat Mufti Abdus Sattar Sahib damatbarakatuhum, Mufti Azeemuddin Sahib mudde zilluhu, Mufti Husain Kamani Sahib mudde zilluhu, Mufti Ehzaz Ajmeri Sahib mudde zilluhu & various other Scholars of Rahmat-e-Alam Foundation.
Insha Allah, on Sunday Feb 19th 2012 after Zuhr Salah at ICC of Des Plaines (480 Potter Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016). For more information, please call Manzoor S Haq:630-373-3131 and Khalid M Qazi:773-573-7628.


Eid ul-Adha Break Insha’Allah, Nawal Academy will have their Eid ul-Adha break from Sat. Nov.5 to Tues. Nov. 8, 2011. Insha Allah, the classes will resume on Wednesday, November 9th, 2011.

First Year Weekend Alim/Alima Program (Separate classes for Men and Women)Alhumdulillah, we have the following classes in session:
Weekdays: Time: 9 am – 12 pm. (Chicago Time; Central Time Zone) Days: Monday to Thursday
Weekends: Time: 10 am – 1 pm. (Chicago Time; Central Time Zone) Days: Saturday and Sunday
Beginner’s Program for young girls
Awwal Girls
Awwal Men

Alhumdulillah, Mufti Ata ur Rahman Sajid Qasmi Sahib Damat Barakatuhum, Mufti Raza ur Rahman Abid Qasmi Sahib Damat Barakatuhum, Maulana Asad Patel Qasmi Sahib Damat Barakatuhum and Maulana Ahmed Ali Sahib Damat Barakatuhumare teaching Men classes and Suwam weekdays classes.

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