This is the first in a series of great videos from Sheik Alafasy. Though only 35, he is the Imam of the Al-Kabir Mosque in Kuwait City. He is a well-known Qari; one who recites Quran. In this video, he teaches others how to have tajweed . This Arabic word means “to improve”. Anyone with good intentions can learn how to speak Quran. I don’t think, however, that it is possible to truly improve upon the way we recite Quran without some help. This is especially true for non-Arab reverts.
Help has arrived!
Don’t be put off by the young boys as his students. You don’t have to be a young boy to be a learner. I know you probably are older than your virtual classmates but look at yourself in revert years. I’m only 9 in revert years.
One problem I had is in finding my vocal range. My voice (thank God) is not as low as the Sheik’s, yet it is also not as high as the pre-teen boys’. So play around with where you can comfortably recite; somewhere in the middle.
It is easiest if you already have these surahs memorized. He works with An-Nas and Al-Falaq. However, even if you have them memorized, just like any deep re-working, you kind of forget what the words are while in the process. Go to this site to see the transliteration (the Arabic sounds written with English letters).
What’s great about http://www.guidedways.com/ is that it is easy to find everything on one page. You can see the transliterations next to the Arabic and also pick from a couple different translations (what the Arabic means). If you are trying to learn how to read Arabic, you can be studying the letters as he recites on the video. There are . Mashahallah, he does a wonderful job.
Here is his official website. His site does have an English translation but a lot of what’s on the site remains in Arabic.
If you wish to download the Sheik’s recitations, go here.
To see some of his other videos, see his youtube channel.
May Allah reward him for all his efforts.