Books and Publications

Considering the Meaning: Stopping on Kallā, Balā, and Naʿam

This work explores an intricate topic in the science of waqf and ibtidāʾ, the issue of stopping on the words kallā, balā, and naʿam in the Qurʾān. Because these three words have various linguistic uses in the Arabic language, the same ruling of waqf will not apply to all their occurrences in the Qurʾān. Considering the Meaning: Stopping on Kallā, Balā, and Naʿam makes this topic accessible in English and presents the different uses of these words and various scholarly opinions regarding waqf on them.

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Qari Fath Muhammad Panipati: A Brief Biography

Qari Fath Muhammad Panipati was a great scholar of the sciences of Tajweed and Qira’at that passed away in 1987. This book includes biographical sketches from his life that both inform and inspire the reader about him as a person and a scholar. This work also includes short biographies of the Qur’an reciters in Qari Fath Muhammad’s chain of transmission until 1050 AH, where the Indian chain of transmission meets the Egyptian chain of transmission. This work hopes to inspire others by telling the stories of those that came before us and their love for the Qur’an and its sciences.

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Before You Pause

Before You Pause: How the Canonical Recitations of the Qurʾān Affect Where Waqf is Made is a handbook to be used alongside Maintaining the Meaning: An Introduction to Waqf and Ibtidāʾ in classrooms. It lists 57 places in the Qurʾān where differences in the canonical recitations change the grammatical structure of the verse, and therefore also affect the places where waqf may be made in those verses. Based on the research of Qārī Raḥīm Bakhsh Pānīpatī, it also includes a biography of this great scholar.

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The Three Qurra and Their Ruwat

This short work introduces the reader to the three Imams whose readings are covered in Ibn al-Jazari’s poem al-Durrah al-Mudiyyah. They are, Imam Abu Ja’far, Imam Ya’qub, and Imam Khalaf. 

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Maintaining the Meaning: An Introduction to Waqf and Ibtida

Maintaining the Meaning: An Introduction to Waqf and Ibtidāʾ is a primer that introduces students of Tajwīd and Qirāʾāt to the science of how and where to correctly stop when reciting the Qurʾān. It includes discussions such as the importance of studying this science, the different kinds of waqf, methods of stopping at the ends of words, where and how the reciter should resume his/her recitation after having stopped, and an explanation of the signs of waqf that are found in copies of the Qurʾān. Each lesson presents the main concepts in an easy-to-understand manner and provides examples from the Qurʾān to facilitate understanding. Designed to be used in the classroom, the book includes review questions for the reader to be able to assess his/her understanding of the main concepts.

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Beyond Recitation: Tajwid and Spirituality: A commentary on the Khaqaniyyah of Abu Muzahim Al-Khaqani

Beyond Recitation: Tajwīd and Spirituality is a translation and commentary in English on one of the earliest texts of tajwīd written as a didactic poem, known as the Khāqāniyyah by Abū Muzāḥim. This poem is unique in that along with topics pertaining to tajwīd, it also mentions spiritual topics that are an important part of the development of every Muslim, especially students and teachers of the Book of Allah. The reader will find the Arabic text at the beginning of each discussion and the commentary of the line(s) will follow. This commentary serves as a transition for students as they move from their study of classical tajwīd texts to a study of the science of qirāʾāt, the canonical recitations of the noble Qurʾān.

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Tajwid Thoughts

As students progress on their journey of mastering the correct recitation of the Qurʾān, they face many obstacles, both academic and spiritual. This book seeks to inspire students and offers both practical and spiritual solutions to the obstacles students may face while learning tajwīd and the qirāʾāt, and teachers may face while teaching these sacred sciences. Chapters include: Choosing the right program of study, How to overcome recitation anxiety, recommended tajwīd textbooks, and how to effectively use technology to improve your tajwīd.

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