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Summarizing al-Durrah: The principles of the narrations of Imams Abū Jaʿfar, Yaʿqūb, and Khalaf

Our scholars have always understood the needs of their times and have written works to accommodate the changing needs of students of knowledge. Qārī Anīs Khān (R) of India was one of these great scholars. Passing away in 1990, Qārī Anīs (R) wrote books in Urdu summarizing each one of the main didactic poems taught in the field of qirāʾāt. His summary of the principles contained in al-Durrah al-Muḍīʾah is named al-Fawāʾid al-Mutammimah lī Qirāʾāt al-ʿAshr.  Generally studied before al-Durrah al-Muḍīʾah,  al-Fawāʾid al-Mutammimah ensures that students are comfortable with the details of the didactic poem before embarking on a study of the text itself, allowing them to more easily remember the information presented in the didactic poem. Summarizing al-DurrahThe principles of the narrations of Imams Abū Jaʿfar, Yaʿqūb, and Khalaf is a book based on respected Qārī Anīs’s (R) work. It summarizes the principles of these three narrations and serves as a textbook to be used in classrooms or a quick reference for those who have already studied al-Durrah al-Muḍīʾah.

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Within Its Depths: How the Canonical Recitations Affect the Meaning of the Qurʾān

Within Its DepthsHow the Canonical Recitations Affect the Meaning of the Qurʾān begins with a chapter that gives an overview of  the canonical recitations of the Qurʾān. This chapter is then followed by a verse-by-verse explanation of how the canonical recitations add nuance to the meanings of Sūrah al-Kahf, a sūrah that many Muslims read or listen to on Fridays. This work intentionally does not include discussions related to the development of the science of the canonical recitations, such as the names of the ten major reciters, etc. but rather, approaches the subject in a more general way, with the hopes of making these discussions more accessible. This work seeks to aid Muslims in understanding how the canonical recitations of the Qurʾān add layers of meaning, and also exposes the reader to the centuries of Islamic scholarship on this subject. It can be read to increase one’s personal connection and understanding of the  Qurʾān , and can also be used as a useful resource in Qurʾānic studies’ classrooms to introduce students to this aspect of the study of the Qurʾān

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RECITING QĀLŪN: A brief guide to the principles of the narration of Imam Qālūn

Reciting Qālūn is a short booklet that explains the principles of the narration of Imam Qālūn, one of the canonical recitations of the Qurʾān. It provides the reader with biographies of the respected Imams whose readings are being studied, and then moves chapter by chapter, detailing both the concepts of qirāʾāt and the rules for Imam Qālūn. It uses language that is simple and accessible, while tying the rules back to the classical text of the Shāṭibiyyah by providing the relevant line numbers in the footnotes. After studying this text with a teacher, a student would be able to correctly apply the principles of the narration of Imam Qalun while reading from a copy of the Qur’an in his narration.

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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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