First, I would like to start with this ayah “Those to whom We have sent the Book study it as it should be studied: They are the ones that believe therein: Those who reject faith therein, – the loss is their own ” (surah AL-Baqarah) – verse 121.
And to recite Qur’an correctly we use (tajweed). And (tajweed) is some rules you follow it during reading, and once you did that you would find yourself reciting perfectly. In Arabic (Tajweed) means proficiency or doing something well.
How to use Tajweed to read Qur’an:
So, you should start with learning (Tajweed) rules, it teaches you how to pronounce certain words so that you can recite the Qur’an properly. Every letter is pronounced specifically from a certain part of the mouth, and it is obligatory to recite the Qur’an as it is written, and if you apply all the rules of (Tajweed), then that is much better.
How to study Tajweed:
To study (Tajweed) you should take it point by point and rule by rule, don’t try to study all of it one time, because you will get so confused. There are many rules in (Tajweed), and it can be daunting to memorize them all. Luckily, some Qur’ans are color-coded to help you identify some of the (Tajweed) rules. However, you should take your time when learning (Tajweed); learn a specific rule, then practice using that rule. Try to read very slowly at first to recognize your mistakes and avoid it in the future.
The good places to recite Qur’an:
When you are practicing, make sure that you are in a quiet place with no distractions. Also, you can read at mosques, it’s always the place for praying and reciting.
For non-Arabic native speakers usually perfecting the sounds of some letters and words can be very difficult. Keep practicing. You don’t need a fixed time and place to practice. However, it takes time to master (Tajweed). And if you persevere and put effort, you will get the reward of trying. As our profit Mohamed said “The one who is proficient in the recitation of the Qur’an will be with the honorable and obedient scribes (angels) and he who recites the Qur’an and finds it difficult to recite, doing his best to recite it in the best way possible, will have a double reward.”
And also, if you understand the meaning of what you are reciting, that will help you for sure.
A personal advice:
Leave about half an hour out of your daily schedule to read the Qur’an with the (tajweed) rules that you have learned before and learn a new one every day, if doesn’t matter if it’s a small or an easy rule, the important thing is that you move forward every day, and don’t rush yourself. And always remember that If you don’t put effort into it, you’ll never be able to recite the Qur’an perfectly.
Listening to Quran:
For me the most important thing is to listen to famous reciters for example “Abdul Basit Abdus Samad”, “Mahmoud Khalil El-Hussary” and “Mashary Rashed Al-Afasy”. They are people who have studied under the most renowned scholars and who have dedicated their life to the study of (Tajweed). Try to recite as they recite. And the more you listen the better you will be.