It has been a long time since I set back and spoke to you. One to one you know. My conversations with people have been dragged to one topic that is ”My Career” Alhamdulilah for righteous sisters who keep pulling me back to the path which concentrates on my Hereafter. For the past 2.5 months I have been taking Quran Tajweed classes online. Don’t freak out. It is for free and is organised by some well known Sheikhs in Saudi Arabia. Electronic Islamic Academy Maqraa is awesome. Can I just use that word? It is truly epic. Now I am talking like a child but you know what? It is the answer to my Dua.
Due to transportation issues and all the mahram issues I wasn’t able to travel to academy where I can learn the proper Tajweed and recite Quran based on the rules. I was extremely depressed about it. So one fine day while scrolling through my Facebook page I see this post about this academy that virtually teaches males and females online. I didn’t give a second thought I immediately registered. No looking back and within 2 days I received in my mail that I got accepted I got so happy and it took me about an hour to figure out the whole online class you know. So I was one hour 30 minutes late to my first class. That was on 6th December 2014.
Now I took classes for Quran at my school where Alhamdulilah I memorised some really big Surahs only because of my Teacher. She was from Sudan and she made sure we know Quran like seriously.
On the other hand at home I learned Tajweed but from this Sir lets just call him sir he had no freaking idea about Tajweed. He was teaching for the money. You have no idea when I reached the age I am now and I found out that what I am reciting is wrong I was all teary eyed. But there is always a but in a story I didn’t give up I continued to search for an academy in Riyadh mainly I wanted to be taught from a teacher who had a certificate in Quran. After a few weeks of mournful days Alhamdulilah by the grace of Allaah I found Maqraa. It is truly an achievement although I am still learning but you know what? I am blessed and so are you if you are reading this because we have found how to learn Quran while sitting at home regardless of your location.
Let’s talk about Maqraa. There are two sections Arabic and English. I am enrolled in the English section and my Quran Teacher my ”Ustadha” is from Egypt she can speak both in fluent English and ofcourse Arabic. She interacts with me in English and is the best at what she does.She has acquired her authentic certificate of reciting the Holy Quran. Now you can choose your class timing whenever it suits you. There are different teachers at different timing. I read half a page 6 days a week and Friday is the day off for everyone including the boys. They have a kids section for children age-3 and above. I can’t wait for my youngest brother to hit 3 and start his Quran classes. My first brother’s Ustadh is also from Egypt and he is currently making my brother memorise the 30th Juz. So every night 4 of us have Quran classes. Only my youngest brother feels left out. He bangs on the door and says ”I wanna learn Quran also” We just make sure he is out of the room. Yes I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers and 4 of us are studying Quran at Maqraa. You need a laptop/computer or a tablet/cellphone and internet connection to join a class. There are instructions mentioned on the website. We mainly use the laptop because we find it better but I know sisters who use cellphone because it is faster to enter a class.
They mark your attendance and you choose how many pages you are gonna read each day. I chose half a page so that I don’t stress myself out and since it is everyday I would advise you start with half a page and then work yourself up. The class is like you are speaking to her. It is like you are having a conversation on the phone. She can hear you and you can hear her and you recite and she corrects your mistakes. The most important part is invest in a good microphone. I got the Microsoft microphone which was a random buy but it turned out to be way better than my old ones. And the timings are Makkah timings so you have to adjust depending on your timezone. Riyadh and Makkah time is same so my clock was just fine with it. You either choose to read or to memorise. I read because I can’t memorise without knowing the tajweed rules. Thats about it. Go hurry. Register! I am sure you will love it.
P.S. If you are using an android cellphone then download Android Quran. These two apps are life savers. Seriously now I can do all I want and I don’t have to worry about breaking my wudhu.