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The Muslim Students’ Association at the University of Maryland, College Park

Al-Qur’an

Recitation & Memorization Program


  1. Class Levels:  Four; 1, 2, 3, & 4 with defined curriculum – determined by testing
  2. Class Days:  Every Friday
  3. Class Time:  10:00am to 10:50am, 11:00am to 11:50am, & 12:00pm to 12:50pm
  4. Class Location:  Student Involvement Suite
  5. Duration:  9 weeks – October to December 2009
  6. Class start Date:  Friday, October 02, 2009

Teacher: Brother Ridwanur Rahman

Program Objective

After successful completion of all four Qur’an class levels (1 hour per week plus homework), students will be able to read the Qur’an at a proficient level. Students will also be skilled at reciting (from memory as well as from the Mushaf) the Qur’an with proper pronunciation and tajweed. Students will also have a strong and practical understanding of several suwar of Juz Amma.

Class Curriculum

Level 1

  1. Reading: Students will read from Al- Qa’idah Noorani. They will have to spell read the whole book. They will learn simple tajweed rules through the book’s color code. Pronunciation of letters will be stressed.
  2. Memorization: Students will memorize from Surah Asr- Nas.

Final Expectations

Students must complete Al-Qaidah Noorani. They must have surahs Asr-Nas memorized.

Level 2

  1. Reading: Students will begin reading from the Quran. They will be reading from Mushaf Al Medina. They will read from Juz 1-10. The objective will be to strengthen their reading and recitation from the Quran.
  2. Tajweed: Students will first review lessons learned from the Qaidah (i.e shaddah, maddah) Students will be introduced to the rules of Ikfah, Idgham, Ith-har, Iqlab, and Qalqalah. Students will continue to work on pronunciation of letters. They will learn about the lightness and heaviness of some letters. They will learn about the rules of meem and noon shaddah.
  3. Memorization/Review: Students will first review all surahs memorized from the previous level. After reviewing and strengthening surahs Asr-Nas, the student will memorize surahs Duha- takathur.

Final expectation

Students must complete reading Juz 1-10. They must show they can detect the rules of ikfah, idgham, ith-har, Iqlab, and Qalqalah in the Quran. They must show and understanding of when to make a letter light or heavy. They must recite surahs Duha- Nas to show they have the surahs memorized.

Level 3

  1. Reading: Students will read from Juz 11-20. They will continue to work on strengthening their recitation from the Quran.
  2. Tajweed: Students will continue to work on the rules of Ikfah, Idgham, Ith-har, Iqlab, and Qalqalah. They will strengthen these rules and show a better understanding and grasp. They will start to memorize the letters associated with all of the rules. They will learn the rules of meem sakinah (ikfah, idgham, and ith-har of meem.)  They will learn about the rules of Ra and Laam. They will learn al-Lam Al Qamariayah and as-Shamsiyah.
  3. Memorization: Students will first review everything memorized from the previous levels. They will then go on to memorize surahs Inshiqaq- Lail.

Final Expectations

Students must complete reading Juz 11-20.  They must show a strong improvement in the strength of their reading. They must show an understanding and application of the rules of Ikfah, Ith-har, Idgham, Iqlab, and Qalqalah. They must know the rules of lam, ra, and meem. They must be able to recite surahs Inshiqaq-Nas with the tajweed rules learned.

Level 4

  1. Reading: Students will read from Juz 21-30.
  2. Tajweed: Students will review and strengthen all the tajweed rules learned in the previous levels. They will have to put the tajweed rules in application when reading the Quran. They will then learn the terms of new tajweed rules (i.e. Idgham Mumathilayn, Mutajanisayn, Mutaqrabayn.)
  3. Memorization: Students will review all surahs memorized from the previous levels. They will then go on to memorize surahs Naba- Mutafifeen.

Final Expectations

The student must complete the reading of the whole Quran. They must show application of the tajweed rules learned. They must be able to recite all of Juz Amma by memory.

Final Expectations and Test

Once a student completes level 4, he will have to take a final exam of everything learned in all 4 levels.  They will be tested in three different ways: reading from the Quran, recitation from memory, and written test. The student will have to read a couple of pages from a random passage from the Quran and they must recite all of Juz Amma. They will have to show an understanding of all of the tajweed rules learned by implementing them in their recitation. In addition, they will have a written test which will test them on the names of the tajweed rules and letters associated with each rule.

Once passing the test, the student has three different options: they may leave the class and continue to read the Quran by themselves, they may teach the Quran at UMD as a teacher/assistant, or they may join a Masjid’s Qur’an reading and memorization program.

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