Qur’anic recitation

(also: Tajwid) Qur’an means “recitation.” It is a sacred text meant to be recited and heard. Before the written form of the Qur’an, reciters preserved the verses in memory. Today, young Muslim children learn to recite the Qur’an from memory, and professional reciters perform for special occasions, such as festivals and funerals. The science of tajwid, “making beautiful,” defines strict rules of pronunciation and intonation and separates Qur’anic recitation from musical art in form and intent.