Yesterday, in the serene environment of the Ghameh Omer Al Rawas Mosque in Salalah, I witnessed the happiness of 150 women and 34 children and young adults being awarded for their reading, memorizing and reciting of the Holy Qur’an. The youngest pupil was five years old. One year all these pupils were guided by seven teachers. Women who did already twenty years the effort to read, memorize and recite the Holy Book were extra honored. After receiving the certificates and prices, a nice dinner was offered to the teachers, the pupils, their mothers and grandmothers.
What I learned is that, reading the Holy Qur’an properly is not just looking to the words but the reader has to understand. Memorizing the Qur’an is an act of worship. Reciting the Qur’an, the most difficult part, is a science. Every letter has to be recited with the correct pronunciation. A small mistake in the pronunciation can change the meaning of an entire verse. Recitation has to be learned properly.