What is the difference between Tarteel vs Tajweed ?
Tajweed is the science of the rules of recitation of the Quran. Reciting with tajweed means that one is applying the rules of tajweed. A related word is “mujawwad”.
Tarteel means reading as the Prophet (PBUH) used to recite and as he was ordered to by Allah. [wa rattil il-Qurana tarteela] (Muzzammil 4). The tafsir of this aya (according to ibn kahteer) is to recite the Qur’an slowly, making the letters clear because this is an assistance in understanding and pondering the meaning of the Qur’an. A related word is “Murattal”.
When asked about the meaning of Tarteel, Ali (Radhiallahu Anhu) replied, ‘It means that the Qur’an should be recited with Tajweed and with due observance to the rules of Waqf (pausing or stopping at the end of the verse).’
In this sense, there is no difference between the two words.
We will use the term Tajweed to refer to the science (the group of rules) that we wish to master in order to recite with Tarteel.
The most valuable learning and reciting is the one performed by carfully observing language, mind and heart. The language takes care of the accuracy of the sounds and words, mind interprets their meaning and the heart keeps their instructions, advices and warnings. So the language speaks, mind recognizes and heart receives the moral message.
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