When Must Tajwid Be Applied?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat


I wanted to ask: on what is tajwid applicable? Is it only limited to recitation of the Quran? Does one have to apply the rules of tajwid when making salawat upon the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) in salah or when reciting Du’a al-Qunut in Witr? 

Similarly, what if one makes a du’a from the Quran (in and out of Salah), would tajwid have to be applied?


I pray you are well. 

The rules of tajwid only need to be applied when reciting the Qur’an, which includes within the prayer too. Beyond that, one should try their best to pronounce the letters properly, and add the tafkhim to the name of Allah when it is said.

Beyond that, it does not have to be applied in when making dhikr, or reading hadith, or any other devotional act. One can even say Quranic dua without the ghunnas and ikhfas.

Learn Tajwid and Reciting with It

Reciting the Quran with Tajwid is one of the ways of showing reverence to the Qur’an. ”Whoever reveres the distinctive signs of Allah [has Godfearingness in his heart[, for it is from the Godfearingness of hearts. (Quran, 22:32)

Doing so expresses one’s respect and reverence of the Quran. It also magnifies the meaning the words convey through the expression of the sounds of the Quran. 

May Allah fill our hearts will love of the Quran.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History, he moved to Damascus in 2007, where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital. He was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.