Recitation of Ghayn

Answered by Shaykh Yusuf Weltch

Question: Assalamu alaykum

Must I stress the letter ‘ghayn’ when reciting if I have difficulty distinguishing it from the sound of ‘kha’?

Is it acceptable if the Iqama is recited softly?

Answer: In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

The Volume of Recitation in a Quiet Prayer

If reciting very quietly makes it difficult to recite the letter ‘ghayn’ properly you are allowed to raise your voice slightly. In a quiet prayer, however, you should not recite so loud that the first row can hear you. That would be considered reciting loudly.

[Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar citing the Khulasa]

If you happen to make the ‘kha’ sound when reciting the ‘ghayn’ the prayer remains valid.

[Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Learning Proper Recitation

With that being said, you need not stress over this but I would advise finding a reliable Qur’an teacher to teach you the proper exit point for the letters. This will facilitate for you improving your recitation.

Hope this helps
And Allah knows best
Yusuf Weltch

[Shaykh] Yusuf Weltch

Shaykh Yusuf Weltch is a graduate from Tarim; student of Habib Umar and other luminaries; and authorized teachers of Qur’an and the Islamic sciences.