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
[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.