Color-Coded Qur'an

    A new fad called ‘Color Coded Qurân’ has been introduced in some quarters. Looking at a copy of such a color-Qurân, one is appalled at the degree of defilement of the sacred Qurânic text. The whole Qurân is messed with a variety of colors in which different words have been shaded. The misguided inventors of this silly fad have failed to understand the notoriety of their act. A fad has been introduced for commercial purposes using the glorious Qurân Majeed—the noblest and the most sacred of Allah’s Scriptures. The mess of colors defacing the Qurân Majeed is an act of defilement of Allah’s Book. In the misconception of the originators of this sacrilege, the frivolous method of dumb ‘tajweed’, which the colors purport to teach, is the best method for teaching Tajweed. This misconception implies that the method and system of teaching Tajweed which Rasulullah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had imparted to the Sahaabah is obsolete — that it has outlived its utility, hence the need for the ludicrous methods of western kindergarten schools.


    It should be borne in mind that Tajweed is a sacred branch of Shar’i Uloom. It is directly associated with the Qurân Majeed. It is a branch of Ilm, which has attained its highest state of perfection in the very time of Rasulullah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Jibraeel (peace be upon him) taught Rasulullah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) the way of Qurân Tilaawat with Tajweed. Rasulullah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) passed on this Ilm and the method to his Sahaabah who in turn produced the greatest Qurraa (plural of Qaari) the world has ever seen. Until the Day of Qiyaamah no one can hope to supersede and surpass the standard and degree of excellence and perfection in Tajweed and Qira’at which the great Qurraa among the Sahaabah had achieved.


    There is no better method nor will there ever be a better method of teaching Tajweed than the method which the Ummah has inherited from the illustrious authorities of the Khairul Quroon era. It is not permissible to displace the holy Method of Islam with this or any other new-fangled method. The ‘color-coded’ method is indeed ridiculous. Anyone accepting this fad and sacrilegious method at the cost of abandoning the study of Tajweed, will be falling from the sublime to the ridiculous.


    It is not permissible to adopt this method as an aid to recite the Qurân Majeed. It is not permissible to defile the holy text of the Qurân Majeed with this type of silly interpolation. It is not permissible to buy and sell such Qurân copies. The only correct and valid method of acquiring the Ilm of Tajweed is to study it in the way the Ummah has been studying it for the past fourteen centuries. Tajweed, like all the other branches of Deeni Uloom, are not mundane pieces of equipment which are upgraded constantly and which are rendered obsolete when a better version is invented.


    While there is and will always be advancement in technology and mundane sciences, there can never be such advancement in the Branches of Shar’i Uloom. on the contrary, the closer Qiyaamah approaches, the more deterioration sets in. Standards in Ilm and Taqwa are on the decline, not on the advance.

    Just as everything else, including the Hajj, is heavily commercialized in this age, so too is the sacred Text of the Qurân Majeed being commercialized. The greed of the publishers of this corruption is conspicuously displayed by their registration of copyrights. If they had a true understanding of Ilm and a true feeling for the Qurân Majeed, they would never have stooped to the extremely low moral ebb of preventing others from distributing and disseminating Qurânic knowledge and methods of ta’leem.

    Muslims should not be so prone to gullibility to fall in every trap which the Shaitaan sets to divert from the ways, methods and styles of the Salf-e-Saaliheen. Remember that along with a method comes the attitudes and effects of its founders and originators. By the same token, when a Sacred Method is abandoned, the roohaani (spiritual) effects, which grace such a holy Method, are also lost. Thus, there is a world of difference teaching the Qurân Majeed sitting on the floor in humility and teaching it in kuffaar style sitting on benches in the way in which they do at kuffaar schools. Some so-called ’Islamic’ schools too have incorporated the style of the kuffaar to teach the Qurân. In these methods of the kuffaar, which displace the Methods of the Salf-e-Saaliheen, there is no goodness. Such ways destroy whatever little spirituality there may still be. May Allâh Ta’ala open up the minds and eyes of Muslims to see and understand the harms and ruin in new-fangled methods which displace the Methods of the illustrious pious predecessors who were all the students of the Sahaabah or the Students of their Students.

Condensed from:  “The Majlis” Vol.15 No.5
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Published: March 2005