The statement "we don't have to THINK about emphasizing..." has confused me slightly. Although, this statement is..

Assalamu Alaykum Brothers,

You mentioned....

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"...If we are continuing after the qalqalah, it will not be as noticeable as when we stop on a word with the last letter being a qalqalah letter.  We do not have to think about emphasizing it though when we stop on a word ending with a qalqalah...."

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The statement "we don't have to THINK about emphasizing..." has confused me slightly. Although, this statement is probably the reason why I have not been able to spot a clear difference between the sughra and kubra qalqalahs when recited by shuyookh.... but then if they are really the same ( apart from being the last sound ) why has the qalqalah even been categorised as two separate entities ? I mean from my limited understanding, most sounds will be much clearer and NOTICEABLE if they are the last any way, compared to being recited in the middle of an ayah.... ! 

So could you kindly clarify this for me, as I have been trying to emphasize qalqalah kubra more than the sughra. Please let me know if I should stop doing that and recite them the same .. and eventually expect the kubra to be clearer automatically !! 

Jazakallah

Answer

Wa alaikum assalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.

There is a difference in sound and it is noticeable stronger when stopping, but it is the fact that we are stopping that makes the qalqalah sound come out stronger.  One doesn’t really need to put more emphasis in it though, and that is what we meant by not having to think about it, we did not mean that there is no noticeable difference.  The stronger qalqalah when stopping is a natural result of making a qalqalah and stopping on that letter.  The sound has more time to come out when stopping than when continuing since we are immediately pronouncing another letter.  Try listening to a qalqalah in the middle of a word on one particular letter, and listen to a qalqalah on the same letter when it is the last letter of the word and you are stopping on that letter.  Insha’ Allah you will hear the stronger qalqalah on the letter being stopped on, and that is the reason why there are two categories. 

Your point about all sounds being more noticeable when being the last sound is true for only a few letters and they are the qalqalah letters, but a saakinah in the middle of a word sounds just like a saakinah when stopping at the end of a word, and a saakinah in the middle of a word sounds the same as a saakinah when stopping at the end of a word.

Without listening to you read, we are cautious to comment further, but sometimes when students are trying too hard to make the qalqalah, they add a hamzah at the end, which is incorrect.  This is just something for you to be aware of, for you very well may be reciting correctly.

Insha’ Allah this is clearer. 

Wa iyyaakum