1. Is it true that Ikhfa bevor letters with isti'la is diffrent then before the letters of istifal. I have learned that the ikhfa befeor the lettes of isti'la should also be pronounced with tafkhim.
Wa alaikum assalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
Yes, during the ghunnah of the ikhfa', the mouth gets ready to say the next letter, so if the next letter has
, the ghunnah will have tafkheem which will be clearly heard.
Wa feekum Al-barakah.