Assalamu aleikum wa rahmatu lilahi wa barakatuh
A) I have a copy of the Quran by the way of Warsh. I have noticed that in many places (in Warsh), there is a black dot underneath many words. For example in surat Ghafir verse 1 (ha miim), there is a black dot under the letter "ha" as well as in the verse 41 of that same surat (Ghafir) under the word "an Naar". These are just two examples; thus I would like to know the
purpose of those dots underneath words I believe containing an alif. In other words, is there a special way of reading when encountering those dots?
B) Among the 7 recitations, which one should a Muslim move to right after the completion of the Quran by Hafs? Should he/she learn Asoosy or Khalaf ‘an Hamzah? In another words which recitation is much more easier to learn right after Hafs?
wa salamu aleikum wa rahmatulilahi wa barakatuh
Wa alaikum assalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
A. The black dot indicates a place where there is lessor imaalah or . Warsh reads with the separated letter that is found at the beginning of some surahs. Also, Warsh reads with on the alif of the word when there is a kasrah on the .
B. We cannot give a general rule as to which one of the ways of rectation Muslims should move to after completing the memorization and mastering the tajweed of the reading of Hafs. Many go on to the reading of Warsh because it is still prevalent in countries of North Africa, but Warsh is not similar to Hafs. The easiest to learn after Hafs would be Shu’bah, the other riwaayah of ‘Aasim, or Qaloon, and/or Ibn Katheer.
Wa iyyaaakum. Wa assalaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.