Monday, February 04, 2008

Thank You RTM 1, Ustaz Ravi & Hafiz

Maybe I'll never be able to teach the Qur'an, which is a sad thing because according to Grandma, it has been a tradition in the family but now that she's dead and I've been pretty hopeless not to remember anything she taught me, I believe I should be shot in the head with a high-caliber bullet, and buried in an unmarked grave.
Which is why I love to tune in to RTM 1 every Saturday and Sunday 11.00 pm, to watch people calling in to read a surah live while Ustaz Ravi listens to you and comments on the mistakes you make like not pronouncing the Qalqolah correctly, or you've stayed too long in a phrase or, other simple Tajwid rules which revive all the memories of the moments I had to endure, reading a surah so Grandma could correct me.
I believe I've got a lot to catch up since I've forgotten a good chunk of the Tajwid rules. It's there somewhere in my head, all I've gotta do is dig it out, nurse it, water it and take care of it. Maybe Grandma wont' like it to know that I've forgetten almost everything she taught me. She was very proud when I khatam the Qur'an when I was hardly 1o years old. But all this is history. It's a new chapter for me now.
Thank you RTM1. You're the best.
I believe you can read the Qur'an correctly but it's a good thing to watch this. I believe it should be watched by the whole family. Maybe you should call in to read a surah live.

16 Comments:

Blogger anedra said...

hey-thanks for the info! It's never too late for a refresher course. I certainly am in need of one!

1:14 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Anedra: Glad to be help on this one. You watch it, ok? It's a good thing. Hmmm, I'm beginning to sound like Martha Stewart.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Zabs said...

Salam Bergen,
Ustaz Ravi has proven to us, that if you want to read the Quran, properly, yes you can. There is no such thing like, "lidah dah keras tak boleh nak sebut huruf dengan betul dah" and so on.
I really don't have any excuses now, except that, I am terible when comes to reading it life to people. Maybe I should just watch and learn silently. Thanks Bergen.

3:15 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Zabs: I have Grandma to thank about the habit of reading the Qur'an daily. It can keep you on track. I neglected it once, and it got me off track almost to the point of no return. It's my personal experience and I don't plan to repeat the mistake. Not this time.

Yes, Zabs. Watch it, it's a 30 min. program, Saturday and Sunday 11.30pm. I like the way Martha Stewart says it: IT'S A GOOD THING.

It's the program I recommend to every Muslim of all ages.

4:53 PM  
Blogger cakapaje said...

Salam Bergen,

Hey bro, thanks for this info! I think I need to watch it too!

By the way, if ever you are interested to catch on a real mengaji class in KL, I would recommend you to go to Masjid Bukit Aman, behind the National Mosque. There's an Ustaz Abu Bakar who would teach adult from the very basic. My emak and I managed to attend from a period until she could no longer sit on the floor due to her leg problem. And since she is sometimes afraid of being home alone at nights, means I too had to stop. But if you're free, do go and at least listen how he teach - its fun, insightful and revealing.

6:36 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Cakapaje: Thank you for the information, sir. Maybe you wanna write about it i.e the schedule and stuff like that so those interested may pick up from there. I follow tajwid classes at UIA part-time to brush up. I think UIA has one of the best programmes, besides UM, a life-long learning programme that you can go and study every Saturday. The classes are conducted in the morning. They've got 3 modules which you can follow. You may sit for the exam, or you may not want to. It's a really good programme to.

I believe there's a range of things you can learn out there. Maybe we should make an effort to go learn, at least in the hereafter we can answer Allah that we try during our time on earth to understand Islam. We may not absorb much of it but at least we make an effort by sacrificing our time by watching less tv, spending less time blogging (he he) or yak yak yak at one of those trendy coffee outlets.

I know I don't have much time. I'm into my late 40s and Tokasid will have you know that at this age, one can pop out any time without a warning.

6:55 PM  
Blogger tokasid said...

Salam Bergen:

I'm touched with this info. I'll try to catch it this weekend.

It has been ages since I really sat down and read the Qur'an. Will need of brushing up,thats for sure.

KL sure have a lot to offer in terms of Qur'an classes.They are everywhere if we want to.

Another important thing about al-Qur'an, apart from reading it as good as possible and as frequent, its also important to understand what the verses meant. Many of us, me included don't understand Arabic( such a pity), but theres always Tafsir Bimbingan ArRahman,or Yusuf Ali,or Muhammad Azad.And there is a whole volume of Tafsir Ibn Kathir.

Thre is a weekly Tafsir class every Sunday morning(insyaALLAH) at DBP by Dr Abdullah Yassin( he comes down all the way from Perlis)which is very interesting with doses of hadith to explain the surahs.

Learning the Quran and hadith is a never ending effort, esp us in the late 40s and above bracket.

Once again,thank you Bergen.

8:38 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Tokasid: You've got it right there that there are classes every where in the Klang Valley one can go to to learn anything from Qur'an, tajwid and tafsir, or tarranum, hadith, tasawuf, fiqh, usuluddin. One can also sign up as part-time student for classes at UIA, or UM.

So there is really no excuse for something like 'I don't know much about Islam.' Strangely, it's those who don't read the Qur'an, or follow any of the classes are the ones to speak about Islam as if they know more than a mufti, or an ulamak. And they are the one who is quick to disagree with ulamak.

Yes, one should understand the meaning of of an Ayat and how it is related to a particular event and how Rosulallah manifested that ayat in a sunnah.

Yes, there are tafsir one can refer to, from simple ones like Ibn Kathir to more elaborate ones. It depends on the level of one's understanding.

You're got it right, Doc. That one should read Qur'an daily. It's the only book where one can find joy in reading it even though one has no idea the meaning of a surah. To me this is the magic of Qur'an. It a book that you will never tire of reading. It's the medicine to a heart disturbed by the fitnah of the duniya.

I long to hear the sound of Grandma and Aunt reading the Qur'an after the Subh prayer. I also long to hear them read the Qur'an long into the night after 'Isya' prayer. It's the sound I grew up with.

Watch this Tilawah Interaktif on RTM 1. It's 11.00 or 11.30 every Saturday and Sunday. It's a good thing.

Glad to spread this good thing among friends and the visitors to this blog.

11:10 PM  
Blogger Mek Na said...

yeah. i watched it few times.. i wld like to recommend similar programs on RTM1 and tv9, in the evening...(but cant call in laa)

i noticed that my tajwid ada tak betul when we formed groups to recite surah after surah during the lunch hour last ramadhan, yg pjg baca pendek n etc(baca kalut je)

11:43 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Mekna: I believe most of us are like you. We presume we know enough based on what we've learnt when we were young, until we pick the Qur'an and to have our reading checked by a teacher. It's only then we will realise that we've got to re-learn.

1:28 AM  
Blogger Fauziah Ismail said...

Salam Bergen
This goes to show that we can continue to learn if we want to as there are classes available in any mode.
Tokasid is right. While we perbetulkan bacaan tu as my Mak always comment when we recite verses to her, it is also best to understand what we are reciting.

1:44 PM  
Blogger Raden Galoh said...

Bergen dear...

Tahnk you for highlighting. I have not ben watching RTM1 program and such a program is definitely worth watching. I now know, where my re-learning source will be. In my village, I can always go to the mosque to learn tajwid and tafsir but it's the time that is not permitting. So with this program at the time that I'm at home, the children already sleeping, I'm able to focus and correct my recitation. Thank you brother.

4:26 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

Fauziah Ismail: Yes, it's a good thing to know the meaning of a surah. The Qur'an in itself if enough to shine the light to a darkened heart even when one doesn't understand the meaning. In fact one can strengthen the iman by reading it in Arabic. It's not the same as reading the translation alone, which doesn't have the magic of it.

Raden Galoh: Yes, it's a good programme. I found it out flipping the channels one night and found it at RTM1. I think they've got it right with this programme. It's a good thing.

9:51 PM  
Blogger ms hart said...

Mr Bergen,

Thank you for sharing this info and topic with us. Am tyring hard to inculcate this habit of reading the Quran every day. So topics like this is definitely encouraging! Thanks again and you keep well!

4:03 PM  
Blogger bergen said...

MsHart: Glad to spread the good work by RTM1 on this programme. I know it's not a popular station because of its overly patronizing content but I salute them for this program.

6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salam bro Bergen

I have watched the show. I love how the approach of the ustaz in that program. COrrecting without sounding condescending. Rasa bersemangat nak baca sama-sama masa tu. It's a great show.

~arena

1:52 AM  

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