Now, when it comes to the Quran centres and teachers, people make often make half-hearted commitment i.e. they don’t have a plan that will cover their journey with the Quran and they just rely on whatever is being taught.
For the ones who want to complete the recitation of Quran in proper time, without it taking decades or over 5 years, you will need a solid plan for yourself and then discuss it with either the centre you’re at or the teacher you will be studying with.
Don’t pick a centre that’s too far or a teacher who’s too busy, as this will cause unnecessary delays and frustrations for you. If you are super busy, then it shouldn’t take you over 5 years to master the tajweed, recitation and memorisation of the Quran, and if you only want to recite Quran without memorisation, then it shouldn’t take you over 3. The ones who don’t memorise don’t have to plan for their revision, new memorisation, etc. so it should take lesser time.
By the way, the above passage said SUPER busy, not lazy, there’s a difference. At a normal pace, those who aren’t too busy and can give Quran time daily (and why would you not want to make time for Quran every day?), it should just take them a year and a half to complete the whole Quran for recitation alone, and two for memorisation.
Ideally, you should have access to your Quran teacher 5-6 times a week in the beginning, when you are just learning the proper rules and practising. Once you cross the threshold of beginners, you’ll be able to manage 2/3 sessions weekly with no issues.
As a reciter, you have to decide which path to pursue: Recitation only, or recitation + memorisation?
In the next post, I will cover the pros and cons of both recitation versus memorization.