Part 5: Sukoon (The Non-Vowel)

Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salātu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa rasoolillahi

Ammā Ba’d: (In the name of Allah ‎سبحانه وتعالى and blessings upon the messenger ﷺ )

As promised last week, I will try and stick to sharing my notes on how to read Qur’an on Fridays so just to sound cheesy, I’ll call it Qur’an Fridays! Cheesy no? yes? Ok fine.

Before we begin insha allah, I would just like to state that if you follow my blog, you will realise that there has been changes. Lots of changes in fact. I am perhaps the most bipolar person and change my mind every 5 minutes but I’ll try not to drag it into the blogging world. I have now decided to be taking my own images or use images of people I have full consent from to avoid any form of copyright. Besides, I must say my page looks much better too (feedback given by friends).  

So to begin this week’s lesson, let’s recite our du’a:


Allaahumma laa sahla ‘illaa maal ja’altahu sahlan wa ‘Anta taj’alul-hazna ‘ithaa shi’ta sahlan.

‘O Allah, there is no ease other than what You make easy. If You please, You ease sorrow.’

🖤 Sukoon or Jazm is the name given to the symbols below. Its sign can take two forms depending on which script you are using. The Arabic Qur’an is in the uthmani script which has the half moon sign for sukoon. Unfortunately, I do not have that symbol neither on laptop nor my phone and as I have mentioned before, I am techno challenged but we can use the full moon sign of sukoon for our understanding now which is what is more important.

 Half moon symbol

  Full moon symbol


🖤 Sukoon comes from the Arabic word which means tranquil or peaceful as it is silent. The letter with a sukoon symbol does not carry a sound on its own.

🖤 It is referred to as the non-vowel because it works in the opposite way to the harakaat (vowels)

🖤 When reading a letter with Sukoon, no movement of the jaw is applied, rather the letter is pronounced on its own directly from its articulation point (makhraj)

🖤 The Sukoon allows us to feel and hear the articulation point of the letters

🖤The letter with Sukoon joins with the letter before it which has a harakah.

Now let’s join letters and try and come up with the sound on your own. I am hoping that you by now know and recognise the letters. For those of you that are still trying to recognise them, here you go!















Please note: The letters with asterix (*) produce a bouncing sound. We won’t get into that just yet as it is part of the Tajweed rules called Qalqalah but insha allah we will soon.

Till I find a trusted male to partake in my Qur’an series, we will have to rely on youtube which by the way, the videos are excellent as they help understand clearly.  Any issues, do not hesitate to send me a quick email and I will be sure to reply you insha allah.

Please watch this video to help you get the pronunciation of the letters with sukoon right.

Great! that would be all for this week insha allah. Next week, we can do some exercises on mixed harakaat (vowels) and sukoon (non vowel) and form some words from the Qur’an.

Oh! As it is Friday, Don’t forget to read Suratul Kahf and make those dua’s in the last hour.

WasSallallahu ‘alā Nabiyinā Muhammad.

   Your Sister in Islam (Umm Yusuf / Mina) 

Picture ~ The Gambia

Credit goes to:My institute that taught me Qur’an from the letters to tarteel.

May  Allah preserve all those that taught me and make it as a sadaqa jariya for them. Ameen.

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