I am Faraj Hasan. I have been learning Qur’anic recitation since the age of five. In the beginning, my lessons started with my mother, at home. We would reinforce my memory of short surahs as we were cleaning, cooking, riding in the car and other tasks. My mother would recite an ayah from a surah, pause, then expect me to pick-up where she left off. Recalling the fun times I had with this skill set, as an adult learner, I began adoption the same method that I learned from my mother as a child to teach others, in the attempt to gain reward from Allah (SWT). I learned over time that reciting for my mother when she was ill, or upset about something would bring her comfort.
During my childhood I had a number of Quran instructors. Throughout my time overseas in Egypt, Quran was a great part of the school’s curriculum. However, I also had to take individual lessons at home. My mother always told me that my recitation calmed her soul, and that I had a special way of reciting, In addition, I was fortunate to have had one instructor teach recitation when I lived in the United States. When I was 20 years old, I began teaching Quran to the youth at a local masjid, and to some of the elderly in the community.