Color-Coded Quran

A new fad called ‘Colour Coded Qur’aan’ has been introduced in some quarters. Looking at a copy of such a colour-Qur’aan, o­ne is appalled at the degree of defilement of the sacred Qur’aanic text. The whole Qur’aan is messed with a variety of colours in which different words have been shaded.The misguided inventors of this silly fad have failed to understand the notriety of their act. A fad has been introduced for commercial purposes using the glorious Qur’aan Majeed—the noblest and the most sacred of Allah’s Scriptures. The mess of colours defacing the Qur’aan Majeed is an act of defilement of Allah’s Book. In the misconception of the originators of this sacrilege, the frivolous method of dumb ‘tajweed’ which the colours purport to teach, is the best method for teaching Tajweed. This misconception implies that the method and system of teaching Tajweed which Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had imparted to the Sahaabah is obsolete — that it has outlived its utility, hence the need for the ludicrous methods of western kindergarten schools.


It should be borne in mind that Tajweed is a sacred branch of Shar’i Uloom. It is directly associated with the Qur’aan Majeed. It is a branch of Ilm which has attained its highest state of perfection in the very time of Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam). Jibraeel (alayhis salaam) taught Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) the way of Qur’aan Tilaawat with Tajweed. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) passed o­n this Ilm and the method to his Sahaabah who in turn produced the greatest Qurraa (plural of Qaari) the world has ever seen. Until the Day of Qiyaamah no o­ne can hope to supersede and surpass the standard and degree of excellence and perfection in Tajweed and Qira’at which the great Qurraa among the Sahaabah had achieved.

The illustrious Imaams of Qira’at among the Sahaabah disseminated this Ilm and its methods of ta’leeem to the Taabieen who in turn transmited it o­n to their Students and so o­n until it reached the Ummah in every epoch down the long corridor of Islam’s 14 century history. Every age produced illustrious Aimmah and Qurraa in this Branch of Ilm.

It is the height of absurdity and perfidy to even suggest that the stupid colour-code method introduced by non-entities for monetary gain can come anywhere near to the Methods of teaching Tajweed in the Khairul Quroon era. To suggest that this ‘colour-code’ method of defiling the Qur’aanic text supersedes the Methods of the illustrious Sahaabah, Taabieen and Tabe Taabieen is tantamount to kufr. In this belated age some silly ‘wiseman’ thought it smart to mess up the Qur’aanic text and defile the Sacred Scripture of Allah Ta’ala with a variety of colours used primarily to amuse kindergarten kids.


There is no better method nor will there ever be a better method of teaching Tajweed than the method which the Ummah has inherited from the illustrious Authorities of the Khairul Quroon era. It is not permissible to displace the holy Method of Islam with this or any other new-fangled method. The ‘colour-coded’ method is indeed ridiculous. Anyone accepting this fad and sacrilegious method at the cost of abandoning the study of Tajweed, will be falling from the sublime to the ridiculous.


It is not permissible to adopt this method as an aid to recite the Qur’aan Majeed. It is not permissible to defile the holy text of the Qur’aan Majeed with this type of silly interpolation. It is not permissible to buy and sell such Qur’aan copies. The o­nly correct and valid method of acquiring the Ilm of Tajweed is to study it in the way the Ummah has been studying it for the past fourteen centuries. Tajweed, like all the other branches of Deeni Uloom, are not mundane pieces of equipment which are upgraded constantly and which are rendered obsolete when a better version is invented.


While there is and will always be advancement in technology and mundane sciences, there cannever be such advancement in the Branches of Shar’i Uloom. o­n the contrary, the closer Qiyaamah approaches, the more deterioration sets in. Standards in Ilm and Taqwa are o­n the decline, not o­n the advance.

Just as everything else, including the Hajj, is heavily commercialized in this age, so too is the sacred Text of the Qur’aan Majeed being commercialised. The greed of the publishers of this corruption is conspicuously displayed by their registration of copyrights. If they had a true understanding of Ilm and a true feeling for the Qur’aan Majeed, they would never have stooped to the extremely low moral ebb of preventing others from distributing and disseminating Qur’aanic knowledge and methods of ta’leem.

Although the stupid colour-code method is not a valid method of Tajweed, nevertheless, in the minds of its inventors it is the best ever method. So, if they are sincere and they have the Goals of the Qur’aan in mind, and if they understand who had revealed the Qur’aan and to whom, and why, then never would they have scraped the bottom of the barrel in miserliness and worldliness by debarring others from aiding in the process of dissemination of Qur’aanic knowledge. But since the whole exercise is nothing but the effect of worldliness and the desire for monetary gain, it has become imperative for them to resort to kuffaar strategems of law to prevent other Muslims from publishing and distributing this silly colour-code method which has truly defiled the Sacred Text.

Muslims should not be so prone to gullibility to fall in every trap which shaitaan sets to divert from the ways, methods and styles of the Salf-e-Saaliheen. Remember that along with a method comes the attitudes and effects of its founders and originators. By the same token, when a Sacred Method is abandoned, the roohaani (spiritual) effects which grace such a holy Method are also lost. Thus, there is a world of difference teaching the Qur’aan Majeed sitting o­n the floor in humility and teaching it in kuffaar style sitting o­n benches in the way in which they do at kuffaar schools. Some so-called ’Islamic’ schools too have incorporated the style of the kuffaar to teach the Qur’aan. In these methods of the kuffaar which displace the Methods of the Salf-e-Saaliheen there is no goodness. Such ways destroy whatever little spirituality there may still be. May Allah Ta’ala open up the minds and eyes of Muslims to see and understand the harms and ruin in new-fangled methods which displace the Methods of the illustrious Pious Predecessors who were all the Students of the Sahaabah or the Students of their Students.

["The Majlis"]


19 Responses

  1. Your language is rude, harsh and very offensive. Colors perfectly do portray tajweed rules, provided that you know them. My students, tremendously get benefited from such mushaf.

    Do something useful for ummah. But before that, please educate yourself how to speak politely without offending sincere people whose aim is to teach muslims, and to convey dawah.

    May Allah correct and guide us all in His straight path.

  2. i have learned a lot from the color coded quran and don’t agree as to what u have to say. To start with the quran was never written in RasoolAllah (SAW) time. It was written in abu bakr’s time that too without the fatah,kesraa and dummah. all those were added in uthman’s time and as time passed more of it was added. So now are u saying that the quran we are reading is wrong all together???????? if this color is not allowed then even probably a written quran shldnt be allowed?? There is no point in getting to the nitty gritties of such things. Is there a hadith that tells us not to to do so? No right! there was no comment about it so leave it to Allah to deciede whether its right or wrong. U needn’t pass judgements upon us. Because of such invaluble statements that offend people our ummah is split. Concentrate on the common grounds and get our ummah together instead so that these jews dont get the better of us. WE are failing so badly as a nation in this world because of lack unity. So get to the common ground, leave such trivial matters that are of no use for the sake of Allah. May Allah guide us all.

  3. Asalmu Alykum

    We are not all Aluma, a lot of us are students trying to read The Holy Quran correctly and the color coded tajweed has been a great help for many. The color-coded tajweed is not ridicules, if anything it’s a genius idea. You can’t imagine how much easier it becomes for me to read the Holy Quran with the help of the color-coded tajweed.

    I also agree with Halid, you’re words and way of writing are offensive. If you want to get a message through, use proper and mature language. As the other person said, you have no proof. You said this method is “not permissible” you’re speaking as if you have proof or as if you’re 100% sure, but you aren’t and you don’t have proof. You’re intentions might have been different, but the message your writing has sent is a very negative and offensive one.

    Have you even tried using color-coded tajweed as opposed to using a Quran with one color? It makes a huge difference.


  4. Sir,
    What is wrong in using colours to teach holy Quran to millions of nonarabic speaking people.The niyat is good and insallah the results will be also very good.

  5. Asslamu Alayikum
    Your opinion is not only wrong ,ill mannered and of no value at all. I have found very helpful for myself and lot of others . What is wrong ?
    Wassalam u Alaiykum

  6. Salaam
    I think that a colour coded Quran is perectly acceptable in Islam, research shows that using colour increases the chances of remembering something by 72% – so by colour coding the Quran, people will begin remembering when to use the tajweed rules and later leave the colour coded Quran and just read it normally whilst still remembering the tajweed rules. Thank You
    Jazakallah Khairun

  7. asalaamu alaikum



  8. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this method of teaching, my children and myself have benefitted greatly from such a clever scheme which may I have to say does not require for me to beat or treat my children badly as I have experienced in so many masjids. rather it allows them the opportunity to learn tajweed rules with the ease of understanding whereby they remember. Certainly it moves away from traditional methods but as my children are encouraged by their teachers to keep this method because of the ease it brings to their life. Sometimes we should think before we speak Islam moves with the times and is not confined to such narrow views it meets the requirements of new generations of new Muslims. it is the same book regardless of the colour coded reference, the colours don’t change the meaning of a single ayah nor does it take or depreciate the message or speech of Allah but affords the simple to enjoy its beautiful discourse and to take benefit from its wisdom.

  9. Your way of writing is unbelievable rude and offensive. Don’t you know that the heaviest thing on the scale on the Day of Judgment is good manners brother?

    Can you please give us the hadiths/ayat/scholar’s opinions to the ruling you came to about these color-coded tajweed Qurans?

    May Allah guide us to that which earns His pleasure.


  10. Great article! I bet a lot of work went into this post.

  11. To my common sense it says there is nothing wrong in colour coded Quran. It only helps the non Arabic speaking people to understand the quran more.

    In my case I am very poor in Arabic language. this colour coded quran is helping me a lot to understand the deep meanings of the quran well.

    If they commercialise the colour coded quran then there may be some negative effects.

    I agree with Lubnas and Muhammad Gafoors comments.

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  14. Nothing wrong with color coded Quran. However, I was told that there are many pirated copies out there created by China and not published halaal which means they are Haraam. I am not comfortable learning from such a copy. I cannot sell it to another student, I cannot throw it away for fear that it will be used. Therefore I must destroy it. Please check to make sure your copy IS the real Quran because the fake ones have errors and are not Islamically correct. If you find one report to the seller right away and let everyone else know that we need to stop China and other countries from destroying our religion! Asalaamu Alehkum

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  18. As Salaam Alaykum.
    Thats quite a harsh language,buy i assume it is deserved because people of your caliber wouldn’t resort to such without reason am sure.
    Am genuinely interested to know more and not just asking rhetorical questions.
    Do you brothers have any actual shari based reason to say that colour coding the tajweed rules in the Quran is Haraam?
    In this optic given that the rules of tajweed and Quran memorisation was taught at the time of the Sahabas (r.a) by the oral mean. Does it mean it is forbidden to learn and memorise thru textual method as well?
    Surely the colour coding falls under the category of technology such as quran on tablets and pc or iphone and walkmans etc rather than shari uloom? In this same category what is ur opinion of learning tajweed rules from books or cassette
    I see lots of comments and question based on ur post,i think you brothers should take the time to address them for the sake of clarity.
    Disclaimer: i know of and have seen and bought and gifted colour coded Quran but i dont use one currently.

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