About the instructor
Bio Update - September 2020: We are thrilled to announce that Sr. Julie Lowe is now Dr. Julie Lowe - she successfully defended her PhD Thesis at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.
Julie Lowe has ijaza in the 10 variant recitations of the Qur’an (ashara kubra) from Shaykh Uthman Khan, under whom she studied Jazariyyah, Shatibiyya, Durrah and other classical tajweed texts. She has memorized the entire Qur’an in the recitations of Hafs and Shu’bah and is currently memorizing the recitation of Warsh. Sr. Julie has been teaching tajweed for eight years, including at the Islamic Institute of Toronto where she has been teaching since 2012.
Sr. Julie is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Toronto in Islamic law after completing a Master’s in this field at the University of London (U.K.). She also holds a degree in Canadian common law from Queen’s University and a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo. She has studied Arabic and some of the Islamic sciences in Amman, Jordan and continues to pursue further opportunities for Islamic studies locally and online.
In a hadith from the Prophet (saw), we learn that there is reward for every letter that we read in the Quran. In this class, students will work on improving their recitation of the Quran, earning rewards in the process insha'Allah. The course will be conducted as an online recitation circle, meaning that students will recite individually in turn and receive feedback from the teacher. The class is aimed at adult students, both men and women, who already know how to read Arabic phonetically but do not have significant knowledge of the rules of Quranic recitation (tajweed). Classes will focus on the short surahs from the end of the Quran that are usually recited in prayer. Students will need a working microphone and webcam.