Duration of one alif in tajweed


1. What is the duration of one alif in tajweed? How long should we stretch it?

2. I have seen in ‘simple rules of tajweed’ book that short madd duration is two alif. Can I stretch short madd for 3 Alif duration?

3. If sign of the short madd appears at the end of an ayat and we stop there, how long should the madd be stretched? I have heard in many tilawat that they stretch it for one alif when it appears at the end of ayat.


1. The approximate duration is the time it usually takes to open your finger.

2. This is not in conformity with the rules of tajweed.

3. It will be stretched for one alif.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)