Reading Quran with transliteration is what a lot of non Arab Muslims resort to as they cannot read holy Arabic text of Quran. So, they read it with transliteration. Transliteration means the act of writing words or letters using letters of a different language.
Reading Quran in Arabic with English transliteration
If you can just read the meaning of the verses, indeed Allah will reward you for this. Allah says in Quran in surat Muhammad;”Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon their hearts.” but according to some scholars, it is not permissible for a Muslim to read the Quran if he does not know how to pronounce its letters in Arabic language. Rather, he should learn the Quran in Arabic script if he would like to recite it. Readin Quran in non-Arabic letters may change or corrupt the meaning of the veres.
Ruling on reciting Quran with transliteration
Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said:
“It is not permissible for a person to recite the Quran incorrectly… a person has to recite the Quran correctly, even if it takes him five minutes to recite one word, or a quarter of an hour, while he is pronouncing it until he pronounces it in a correct way; this is more appropriate than him reciting it incorrectly; this is the obligation because the Quran is not the words of human beings, it is the words of Allaah Almighty. If you utter it incorrectly and in a manner that was not taught to us by the Prophet then it means that you falsified the words of Allaah, while falsifying the words of Allaah is forbidden. This is not the words of a human being that one is reporting its meaning …., so a person must take his time and read slowly even if he repeats the same word several times until he pronounces it correctly; this is what he is obliged to do.”
Surahs you should start to learn how to read firstly
- Surat Al-Fatiha, as we recite it in every Rak’ah of Salah.
- Some short surahs like; surat Al-Falaq, An-nas, Al-Ikhlas, Al-kawther and other short surahs in Juz’a Ammah, as we usually recite them in our prayers because they are easy to read.