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Switching over from Mute mode to Pleasant Voice!

Presenting herewith a collection of Hadeeth from Riyad-us-Saliheen under the caption: The Merit of Recitation of the Noble Qur’an in a Pleasant Voice with commentary by Imam Nawawi. Hope this will encourage us to recite the glorious Qur’an in the best manner possible using the voice that Allah gave us to recite His very Words from His very Book to earn His pleasure, Inshaaallah.

Chapter 182, Riyad-u-Saliheen The Merit of Recitation of the Noble Qur’an in a Pleasant Voice

Hadeeth No. 1004: Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of AllAh (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) saying, “Allah does not listen so attentively to anything as He listens to the recitation of the Qur’an by a Prophet who recites well with a melodious and audible voice.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary“Allah does not listen so attentively” has two- fold meanings. First, Allah’s acceptance and pleasure. Second, His attribute of Hearing. One must have to believe in it although we can neither describe it nor compare it with anything else.

The word “Ghina” is ordinarily used for singing but here it means the recitation which is done in accordance with the principles of Tajwid and in a beautiful voice.

Thus, this Hadeeth induces us to recite the Qur’an properly with nice feeling and voice.

Hadeeth No. 1005: Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) said to him, “You have been given a Mizmar (sweet melodious voice) out of the Mazamir of Prophet Dawud (David).” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary:  Mizmar means flute but here it stands for tune and sweet voice. In the phrase Al-Dawud (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) translated here `the family of Dawud,’ the word Al is superfluous and what is in fact meant is Prophet Dawud. In any case, sweet voice is a gift of Allah Who grants it to whom He likes. Lucky indeed are those who are granted this gift and they go about using it to invite people to the religion of Allah.

Hadeeth No. 1006: Al-Bara’ bin `Azib (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: I heard the Prophet (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) reciting Surah Wat-Teen Waz-Zaitun (Chapter 95) during the `Isha’ prayer. I have never heard anyone reciting it in a more beautiful voice than his. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: This Hadeeth tells us that, like other virtues and qualities, the Prophet Muhammad (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) was also granted a sweet voice by Allah.

Hadeeth No. 1007: Abu Lubabah Bashir bin `Abdul-Mundhir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Prophet Muhammad (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) said, “He who does not recite the Qur’an in a pleasant tone is not of us.” [Abu Dawud].

Commentary: The words “is not of us” mean that he is not following the way of the Prophet (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) with regard to the recitation of the Qur’an. This Hadeeth also induces us to recite the Qur’an with a sweet and touching voice because the recitation of the Qur’an in this manner enhances its effect.

Hadeeth No. 1008: Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) said to me, “Recite the Qur’an to me.” I said: “O Messenger of Allah! Shall I recite it to you when it was revealed to you?” He (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) said, “I like to hear it from others.” ‘Then I began to recite Surat An-Nisa’. When I reached the Ayah: `How will it be when We shall bring a witness from every people and bring you as a witness against them?’ (Having heard it) he said, “Enough! Enough!” When I looked at him, I found his eyes were overflowing with tears. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary:  This Hadeeth has an aspect of honour for the people who are blessed with knowledge and grace. Moreover, it stresses the need to hear the recitation of the Qur’an from those who recite it beautifully in order to contemplate over it, as was done by the Prophet (sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam) himself.

May Allah give us the Tawfeeq to recite the glorious Qur’an in a pleasant voice, avoiding supersonic speed. Aameen.

Sal-lal-laahu-ala-Muhammad, Sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam.

Baarakallaahu Feekum.

Source: Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen        Link 2

Related Reading: IslamQA


June 30, 2015 - Posted by | How to Recite the Qur'an, Muqeet's (assorted), Virtues of Qur'an Recitation | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Ameen.

    Comment by Admin | June 30, 2015 | Reply

  2. Ameen

    Comment by Mohammad | July 1, 2015 | Reply

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