1- Reciting the Noble Quran in a slow, pleasant tone and style:

One should recite it in a slow, melodious tone and style for Allah The Almighty Says (what means): {And recite the Quran (aloud) in a slow, (pleasant tone and) style.} [Quran 4: 73]

Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allah be pleased with them, said: “The saying of Allah The Almighty:  {And recite the Quran (aloud) in a slow, (pleasant tone and) style.} means making it clear and reciting it in the best way. Actually, making it clear cannot be attained with fast recitation; but rather through making all letters clear and giving them their due.

Benefit than can be brought about reciting it slowly helps in understanding and contemplating the meanings of the Noble Quran. Also, it implies more respect and appreciation for the Noble Quran and has a greater effect on the heart.

Scholars, may Allah have mercy upon them, have agreed that reciting the Noble Quran slowly and in a pleasant tone is something recommended. It was authentically proved that Umm Salamah, may Allah be pleased with her, described the recitation of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessing be upon him, as a recitation ‘clearly-distinguished letter by letter’. [Reported by Abu Daawood (1254), At-Tirmithi (2847), and An-Nasaa’i (1012), and At-Tirmithi said: It is a Hasan Saheeh Ghareeb (good, strange, and sound) Hadeeth]

Extreme quick recitation is prohibited. It is called Hathramah (i.e. reading the entire Quran hastily). In this regard, it was narrated that ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas‘ood, may Allah be pleased with him, said: A man said to him: “I recite all the Mufassal  Soorahs in one Rak‘ah .” Upon this ‘Abdullaah said: “(You must have been reciting It) hastily like the recitation of poetry. Verily. there are people who recite the Noble Quran, but it does not go down beyond their collar bones. It is (a fact with the Noble Quran) that it is beneficial only when it settles in the heart and is rooted deeply in it.” [Reported by Al-Bukhaari (733) and Muslim (822)], and the wording is for Muslim.

It was also narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allah be pleased with them, said: “I consider reading Soorahs with Tarteel  better for me than reading the entire Noble Quran hastily. ” [Reported by Al-Bayhaqi (3/13)]

Mujaahid was asked which of two men who spent similar time in prayers was better; the duration of their Rukoo‘ (bowing) and Sujood (prostration) was the same, but one of them recited only Soorat Al-Baqarah and the other recited the Soorahs of Al-Baqarah and Aal-‘Imraan (but they spent the same time in reading). Mujaahid said, “The one who reads only Soorat Al-Baqarah is better.” He supported his view with the verse in which Allah The Almighty says (what means): {And (it is) a Quran which We have divided (into parts), in order that you might recite it to men at intervals. And We have revealed it by stages. (in 23 years). } (Quran 17:106) [Reported by Ibn Abi Shaybah (2/403) and ‘Abdur-Razzaaq (2/490)]

Therefore, our righteous predecessors disliked extreme fast recitation of the Noble Quran because benefit of contemplating the Noble Quran is more important than reading much of it in a short time for getting a greater reward. A man said to Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allah be pleased with him: “I am quick, I read the Quran in three (nights).” Upon this Ibn ‘Abbaas said: “Reading Al-Baqarah in one night and contemplating it is more beloved to me than reading the way you do.” [Ibn Katheer, may Allah have mercy upon him, mentioned in Fadhaa’il Al-Qur’aan]

Anas, may Allah be pleased with him, was asked, “How was the recitation (of the Noble Quran) of the Prophet?” He replied, “It was characterized by the prolongation of certain sounds.” He then recited: In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful prolonging the pronunciation of 'In the Name of Allah, 'the Most Beneficent,' and 'the Most Merciful.” [Reported by Al-Bukhaari (5045)]

2- Prostrating at the verses of prostration:

It is highly recommended for the reciter and the one intently listening to recitation to prostrate at the verses of prostration, whether it is in prayer or not. That is because this pleases his Lord The Exalted and vexes his enemy i.e. the Satan.

It was narrated that the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, said:  “When the son of Adam recites a verse of prostration and prostrates, the Shaytaan withdraws, weeping and saying: Woe unto me – the son of Adam was commanded to prostrate and he prostrated, so Paradise will be his; I was commanded to prostrate and I refused, so Hell is mine.” [Reported by Muslim (81)]

3- Beautifying one's voice when reciting the Noble Quran:

This means making our voices beautiful and taking care of them when reciting the Noble Quran. In fact, this was authentically proved by the action and words of the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him.

It was narrated that Al-Baraa’, may Allah be pleased with him, said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessing be upon him, reciting Wat-Teeni waz-Zaytoon (By the fig, and the olive,) in ‘Isha prayer, and I never heard anyone with a more beautiful voice (or recitation) than his.” [Reported by Al-Bukhaari (769)]

Imam Ahmad, may Allah have mercy upon him, said, “The reciter should beautify his voice with the Noble Quran and recite it with a sense of sadness and contemplation.” Actually, this implies the meaning of the saying of the Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him: “Allah does not listen to anything (more approvingly) than He listens to a Prophet reciting the Quran aloud in a melodious voice.” [Reported by Al-Bukhaari (5023) and Muslim (792)]  

Also, it was narrated on the authority of Al-Baraa’, may Allah be pleased with him, that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessing be upon him, said: “Adorn the Quran with your voices.” [Reported by Abu Daawood (1468)] i.e. beautifying it and being submissive in it for the beautiful voice increases the beauty of the Noble Quran.

It is recommended to ask the one who has a beautiful voice to recite and listen to him. A group of the Companions, may Allah be pleased with them, used to ask those who have beautiful voices to recite the Noble Quran and listen attentively to them.

The one whom Allah The Almighty has gifted with a beautiful voice should know that Allah The Almighty has granted him a great goodness and thus he should intent, while reciting Quran, to remind careless and negligent people to seek what Allah The Almighty has recommended and to avoid what Allah The Almighty has prohibited. In this way, he will benefit himself and people as well from his beautiful voice.




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