The Blessing of Reciting the Quran with a Beautiful Voice

فضل تلاوة القرآن

The Prophet (peace be on him) encouraged his companions to recite the Quran in a beautiful voice.

Al-Bara’ bin Azib reported him as saying:

“Beautify the Quran with your voices.” (Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah and Darimi)

 عَنِ الْبَرَاءِ بْنِ عَازِبٍ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «زَيِّنُوا الْقُرْآنَ بِأَصْوَاتِكُمْ» . رَوَاهُ أَحْمَدُ وَأَبُو دَاوُدَ وَابْنُ مَاجَهْ وَالدَّارِمِيُّ

The word Quran here means the recitation of the Quran.

There are several incidents in the seerah, when the Prophet (peace be on him) asked companions to recite as he enjoyed hearing the words of Quran recited. One such incident is when he praised Abu Musa Al Ashari’s recitation, drawing a parallel between his melodious voice with that of Dawood (peace be on him) who was renowned for his enchanting voice.

 Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (peace be on him) said to him:

“You have been given a Mizmar (sweet melodious voice) out of the Mazamir of Prophet Dawud (David).” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Abu Burda narrated on the authority of Abu Musa that the Messenger of Allah (peace be on him) had said to Abu Musa:

If you were to see me, as I was listening to your recitation (of the Quran) yester-night (you would have felt delighted). You are in fact endowed with a sweet voice like that of David himself. (Muslim)

Achieving a beautiful recitation requires mastering the basics

One cannot beautify one’s voice until one masters the basics. Reciting the Quran with no knowledge about the articulation of the letters and the rulings is wrong. Hence Ibn Jazri said:

Learning tajweed is a necessity for anyone who recites the Quran. Whoever is not learning tajweed is sinful.

First learn the pronunciation and then improve your recitation further.

The benefits of good recitation

I would like to share with you, when you beautify your voice, based on the correct tajweed rulings the virtues are beyond your imagination.  

The Ansari companion, Usaid bin Hudair, was among the first people to accept Islam, after he was introduced to it by Musab bin Umair, the first ambassador of Islam in Madinah, and well known as Al Qari.

Usaid bin Hudair went to Makkah to make bayya (swear an oath of allegiance) to the Prophet (peace be on him). There is a very famous narration in Bukhari and Muslim about him. He had a sweet voice and was very attached to the Quran.

When you read his biography, you see how a beautiful recitation touches your heart and brings light and angels. They come and listen to your recitation and Allah Almighty loves beautiful recitation.

The Story of Usaid bin Hudair

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri told of Usaid bin Hudair saying that one night when he was reciting Surat al-Baqarah with his mare tied beside him it moved round in a circle, so he stopped reciting and it stopped moving.

He resumed his recitation and it went round in a circle, so he stopped reciting and it stopped moving. Once more he recited and the mare moved round in a circle, so he left off reciting, for his son Yahya was near it and he was afraid it might injure him.

When he had moved him back he raised his head to the sky and saw something like a canopy with what seemed to be lamps in it, and when he told the Prophet of it in the morning, he said, “You should have kept on reciting, Ibn Hudair, you should have kept on reciting, Ibn Hudair.”

He replied, “I was afraid, Messenger of God, that it might trample on Yahya who was near it, so I went to him, and when I raised my head to the sky and saw something like a canopy with what seemed to be lamps in it, I went out but could not see them.”

He asked whether he knew what that was, and when he replied that he did not, he said, “Those were the angels who had drawn near to listen to your voice, and if you had continued reciting the people would have looked at them in the morning and they would not have concealed themselves from them.” (Bukhari)[i]

Make a plan to improve your recitation

We need to work on our recitation. Ramadan is close. Let’s make a plan and lean tajweed and improve our recitation, and build up our level by learning the basics, consolidating them and then mastering them, til we perfected it inshallah.

We ask Allah to enable us to be among those who have been given a beautiful voice and good recitation of the Quran and we can apply it in our lives. Ameen.

Shaykh Haytham Tamim – Thought for the Week on 19th  February 2020


[i] Also narrated in Muslim, with the wording “They went up into the air” instead of “I went out.”

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.