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Melodious Recitation of Qur'an Encouraged

The Glorious Qur'an Kareem is the eternal uncreated Word of Allah. It is mu'jiz (inimitable), meaning it cannot be imitated. It is to be recited in a melodious voice according to the following Ahaadith (sayings) of RasulAllah Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam.

(60). Abu Hurairah reported that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam) said: Allah does not listen attentively to anything more than what he listens to the Prophet chanting the Qur'an with a melodious and loud voice. (Bukhari and Muslim)
(From Mishkat u'l Masabih, Book 3, Chapter 36, p. 696)

(66) Bara' bin 'Aazib reported that the Prophet (Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam) said: Adorn the Qur'an with your voice. (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, Abu Dawud, and Darimi).
(From Mishkat u'l Masabih, Book 3, Chapter 37, p. 69).

Chapter (31): To recite the Qur'an in a charming voice.

Narrated Abu Musa that the Prophet (Sallallahu 'alayhi wa Sallam) said to him: "O Abu Musa! You have been given one of the musical instruments of the family of David". (1) (Sayyidina Dawud 'alayhissalam) (Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 6, p. 514)

Footnote (1): The musical instrument stands here for the nice voice.

(Wherever footnotes appear in the translation, they have been quoted for completeness).

Sayyidi wa Murshidi al-Habib Ahmad Mash-hur bin Taha al-Haddad has expounded on this in his own pure and precise style:

"Means are to be judged according to their purposes. When a proper melodiousness is used, the recitation of the Qur'an becomes a delight, and we have been ordered to recite it thus. The Prophet (upon whom be blessings and peace) said, "Embellish the Qur'an with your voices!" meaning that one should recite it melodiously. And he once said, after listening to the recitation of Abu Musa al-Ash'ari, "He has been given one of the flutes of the House of David". When this was reported to Abu Musa, he said, "O Messenger of God! Had I known that you were listening, I would really have embellished it!" (p. 120)

Mawlaaya Salli wa Sallim daaiman abadaa
'Alaa Habibika Khayril khalqi kullihimi

Allahumma Salli wa Sallim 'alayh

O Lord! Bestow blessings and peace for and evermore
On Your Beloved, the best in all creation.

O Allah! Bestow blessings and peace on him.

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