Beautify your voice when you read the Qur’an

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We learn in a hadith that when we recite the Qur’an we should try to beautify our voices, as when we do so it adds to the beauty of the Qur’an. We read:

Al-Bara ibn Azib reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Adorn the Quran with your voices.”

In another narration, the Prophet said, “Beautify the Quran with your voices. Verily, a beautiful voice adds to the beauty of the Quran.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)

We also learn that when the Prophet (SAW) would recite the Qur’an, he would recite each word clearly. Ya’la ibn Mamlak reported:

“He asked Umm Salamah, wife of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, about the recitation of the Prophet and his prayer. Umm Salamah said, ‘Not as you can pray. The Prophet would pray, then sleep for the amount he prayed. Then, he would pray the amount he slept. Then, he would sleep the amount he prayed until morning.’ Then, she described his recitation, saying, ‘A clear recitation, word by word.’” (Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

In another hadith, we read about the Prophet (SAW)’s recitation and how pleasing it was to our Allah. May Allah help us to beautify our recitations. Abu Huraira reported:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Allah does not listen to anything as he does to the beautiful voice of a prophet, reciting the Quran aloud pleasantly.’” (Sahih Bukhari Sahih Muslim)

Reciting the Qur’an often is something which is very important for us. We are taught that if we make a habit of reciting the Qur’an frequently, it will be better for us, as otherwise we will forget how to recite it. Abdullah ibn Umar reported:

“The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘Verily, the parable of the companion of the Quran is that of a tied camel. If he is committed to it, he will keep it. If he releases it, he will lose it.’” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

Similarly, this is also mentioned in another hadith, where we learn that the Qur’an is something that we can quickly forget how to recite if we do not make it into a habit. The Prophet (SAW) said:

“Be committed to the Quran. By the one in whose hand is my soul, it can leave you faster than a camel from its reins.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

This shows us how beneficial it is for us to recite the Qur’an often, even if we can only manage a small amount each day, as it will be fresh in our minds. We read about this in a hadith where the Prophet (SAW) said:

“Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

This hadith also reassures us that perhaps, due to the nature of our daily routines, if we feel that we have only made a few good deeds into a regular habit, they are still extremely beneficial for us. We learn from the hadith that the best deeds are those practised the most frequently.