General Islamic Principle: A Common Mistake on Reciting the Qur’ān

“A Common Mistake | Reciting Qur’ān Without Moving The Tongue And Pronouncing The Words

Sh. Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen Raḥimahullāh was asked:
Is it permissible for me to recite Qur’ān without pronouncing its word i.e by just following it with my sight and reading it in my heart, will I obtain the reward of recitation??

The Shaykh answered:
“NO, there is NO REWARD for this act, meaning a person does not obtain the reward of recitation except by pronouncing Qur’ān word by word and the words cannot be pronounced except by MOVING THE TONGUE, as for the one who only looks at the lines and letters on a Mus-ḥaf and recites them in his heart then indeed he is not a ‘reciter’.. so the summary is that the one who does not utter Qur’ān then there is NO REWARD of recitation for him.”

● [فتاوى نور على الدرب]

The Imām al-‘Allāmah Ibn Bāz Raḥimahullāh said on this issue: “There is no prohibition in looking at Qur’ān without reciting it to contemplate upon it and to understand it and ponder upon it but such a person is neither a ‘reciter’ of Qur’ān nor he obtains the reward and virtue of recitation EXCEPT BY PRONOUNCING EACH WORD even if he is not heard by the one who is around him, as the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said: ‘Whoever recites a letter from Qur’ān, there is a reward for him and the reward of ten the likes of it’ narrated by at-Tirmidhee and ad-Dārimee with an authentic chain so a person is not a ‘reciter’ UNLESS HE UTTERS the words of Qur’ān as has been mentioned in the writings of the people of knowledge and with Allāh lies the success.”

● [من الموقع الرسمي للإمام ابن باز]”
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