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f:145 -    Reciting the Holy Quran fast in Taraweeh
Country : Hyderabad, India,
Name : Muhammad Akhlaaq Hussain
Question:     In Ramadhan, we hear the Holy Quran from the Huffadh in Taraweeh, Tahajjud and in "Shabeena."  At some places, the Huffadh recite so fast that some letters are not even recognizable and some letters get mixed up with other letters.  How should we recite the Holy Quran and how fast can we read it?


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Answer:     The Holy Quran should be recited with proper respect and intonation.  

The Holy Quran should not be recited so fast that the letters are not pronounced properly.  There is a Hadith in Sahih Bukhari about the recitation of the Holy Quran:

Translation: Hadhrat Abu Wail says: A person came to Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mas'ud and said: This night, I recited all the lengthy Surah of the Holy Quran.  On hearing this, Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mas'ud (May Allah be well pleased with him) chided him and said: You read (the Holy Quran) fast, like it is poetry.

It was the habit of the Arab that they used to read poetry very fast.  This shows that the Holy Quran should not be read so fast that its letters get confused.  The Holy Quran should be recited with proper pronunciation and intonation.  If the recitation is so fast that the letters get confused and the meaning of the Holy Quran changes, then the Salaat is invalidated (Fasid).  If the meaning does not change, then the Salaat is not invalidated as such, but this kind of recitation is Makruh (Undesirable).

We should avoid reciting the Holy Quran very fast.  The recitation should be such that all the letters are pronounced properly.  As given in Durre Mukhtaar, Vol. Pg No. 531 and in Fatawa A'alamgiri, Vol. 1, Pg No. 79.  

If the recitation is such that letters with similar same pronunciation like "seen" and "saad" and "zaa" and "zaad"are confused, then the Salaat is not invalidated, as given in Fatawa A'alamgiri, Vol. 1, Pg No. 79.  

While reciting the Holy Quran, the Huffadh should make allowance for all the rights and etiquettes of reciting the Holy Quran, because the Imam is responsible for the Salaat of all those who follow him.  There is a Hadith in Sunan Abu Dawood;

Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (May Allah be well pleased with him) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: The Imam is responsible….. (Hadith No: 2071)

And Allah Most High knows best.

Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi Qadri,

[Shaykh ul Fiqh, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director, Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]
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