Ustadh Tabraze Azam is asked whether those who recite the Qur’an with a beautiful recitation voice are especially favored by Allah Most High.
Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.
Does Allah Most High specifically mention loving those whom Allah Most High has given a beautiful Quran recitation voice?
: Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.
I pray that you are well, insha Allah.
No. Rather, there are numerous mentions of the deep reverence, which is due, and the high rank of the scholars (‘ulama), among whom are the people of the Qur’an.
The Mention of Scholars in the Qur’an
“Those truly fear God, among His Servants, who have knowledge: for God is Exalted in Might, Oft-Forgiving. Lo! those who read the Scripture of Allah, and establish worship, and spend of that which We have bestowed on them secretly and openly, they look forward to imperishable gain.” (Sura al Fatir 35:28-29)
As Ibn Ashur mentions in his exegesis on the Qur’an, Al Tahrir wa al Tanwir, that what is intended by the those “who have knowledge” (`ulama) are the ones who recite the Qur’an.
In a different variant of Qur’anic reading (qira’at), the meaning is that the ones who have deep reverential respect for their Lord are the scholars because they are the most knowing of their Lord; therefore, it is incumbent upon people to have veneration and respect for them. (Ibn Ashur, Al Tahrir wa al Tanwir; Sawi, Hashiyat al Sawi ‘ala al Jalalayn)
I asked Shaykh Ali Hani, a leading scholar in Qur’anic exegesis, and he, too, confirmed that the scholars referred to are those who actually recited the Qur’an, consistently, and then acted upon it, as the present tense verb in the verse indicates, and moreover, established worship by reciting it in their prayers.
Beautifying One’s Voice
With regards to beautifying one’s voice, this is conditioned by reciting the Qur’an with proper, correct tajwid. Without a strong grounding, one will not be giving the Qur’an its due. Mistakes are serious matters with the people of the Qur’an.
A Note on Striving
The Messenger of Allah, Allah bless him and give him peace, said, “Be avid for what benefits you, seek the assistance of Allah and do not deem yourself incapable.” (Muslim) Strive to seek knowledge from the scholars of the next life, have deep love for them and one will, insha Allah, be with them on the final day; as the Prophet, Allah bless him and give him peace, said, “A person will be with whom he loves.” (Bukhari)
“The people of the Qur’an are the folk of Allah and His chosen ones.” (Ibn Majah; Al Hakim) We ask Allah that we be from among them. Amin.
And Allah knows best and He alone gives success.
Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.