Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas

Question: I have a habit of repeating my Qur’an and du’a recitation. Should I stop worrying and just try to avoid falling into this habit moving forward?

Answer: wa `alaykum assalam

This is falling into baseless misgivings and needs to be avoided.

This religion of ours was revealed to people of all nations. The assumption that our invocations would not be accepted due to minor errors in the pronunciation of Arabic letters is to overlook and misunderstand the mercy Allah has for all of creation. Rather, the rules of proper recitation (tajwid) apply only to the Qur’an, not to speech outside of it, and even here there is plenty of leeway for the laity.

Yes, we strive our best to ensure that our recitation of the Qur’an is in sound accordance with the dictates of the Arabic tongue, but this is something that is learned gradually. Striving does not entail putting one under uncalled for hardship or falling into baseless misgivings. Thus, the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) stated, “None makes the religion difficult except that it overcomes him. So, aim for what is right, stick to the moderate way…” [Bukhari, Sahih]

I would advise you to refer to the following answers for more details regarding the issue:

I’m Afraid of Making a Mistake When Reciting the Qur’an

The Sunna Method of Reciting the Qur’an and the Legal Status of Reciting With Tajwid

Do Grammatical and Pronunciation Mistakes While Reciting the Qur’an Invalidate Your Prayer?

Salman

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