Imitating a reciter of the Qur'an
Fatwa No: 89655


I'm learning Qur'an by heart. And the way I recite is like Imaam Sheikh Sudais (Imaam Masjid Haram) prayer and the problem is one of the teachers told me is not good to read like some ones voice is this bad or? To read like others or?


All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.


The Imaam should observe the etiquettes or reciting the Qur'an, like reading in a good voice while humbling himself to Allaah pronouncing correctly and properly each and every letter without any artificiality. There is no doubt that many people who imitate other reciters of the Qur'an fall into an artificiality which puts people off (urges them to denounce and reject it).

Shaykh Bakr Ibn 'Abdullaah may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him in his booklet entitled: "The ancient and contemporary innovations of the reciters of the Qur'an", said: 'The reciters of the Qur'an who imitate the voice and way of recitation of another reciter, are committing an innovation in the recitation of the Qur'an.' What is meant here is the artificial imitation.  As regards being affected with the voice of the reciter or the way he recites without any artificial imitation, then we do not see that this is prohibited.

Allaah knows best.

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