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Why Is The Quran Chanted Melodically?

23 September, 2017
Q It seems weird to me that a book of rules such as the Quran is, is recited by Muslims in a musical manner. Is there any reason behind this?


Asalamu Alaikum,

Thank you for contacting About Islam with your question.

Dr. Shabir Ally addresses this question in the video below:


Aisha Khaja: 

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Dr. Shabir, the question today is why do people recite the Quran in a melodic manner?

And the viewer goes on to ask, to say, that it doesn’t make sense because the Quran itself consists of guidelines, facts, and rules.

Why do people recite it like poetry or art?

Dr. Shabir Ally: 

Well, this is an interesting question. And it gives reason to think about what we do because we do things the same way all of the time.

We have to ask, are we doing it in the right way?

There are narratives in which it is said the Prophet (peace be upon him) recommended that we give a good voice to the Quran, to make it good and beautiful and interesting and so on, without turning it into a song.


But what has happened in our history is that we have tended to recite the Quran without paying close attention to its meaning, reciting in public becomes an art form.

And sometimes people spend a long time stretching and styling the words of the Quran.

And one feels that in this whole exercise people are not really bothering with the meaning anymore and application of the text.

They’re just enjoying listening to the Quran. So, something is missing in that result.

I hope this helps answer your question. Please keep in touch.

Walaikum Asalam.

(From AboutIslam’s archives)

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