A Common Mistake | Reciting Qur’ān Without Moving The Tongue And Pronouncing The Words

Sh. Ibn al-‘Uthaymeen Raḥimahullāh was asked:

Is it permissible for me to recite Qur’ān without pronouncing its word i.e by just following it with my sight and reading it in my heart, will I obtain the reward of recitation??

The Shaykh answered:

“*NO*, there is *NO REWARD* for this act, meaning a person does not obtain the reward of recitation except by pronouncing Qur’ān word by word and the words cannot be pronounced except by *MOVING THE TONGUE*, as for the one who only looks at the lines and letters on a Mus-ḥaf and recites them in his heart then indeed he is not a ‘reciter’.. so the summary is that the one who does not utter Qur’ān then there is *NO REWARD* of recitation for him.”

● [فتاوى نور على الدرب]

The Imām al-‘Allāmah Ibn Bāz Raḥimahullāh said on this issue: “There is no prohibition in looking at Qur’ān without reciting it to contemplate upon it and to understand it and ponder upon it but such a person is neither a ‘reciter’ of Qur’ān nor he obtains the reward and virtue of recitation *EXCEPT BY PRONOUNCING EACH WORD* even if he is not heard by the one who is around him, as the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ said: ‘Whoever recites a letter from Qur’ān, there is a reward for him and the reward of ten the likes of it’ narrated by at-Tirmidhee and ad-Dārimee with an authentic chain so a person is not a ‘reciter’ *UNLESS HE UTTERS* the words of Qur’ān as has been mentioned in the writings of the people of knowledge and with Allāh lies the success.”

● [من الموقع الرسمي للإمام ابن باز]