I was brought up a Muslim and taught that recitation of the Quran in Arabic (although I didn't understand Arabic and still don't) bears great "sawab". I haven't been able to find anything regarding this anywhere in Ahadith or the Quran. What does Islam really say about this? Is it true or it is just a bidd'a (or biddat)?

Technically, it's a waste of time to read the Arabic without understanding a thing of it, isn't it? So what's the logical thing to do in this case according to Islamic teachings?

  • reading Quran is not reading only Arabic. God gives any sawab to anyone he wish. at least this is a test. Jan 14, 2014 at 15:34

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The answer to your question is given in a hadith of the Prophet (saws):

Narrated Muhammad bin Ka'b Al-Qurazi:

"I heard 'Abdullah bin Mas'ud saying: 'The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: "[Whoever recites a letter] from Allah's Book, then he receives the reward from it, and the reward of ten the like of it. I do not say that Alif Lam Mim is a letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter." (Source)

Of course the better thing by far is to recite with understanding (whether through knowledge of the language or through a translation). The fact remains however that this is Allah's Speech and He has put barakah in its recitation alone, even without reflection and pondering.


Quran itself describes its purpose it is revealed so that it is a source of guidance and people ponder over it. Reciting it, without understanding defeats the basic purpose of it.

We should make Quran a center of our knowledge and actions.

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