If I don't know how to read Arabic language and just listen to the Holy Quran or recite the Holy Quran by following the audio.

Does these these to acts have equal rewards?


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Allah has sent this book so that people understand it. When they will do that, it will effect their actions and make their lives better.

Quran says

[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Muhammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.

Reading or listening the Holy Quran without understanding defeats the very purpose of this book.

  • I think understanding the Qur'an is clearly the most important thing that we should do, but i won't say that it's meaningless to recite the Qur'an without knowing the meaning -- yet. Reciting/Listening the Qur'an is a great interaction with the Qur'an, and it helps memorizing a lot, too.
    – aIKid
    Mar 11, 2014 at 9:33
  • @allKid: Sorry for being extreme, but I think its not only meaningless but a ridicule of this great book to use it for any other purpose
    – goto
    Mar 11, 2014 at 12:57
  • Anyway, the Qur'an isn't a mere book. I love listening to Al-Afasy/Ahmad Saud's recitations for Surah Ar-Rahman. Not just that, I learned arabic faster because i'm used to reading it, i can read quickly and i'm also already accustomed to the grammar. I'm not trying to pick a fight here, by the way :) It's just that i think it's not proper to treat the Qur'an as a mere book -- It's not even originally a book. Umar Ibn Khattab and thousands of others - who doesn't even understand Arabic properly were stunned at listening the recitations of the Qur'an.
    – aIKid
    Mar 11, 2014 at 14:03
  • Well, i think the best way to interact with the Holy Qur'an is to read it in Arabic + read it in a language you understand + listen to it.
    – aIKid
    Mar 11, 2014 at 14:04

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