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Everytime you recite a letter from the quran you get a good deed according to this authentic hadith:

Aishah r.a reported: 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

(At-Tirmidi)

What about the person who listens to the quran? Does he earn a good deed like the person who recites?

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Listening to the Quran is prescribed in Islam, so yes it earns good deeds.

Allah commands listening to the recitation of the Quran:

وإذا قرئ القرآن فاستمعوا له وأنصتوا لعلكم ترحمون

So when the Qur'an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy.

Quran 7:204

The Prophet ﷺ used to listen to the Quran:

عن عبد الله، رضى الله عنه قال قال لي النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم اقرأ على القرآن ‏‏.‏ قلت آقرأ عليك وعليك أنزل قال‏ إني أحب أن أسمعه من غيري

Abdullah (ibn Mas'ud) said: That the Prophet (ﷺ) said to him, "Recite the Qur'an to me."

Abdullah said, "Shall I recite (the Qur'an) to you while it has been revealed to you?"

He said, "I like to hear it from others."

Bukhari

And the Sahaba and Tabieen used to do the same:

أن جماعات من السلف كانوا يطلبون من أصحاب القراءة بالأصوات الحسنة أن يقرؤوا وهم يستمعون وهذا متفق على استحبابه

The Salaf used to ask those who recited beautifully to recite the Quran so that they could listen. And this is recommended by agreement.

Tibyaan fi Adaab Hamalat al-Qur’an

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  • Understood, great answer.
    – Greenix_3
    Commented May 4, 2023 at 13:18
  • Nice answer ! I don't know how I missed the Al-A'raaf [204]. Commented May 5, 2023 at 21:25
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And those who disbelieve say, "Do not listen to this Qur'an and speak noisily during [the recitation of] it that perhaps you will overcome. [ Al Fussilat 41:26 ]

Since a disbeliever will not invite a believer for a good act, hence there is a general ruling that one should listen to Qur'an when it's recited and should not speak noisily so as to disrupt it's recitation. Hence, listening Qur'an may be interpreted as a good deed.

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