ACCURATE.CO Reading the Qur’an is one of the worship that has virtue in Islamic teachings. For whoever reads the Qur’an even if it is just one letter, he will get a reward that is equivalent to one good deed.
As Rasulullah SAW said in a Hadith narrated by Tirmidhi:
“Whoever reads one letter of the Qur’an, then he gets one good deed. One good deed is multiplied into ten good deeds. I don’t say ‘alif lam mim’ one letter, but ‘alif’ one letter, ‘lam’ one letter, and a one-letter ‘mim’.” (HR. Tirmidhi)
However, the Qur’an is not an arbitrary reading. So that there are many etiquette and procedures for reading the Qur’an, including adjusting the reading sound.
Then the question arises, is it better to read the Qur’an aloud or in a low voice? Which is more important?
In a Hadith from Uqbah bin Amir ra that the Messenger of Allah said:
“The one who reads the Qur’an aloud is like one who gives charity openly, and one who reads the Qur’an quietly is like one who gives alms in secret.” (Narrated by Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, Nasa’i, and Hakim).
Other information is also found in the book of Al-Adzkar Imam Nawawi’s work, he said, “There are several narrations about the virtues of reading the Qur’an, aloud and there are also narrations about the virtues of a quiet voice.”
Meanwhile, to answer the question above, Imam Nawawi then explained in the same book. Here’s the statement:
“The scholars said, the way to compromise the two propositions is to read the Qur’an in a low voice for people who are afraid of riya- does not disturb people who pray, sleep, and so on.”
Through this explanation, it can be concluded that reading the Qur’an, both loudly and quietly, has the same virtue. What Muslims need to pay attention to in reading the Qur’an is that it must aim purely for the pleasure of Allah SWT. So there is no intention to show off (riya) to get praise from others. Wallahu A’lam Bishwab.