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Discouraging Listening to a Particular Quran Reciter

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Answered by Shaykh Irshaad Sedick


I had advised a brother not to listen to a certain reciter as “his tunes are more like music.” Did I backbite? Should I tell him what I said was wrong? 


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate. May Allah guide our hearts, tongues, and deeds to that which perpetually pleases Him.

Advising / Disadvising

Giving advice is generally welcomed. The Prophet (may Allah bless him and give him peace) said: “The Din (religion) is nasiha (goodwill, advice, or sincerity).” We said, “To whom?” He (may Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.” [Muslim]

Misplaced Advice / Disadvice

Unless you are a scholar of recitation (qira’a), the advice described is misplaced, and Allah knows best. We advise you to repent and refrain from it in the future. The advisee may have deemed the recommendation sound; therefore, it might be better to rectify your statement with him.

And Allah knows best.

I pray this is of benefit and that Allah guides us all.

[Shaykh] Irshaad Sedick

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Irshaad Sedick was raised in South Africa in a traditional Muslim family. He graduated from Dar al-Ulum al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Western Cape, under the guidance of the late world-renowned scholar, Shaykh Taha Karaan. 

Shaykh Irshaad received Ijaza from many luminaries of the Islamic world, including Shaykh Taha Karaan, Mawlana Yusuf Karaan, and Mawlana Abdul Hafeez Makki among others.

He is the author of the text “The Musnad of Ahmad ibn Hanbal: A Hujjah or not?” He has served as the Director of the Discover Islam Centre and Al Jeem Foundation. He served as the resident Imam of Masjid al-Munowar in Retreat, Cape Town for several years.

Shaykh Irshaad has thirteen years of teaching experience at some of the leading Islamic institutes in Cape Town). He is currently building an Islamic online learning and media platform called ‘Isnad Academy’ and pursuing his Master’s degree in the study of Islam at the University of Johannesburg. He has a keen interest in healthy living and fitness. 

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