Question 92: I heard from seekers of Islaamic knowledge that anyone who recites the Qur’aan without knowing its Tafseer (explanation/exegesis) is a sinner. Your Eminence, what is your opinion concerning this, given that I do not know Tafseer?
Answer: Reciting the Qur’aan, even without understanding its meaning, is considered of the righteous deeds which are rewarded. However, when the Muslim contemplates what he recites and thinks deeply about the meanings of Allaah’s Words, his reward is greater and he is going to be more affected by it. The claim of the person referred to in the question is a clear fault from which he should repent to Allaah (Exalted be He)... read more here.