The Hadeeth: “There is many a reciter of the Qur’aan whom the Qur’aan curses.”

Question 39: The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: “There is many a reciter of the Qur’an whom the Qur’an curses.”

I would like Your Eminence to explain the meaning of this honorable Hadeeth, as I conversed with a Muslim brother regarding it, and he told me that the people that are meant by the Hadeeth are those who read the Aayah (Qur’aanic verse) warning against Ribah (usury) and yet indulge in usurious dealings, or read the Aayah of showing dutifulness towards one’s parents, and yet they are undutiful to them, and many other cases. Is this what the honorable Aayah suggests? Or is it applicable to those who recite the Qur’aan without pondering over its meanings or Aayaat?I would like Your Eminence to elaborate on this matter.

Answer: This is an Athar (narration from a Companion) reported from Maymun ibn Mahran, not a Hadeeth attributed to the Prophet (peace be upon him). It warns Muslims who recite the Qur’aan against the neglect of acting according to its teachings. Some servants may recite the Qur’aan and pass over its prohibitions heedlessly. For example, they read the prohibitions of Ribah, injustice, and Gheebah (backbiting) and yet indulge in usurious dealings, injustice, and Gheebah, and so on… read more here.