But my question is that if I read the transalation in hindi alone will I get the same sawab as read in arabic or I have to read it in Arabic then in hindi?
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I go through your website daily & it has been very helpful for me to understand Islam deeply. I am an Indian & I can read arabic without understanding it. I have a quran which has transalation in hindi, but my question is that if I read the transalation in hindi alone will I get the same sawab as read in arabic or I have to read it in Arabic then in hindi?
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There are two aspects to your question that need to be addressed. One is the reward or thawaab one wishes to earn through the recitation of the Glorious Quran, and the other is to understand what is being recited so that one may be able to obey and follow the Commands and Guidance of the Lord Most Merciful.
Allah says in Chapter 2, Surah Baqarah aayat
185: Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down: this Book is a
Perfect Guidance for mankind and consists of clear Teachings which show the
There is absolutely no doubt that the Quran was revealed as a Book of Divine Guidance for all of mankind, and the absolute first and primary mission of a believer MUST BE to understand, obey, follow, and implement the guidance of the Glorious Quran as his way of life.
If one can read and understand the Arabic script in which the Quran was revealed, then without a doubt it would be the absolute best option; for the person would receive the reward for its recitation and also understand it so that he may implement its Divine Commands of guidance in his life.
But if one can only read the Arabic script in which the Quran was revealed but cannot understand the language; then it would be best to first recite the Quran in its original script and then try to understand the language through a translation in a language which one understands best; thus earning both the reward for its recitation and also getting to understand the Wise Commands of Guidance from the Lord Most Gracious.
There are many authentic narrations from the Noble Messenger of Allah (saws) whereby the rewards for the recitation of the Quran are declared; but if one compares the degree of the rewards of recitation to the rewards of acquiring, and understanding, and implementing the guidance and knowledge of the Quran in their lives there is absolutely no doubt that, although both earn huge rewards, the rewards of understanding, learning, and teaching the Quran are much more superior.
Ref: Rewards for reciting the Glorious Quran:
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 6.545 Narrated by Uthman
The Prophet (saws) said, "The best among you are those who learn the Qur'an and teach it."
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 6.459 Narrated by Aisha
The Prophet (saws) said, "Such a person as recites the Qur'an and masters it by heart, will be with the noble righteous scribes (in Heaven). And such a person who exerts himself to learn the Qur'an by heart, and recites it with great difficulty, will have a double reward."
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2167 Narrated by Aws ath-Thaqafi
Uthman ibn Abdullah ibn Aws ath-Thaqafi, on his grandfather's authority, reported Allah's Messenger (saws) as saying, "A man's recitation of the Qur'an without using a copy of it produces a thousand degrees of reward, but his recitation while using a copy is double that, reaching two thousand degrees."
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2137 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Mas'ud
Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "If anyone recites a letter from Allah's Book he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a tenfold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim are one letter, but alif is a letter, lam is a letter and mim is a letter."
Ref: Rewards for acquiring religious knowledge; ie. the understanding of the Quran:
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 257 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Amr
Allah's Messenger (saws) happened to pass by two groups (of Muslims) in the mosque and he said: Both of them are good, but one is superior to the other. One group is supplicating Allah and praying Him. If He so wills He will confer upon them and if He so wills He will withhold. So far as those who are acquiring the understanding of religion and its knowledge and are busy in teaching, they are superior. Verily I have been sent as a teacher. He then sat down amongst them.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 256 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Abbas
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: Acquiring knowledge in company for an hour in the night is better than spending the whole night in prayer.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 249 Narrated by Al-Hasan al-Basri
Allah's Messenger (saws) said: He whom death overtakes while he is engaged in acquiring knowledge with a view to reviving Islam with the help of it, there will be one degree between him and the Prophets in Paradise.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 220 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik
Allah's Messenger (saws) said: One who goes out to search for knowledge is (devoted) to the Cause of Allah till he returns
Sahih Muslim Hadith 6518 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah
Allah's Messenger (saws) as saying: He who alleviates the suffering of a brother from the affections of the world, Allah will alleviate his affections from the sufferings of the Day of Resurrection. He who finds relief for one who is hard pressed, Allah will make things easy for him in the Hereafter, and he who conceals (the faults) of a Muslim, Allah would conceal his faults in the world and in the Hereafter. Allah is at the back of a servant so long as the servant is at the back of his brother. He who treads the path in search of knowledge, Allah will make that path easy, leading to Paradise for him and those persons who assemble in one of the houses of Allah (mosques), recite the Book of Allah and learn and teach the Qur'an (among themselves). There will descend upon them tranquillity, mercy will cover them, the Angels will surround them and Allah will mention them in the presence of those near Him.
May Allah Subhanah bless you and us and all the believers to strive to recite and understand this Divine Book of Guidance from our Lord Most Gracious, open your and our hearts to its understanding, and give you, us, and all the believers the wisdom and the courage to implements its Guidance of Truth in our lives until we ultimately meet with our appointment of death. Ameen.
May Allah Subhanah increase your quest of acquiring the Knowledge of Truth from the clear Guidance of the Glorious Quran, and reward you generously in this world and the Hereafter for your striving in His Cause. Ameen.
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Your Brother in Islam,