On the recommendation to have good voice in reciting the Qur'an

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

182. Chapter: On the recommendation to have good voice in reciting the Qur'an and asking someone with a good voice to recite and listening to it

1004. Abu Hurayra said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, "Allah does not listen to anything so gladly as He listens to a Prophet with a good voice chanting the Qur'an aloud." [Agreed upon]

1005. Abu Musa al-Ash'ari reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to him, "You have been given one of the flutes of the family of Da'ud." [Agreed upon]

In a variant of Muslim is that the Messenger of Allah said to him, "If you could only have seen me listening to your recitation last night."

1006. Al-Bara' ibn 'Azib said, "I heard the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, reciting 'Wa't-tini wa'z-zaytun' (95) in the 'Isha' prayer and I have never heard anyone with a better voice or better recitation than he had." [Agreed upon]

1007. Abu Lubaba Bashir ibn 'Abdu'l-Mundhir reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Anyone who does not use a good voice when reciting the Qur'an is not one of us." [Abu Dawud]

1008. Ibn Mas'ud said, "The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to me, 'Recite the Qur'an to me.' I said, 'O Messenger of Allah, shall I recite to you when it was sent down to you?' He said, 'I want to hear it from someone other than myself.' So I recited Surat an-Nisa' to him until I reached this ayat, 'How will it be when We bring a witness from every nation and bring you as a witness against them?' (4:41) He said, 'That is enough now,' and I turned to him and his eyes were flowing with tears." [Agreed upon]