Hadith on Recitation: Warning not to exaggerate with the Quran

Mihjan ibn al-Adra’ reported: I was eager to meet the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, one night, and he came out to fulfill one of his needs. The Prophet saw me, took my hand, and we set out. We passed by a man who was praying loudly with the Quran. The Prophet said, “Perhaps he is being ostentatious.” I said, “O Messenger of Allah, you recite the Quran aloud.” The Prophet raised his hands, then he said, “Verily, you will never achieve this matter by exaggeration.” Then, he came out another night, and we passed by a man praying with the Quran. I said, “Perhaps he is being ostentatious.” The Prophet said, “Nay, rather he is penitent.”

Source: Musnad Aḥmad 18971

Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Albani

عَنْ مِحْجَنِ بْنِ الْأَدْرَعِ قَالَ كُنْتُ أَحْرُسُ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ذَاتَ لَيْلَةٍ فَخَرَجَ لِبَعْضِ حَاجَتِهِ قَالَ فَرَآنِي فَأَخَذَ بِيَدِي فَانْطَلَقْنَا فَمَرَرْنَا عَلَى رَجُلٍ يُصَلِّي يَجْهَرُ بِالْقُرْآنِ فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ عَسَى أَنْ يَكُونَ مُرَائِيًا قَالَ قُلْتُ يَا رَسُولَ اللهِ يُصَلِّي يَجْهَرُ بِالْقُرْآنِ قَالَ فَرَفَضَ يَدِي ثُمَّ قَالَ إِنَّكُمْ لَنْ تَنَالُوا هَذَا الْأَمْرَ بِالْمُغَالَبَةِ قَالَ ثُمَّ خَرَجَ ذَاتَ لَيْلَةٍ فَمَرَرْنَا عَلَى رَجُلٍ يُصَلِّي بِالْقُرْآنِ قَالَ فَقُلْتُ عَسَى أَنْ يَكُونَ مُرَائِيً فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَلَّا إِنَّهُ أَوَّابٌ

18971 مسند أحمد بن حنبل

2311 المحدث الألباني خلاصة حكم المحدث حسن في صحيح الجامع

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