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Asslamu Alaikum wa Rahamatullah wa Barakatu. I understand the value of Qur'an recitation and the value of each letter. I would like to know if the rewards are still there if I recite to myself in english while reading the english translation? Jazak Allah Khair

Answered by Shaykh Abdurrahmann Murad

Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatul'laah wa Barakatuh. 

May Allah bless you and grant you success in this life and in the next. Ameen! 

Dear brother, in relation to the reward of reciting the Qur'an, the Prophet, may Allah praise him, said: "Whoever recites a letter from the book of Allah, he will receive a reward; that reward is multiplied by ten. I don't mean that Alif-Laam-Meem is one letter, rather Alif is a letter, Laam is a letter and Meem is a letter." (Authentic - Mishkhat al-Masabeeh) 

The reward mentioned in this narration is specific to reading the Qur'an in its native language, Arabic. Whether you recite by heart, from the Arabic script or from the transliteration (Arabic written with English letters); the reward would be the same. 

However, if you recite the meanings of the Qur'an in English, the reward is not the same. The reward would be given to you for exerting your effort in learning, and for applying what you have learnt, but there would be no rewards for reading the translation itself. It should be clear that the 'Word of Allah' is the Arabic text not the English, for that is merely the work/effort of a translator to render the meaning of the words of Allah into the English language. 

Jazaak Allah Khairan