Can you please explain the meaning of this hadith? "Recite the Qur’an before a people who will straighten it like an arrow, but it will not traverse their throats. They seek immediate reward from it and the reward of the life to come." I don't understand what is meant by the Qur’an being "straightened like an arrow"? Who is this hadith referring to? What is the warning?
What is meant by the Hadeeth is that these individuals will recite the Qur’an and straighten its recitation (by exaggerating and going overboard with respect to the rules of Tajweed and proper recitation), for no other reason than Riya' and seeking fame from it. The example given is of one who straightens his arrow, trying to make it as straight and perfect as possible and exaggerating in trying to make it perfectly straight.
There is a mistake in the text of the Hadeeth that I'd like to bring everyone's attention to:
"They seek immediate reward from it and the reward of the life to come." This is how it should read: "They seek immediate reward from it and not the reward of the life to come."
 'Awn al-Ma'bood Sharh Sunan Abi Dawood (1/82).< Back to Questions