The imaams changing the tone of their voice

Reference: Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Pages 832-833, Fatwa No.830
al-Fataawa libni ‘Uthaymeen – Kitaab ad-Da’wah, Volume 1, Pages 199-200

Question: Often some imaams in the masaajid attempt to soften the hearts of the people and affect them by changing the tone of their voices in the taraaweeh prayer and the Qunoot supplication. I have heard from some people who dislike this, so what is your opinion on this and may Allaah protect and preserve you?

Response: That which I see is that if this action is within the limits of the Sharee’ah, without excessiveness then there is no problem with it. And because of this Abu Moosaa al-Ash’aree (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu) said to the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam):

«If I knew you were listening to my recitation I would have adorned it for you»

…i.e. beautified it. So if some people beautify their voices, or do so in a manner which softens the hearts then I do not see there is a problem in that, however, if this action is excessive as has been mentioned in the question, I feel this is being excessive and [thus] it is not befitting to do it.

And Allaah [alone] has the Complete knowledge [of all affairs].

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

– from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee’ah in 2004.