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Surah Muzzammil Ayat 4 in Arabic Text

أَوۡ زِدۡ عَلَيۡهِ وَرَتِّلِ ٱلۡقُرۡءَانَ تَرۡتِيلًا
Aw zid ‘alaihi wa rattilil Qur’aana tarteela

English Translation

Here you can read various translations of verse 4

Sahih International
Or add to it, and recite the Qur’an with measured recitation.

Yusuf Ali
Or a little more; and recite the Qur’an in slow, measured rhythmic tones.

Abul Ala Maududi
or add to it a little; and recite the Qur’an slowly and distinctly.

Muhsin Khan
Or a little more; and recite the Quran (aloud) in a slow, (pleasant tone and) style.

Or add (a little) thereto – and chant the Qur’an in measure,

Dr. Ghali
Or increase thereto; and recite the Qur’an (in a distinct) recitation.

Abdel Haleem
or a little more; recite the Quran slowly and distinctly:

Muhammad Junagarhi
یا اس پر بڑھا دے اور قرآن کو ٹھہر ٹھہر کر (صاف) پڑھا کر

Quran 73 Verse 4 Explanation

For those looking for commentary to help with the understanding of Surah Muzzammil ayat 4, we’ve provided two Tafseer works below. The first is the tafseer of Abul Ala Maududi, the second is of Ibn Kathir.


(73:4) or add to it a little;[3] and recite the Qur’an slowly and distinctly.[4]

3. This is an explanation of the duration of time commanded to be spent in worship. In it the Prophet (peace be upon him) was given the option to spend half of the night in the Prayer, or a little less than that, or a little more than that. But the style shows that half the night has been regarded as preferable, for the measure is the same, which may be decreased or increased, as the people may like and choose.

4. Recite the Quran: Do not recite it quickly and in haste, but slowly and distinctly: pause at every verse so that the mind understands the meaning and purport of divine revelation well and takes effect from it. if it contains the mention of Allah’s Being and Attributes, it may awe-inspire the heart with His glory and majesty. If it expresses His mercy, the heart may be filled with feelings of gratitude to Him. If it mentions His wrath and His punishment, the heart may be overwhelmed by fear of Him. If it enjoins something or forbids something, one may understand what has been enjoined and what has been forbidden. In short, the recital does not only consist in uttering the words with the tongue, but it should involve thoughtful consideration of the meaning. When Anas was asked about the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) method of reciting the Quran, he replied: The Messenger (peace be upon him) stretched the words when reciting them. For example, when he recited Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rahim, he would stretch and prolong the sound of Allah, Rahman and Rahim (Bukhari). When Umm Salamah was asked the same question, she replied that the Prophet (peace be upon him) recited every verse separately and distinctly and observed a pause at the end of every verse. For instance, he recited Al-hamdu-lillahi Rabbil-alamin, and paused, then recited ar-Rahmanir- Rahim, and paused, and then recited Maliki-yaumid-din. (Musnad Ahmad, Abu Daud, Tirmidhi). In another tradition, Umm Salamah has stated that the Prophet (peace be upon him) recited each word distinctly and clearly. (Tirmidhi, Nasai). Hudhaifah bin Yaman says: Once I stood beside the Prophet (peace be upon him) in the night Prayer to see how he recited the Quran. I noticed that he glorified Allah where He should be glorified, invoked and supplicated Allah where He should be invoked and supplicated, and sought refuge of Allah where His refuge should be sought. (Muslim, Nasai). Abu Dharr has stated that once during the night Prayer when the Prophet (peace be upon him) came to the sentence: in-to-adhdhib-hum … (If You punish them, then they are Your servants; and if You forgive them, then You are Almighty, All-Wise), he went on repeating it over and over again until it became dawn. (Musnad Ahmad, Bukhari).


The tafsir of Surah Muzzammil verse 4 by Ibn Kathir is unavailable here.
Please refer to Surah Muzzammil ayat 1 which provides the complete commentary from verse 1 through 9.

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