imaams changing the tone of their voice
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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?
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
`alayhe 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.
with Allaah is the Complete Knowledge.
Fataawa Ramadhaan - Volume 2, Pages 832-833, Fatwa No. 830;
al-Fataawa libni 'Uthaymeen - Kitaab ad-Da'wah, Volume 1,