The Sweetness of the Qur’an

In a hadith transmitted by Sa’id ibn ‘Ubaydah, from Qutadah from Anas, from Abu Musa, from the Prophet,

في الصحيح  من حديث سعيد عن قتادة عن أنس عن أبي موسى عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: المؤمن الذي يقرأ القرآن ويعمل به كالأترجة طعمها وريحها طيب والمؤمن لا يقرأ القرآن ويعمل به  كالثمرة طعمها طيب ولا ريح لها ومثل المنافق الذي يقرأ القرآن  كالريحانة ريحها طيب وطعمها مر ومثل المنافق الذي لا يقرأ القرآن كالحنظلة طعمها مر أوخبيث وريحها مر

“A believer who recites the Qur’an and acts according to it is a like a citron, whose taste and scent are excellent (tayyib). A believer who does not recite the Qur’an but still acts upon it like a fruit whose taste is sweet but has no odor. The likeness of the hypocrite who recites the Qur’an is that of an herb whose odor is sweet but whose taste is bitter. The likeness of the hypocrite who does not even recite the Qur’an is like a bitter melon, whose taste is bitter and whose odor is foul.”

Recorded by Imam al-Bukhari, noted in al-Qabisi’s al-Risalah al-Mufassilah l’Ahwal al-Muta’allimin wa A’hkam al-Mu’allimin wa’l Muta’allimin, A Epistle Concerning the Conditions surrounding Students and the Rules Governing Teachers and Students Alike.