In Islamic teachings, there exists a profound metaphorical comparison that beautifully encapsulates the essence (Quran Musk) of reciting the Quran “The example of the one who recites the Quran is like that of a citron, which tastes good and smells good.” This analogy, rooted in the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), illuminates the transformative power and fragrance of the Quran in the life of a believer.

Unparalleled significance in the life of a Muslim

The Qura`n, revered as the literal word of Allah (God) revealed to humanity through the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), holds unparalleled significance in the life of a Muslim. It serves as a comprehensive guide, offering divine wisdom, guidance, and solace to navigate life’s journey. The act of reciting the Qura’n is not merely an exercise in vocalization but a profound spiritual experience that permeates the heart and soul of the believer.

The metaphor of the citron, often likened to a fragrant and delicious fruit, symbolizes the beauty, purity, and sweetness inherent in the recitation of the Qura’n. Just as the aroma (Quran Musk) of a citron fills the air with its delightful fragrance, the recitation of the Quran permeates the atmosphere with spiritual enlightenment and blessings.

The analogy extends further with the mention of musk, a precious and highly valued fragrance in Islamic tradition. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) eloquently described the one who recites the Quran as being “full of musk.” This imagery emphasizes not only the pleasing scent that emanates from the believer but also the enduring impact and influence of their actions and character.


قال النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم
تعلموا القرآن واقرء وه وارقدوا فإن مثل القرآن لمن
تعلمه فقرا وقام به کمثل جراب محشو مسکا يفوح ريحه فـي كـل مـكـان ، ومثل من تعلمة فيرقد وهو في جوفه كمثل جراب أو کی علی مسك

( رواہ الترمذی و النسائی و ابن ماجہ الحديث رقم 51 )

Quran Translation

Learn the translation of the Qur’an, recite it, rest and rest. Everywhere the fragrance wafts. And whoever learns from it then rests (and does not do it while the Qur’an is within him). Gone (from which the fragrance does not come out).

( رواہ الترمذی و النسائی و ابن ماجہ الحديث رقم 51 )

Benefits of Memorization of the Quran

Memorization of the Quran is blessed in all circumstances, but not doing it reduces the virtues. Sometimes the habitual performs such deeds that it takes away all the virtues. May Allah Almighty grant them success. In the Quran, Allah Himself emphasizes the significance of the Quranic recitation and its transformative effect on individuals and society. Allah says in Surah Al-Isra (17:9):

وَقُرْآنًا فَرَقْنَاهُ لِتَقْرَأَهُ عَلَى النَّاسِ عَلَىٰ مُكْثٍ وَنَزَّلْنَاهُ تَنزِيلًا

Surah Al-Isra (17:9)

Quran verse Translation

And We have certainly made the Quran easy to remember. So is there any who will remember?

Surah Al-Isra (17:9)

This verse highlights the Quran’s accessibility and its purpose as a source of guidance for humanity. It encourages believers to engage in regular recitation and reflection upon its verses to attain spiritual nourishment and enlightenment.

Furthermore, in Surah Al-Hashr (59:21), Allah describes the Quran as a source of mercy and healing:

لَوْ أَنزَلْنَا هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنَ عَلَىٰ جَبَلٍ لَّرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعًا مُّتَصَدِّعًا مِّنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ وَتِلْكَ الْأَمْثَالُ نَضْرِبُهَا لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ

Surah Al-Hashr (59:21)

Quran verse Translation

“Had We sent down this Quran upon a mountain, you would have seen it humbled and coming apart from fear of Allah. And these examples We present to the people that perhaps they will give thought.”

Surah Al-Hashr (59:21)

Quran’s Transformative Power

This verse underscores the Quran’s profound impact on hearts and minds, capable of humbling even the most formidable of entities. It serves as a reminder of the Quran’s transformative power to instill reverence and mindfulness in the hearts of believers.


In conclusion, likening the Quran reciter to a fragrant citron full of musk emphasizes the Quran’s beauty and transformative power. We must regularly engage with the Quran, understanding and practicing its teachings, and spreading its mercy, guidance, and healing. Let’s strive to embody its teachings and be ‘full of musk’ through our dedication.


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