How to taste the Sweetness of the Qur’an
Imam Tabari rahimahullah tells us how we can taste the sweetness of the Qur’an:
قال الطبري مصنف (جامع البيان):
إني لأعجب ممن قرأ القرآن ولم يعلم تأويله كيف يلتذ بقراءته؟
He said: I am amazed with one who recites the Qur’an and he does not learn its ta’weel*, how will he taste the sweetness of his recitation?! (Mu’jam al-Adbaa, 63/18)
*ta’weel: used here to mean the tafseer of the Qur’an. During the first few generations of Islam, ta’weel and tafseer were used interchangibly. There are no ahadeeth that mention tafseer, rather the word “ta’weel” is used.
Learn tafseer, for you will be able to taste the sweetness of this book. Iyyas ibn Mu’awiyah rahimahullah said,
“The example of a people who recite the Qur’an and do not know its explanation is like a group of people who have a written message from their king that comes to them during the night, and they do not have a lamp. Therefore, they do not know what is in the message. The example of one who knows tafseer is like a person who comes to them with a lamp and reads to them what is in the message.”