Al Hassan al Basree stated while clarifying the meaning of contemplating over the Qur-aan:
‘By Allaah, it is not by memorizing its letters while neglecting the boundaries it has set, it has reached the point where a person would say: ‘I have read the whole Qur-aan without dropping/neglecting even one of its letters.’ And by Allaah he has neglected all of it, you do not see the Qur-aan in him, neither in mannerisms nor actions.
It reached the point where one of them said: ‘I can read a whole Surah in one breath.’ By Allaah these are not the recitors of the Qur-aan, nor are they scholars, nor are they the wise, or those who fear Allaah. Since when have the reciters of the Qur-aan been like this, may Allaah not increase the likes of them amongst the people.’
I say [Shaykh ‘Abdur-Razaaq]: May Allaah have mercy upon al Hassan, had he seen some of the reciters of our time, those who have been deceived by beautifying their voices and the letters of the Qur-aan and chanting them, while they are negligent of and disregard its boundaries. Rather the people listening to them are also are taken by the proper pronunciation of the letters and the recital while being negligent of the meanings and contemplating over the speech of Allaah.
This is not a criticism of correctly practicing the Tajweed of the Qur-aan, chanting it and beautifying ones voice with it, it is only a criticism of going out of one’s way to properly pronounce its letters without caring or paying attention to the orders within it, the very reason why the Qur-aan was revealed. It has reached the point where you do not see that they fear Allaah, rather you do not see them acting upon the Qur-aan, not in mannerisms nor actions.
You see a reciter from amongst them who has memorized the Glorious Qur-aan, correctly pronouncing its letters yet he shaves his beard or lowers his garments beneath his ankles, rather you find him neglectful of the Salaat, either all together or in congregation,
amongst other forms of evil.
It has reached the point where one of them, and from Allaah alone do we seek aid, opened up a party for a sinful woman by reciting some versus of the Qur-aan, he recited the Qur-aan in between her songs. High above is the speech of our Lord from being tarnished by the likes of these people, and it is sufficient for me to say what al Hassan, may Allaah have mercy upon him said, ‘since when have the reciters of the Qur-aan been like this, may Allaah not increase the likes of them amongst the people.’