Be like an Orange (Citron)

460. Narrated Aboo Moosa Al-Asharee (radhi Allaahu anha):- Allaah’s

Messenger (Sallallaahu Alaihi wasallam) said,

The example of a believer who recited the Qur’aan, is that of a citron which smells good and tastes good; and the example of a believer who does not recite the Qur’aan, is that of a date which has no smell but tastes sweet; and the example of a hypocrite who recites the Qur’aan, is that of Ar-Reyhan (an aromatic plant) which smells good but tastes bitter; and the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Qur’aan, is that of a colocynth plant which has no smell and is bitter in taste.

[Saheeh Al-Bukhaari, Hadeeth No. 338, Vol. 7]
Source : The Book of the Salat of travellers and its Taqsir – Chapter 37 – The superiority of a person who knows Quraan by heart (Haafiz-ul-Quraan)
Al-Lulu Wal-Marjan, Compiled by : Fuwad Abdul-Baqi, Translated by : Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan