Exaggerating the Madd-e-Asli

Q. I have noticed some Imams exaggerating the madd-e-asli to retain their melody and tune in the Qiraat and this is particularly apparent at the end of certain Aayaat. Is this permissible?

A. If the letters or madd-e-asli are lengthened or shortened to such a degree that the words and meanings are distorted then the Salaat of such “qaaris” is not valid. In this case how can the muqtadis’ salaah be valid?

If the meaning is not distorted by such exaggerated accentuation of the huroof (letters) then the Salaat will be valid, albeit severely reprehensible.