Distributing food and drinks upon completing the recitation of the entire Qur’aan

Question 165: Dear scholars, what is the ruling on the following question:

Did the Prophet (peace be upon him), any of his Sahaabah (Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them), the Taabi`oon (Followers, the generation after the Companions of the Prophet), their successors, or the Salaf (righteous predecessors) distribute food, drinks, or desserts following Khatmah (completing of one reading of the whole Qur’aan) during Qiyaam-ul-Layl (optional Prayer at night) in Ramadaan?

If this was an established custom that was practiced during the time of the early generations of Islaam, please tell us the book, page number, volume, and edition that proves this. If this is not confirmed, please give us evidence to show whether or not this is permissible, knowing that this is done as a duty believing that the food, drinks, and desserts will bring blessings.

Answer: As far as we know, it is not authentically related that the Prophet (peace be upon him), any of his Sahaabah, the Taabi`oon, or the Imams of the Salaf distributed food, drinks, or desserts following Khatmah of the Qur’aan during Qiyaam-ul-Layl in Ramadaan and made this a duty. This practice is Bidd`ah (a rejected innovation in religion) that has been introduced into the Deen (religion), because it is done following an act of `Ibaadah (worship) and done due to it at that specific time. Every Bidd`ah in the Deen is a misguidance, as it implies an accusation that the Sharee`ah (Islaamic law) is imperfect. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islaam as your religion. It is authentically narrated on the authority of Al-`Irbad ibn Sariyah (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said... read more here.

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