Participating in reciting Qur’aan into microphones and receiving fees for recitation…

Question 120: I am a Qur’aan reciter and I participate in evening shows during Ramadaan. The fee that I receive is not more than twenty Egyptian pounds for one show, including the expenses of the speaker. However, one of my colleagues told me that the recitation that I do is Haraam (prohibited) and accordingly the fee that I receive is Haraam. He quoted in support of his view the Hadeeth of the Prophet (peace be upon him): Recite the Qur’aan but do not use it as a means of obtaining worldly benefits or earning your living.

Answer: This act that you do is not permissible. This is because it is considered Bidd`ah (innovation in religion) and a way of helping others in sin and transgression. Moreover, it is Haraam to receive a fee for reciting Qur’aan on such shows that propagate Bidd`ah, or on behalf of deceased people... read more here.

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