Question 2: I heard some students of religious knowledge in the Makkan Haram (The sacred Mosque in Makkah) saying that it is not permissible to hire someone to teach the Qur’an for the soul of a dead person. This practice is common in my country and in other countries. I hope Your Eminence will issue us a Fatwaa based on religious evidence in this regard. Also what should we do if the person wrote in his will that a Qur’an reciter should be hired to teach the Qur’aan on his behalf?
Answer: Hiring a person to recite the Qur’an for the deceased in order to carry out his will is a Bid’ah (innovation in religion), so executing it is not permissible according to the statement of the Prophet (peace be upon him)… read more here.