Washing hands after Qur’aan recitation

Question: After reciting the Glorious Qur’aan, is it permissible to go directly to the bathroom or should we wash our hands first before entering the bathroom? It is worth mentioning that the water drained from the washbowl and the bathroom is carried off into the same sewer.

Answer: It is not legally required to wash hands after reciting the Qur’aan, or in the washbowl or the bathroom… read more here.

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Ruling on writing Aayaat on a paper and putting it in water then drinking it to facilitate memorizing Qur’aan

Question: Some people of different nationalities in Al-Masjid Al-Nabawee (the Prophet’s Mosque in Madeenah) write down Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) on a paper, put it in water, and then drink it to facilitate memorizing Qur’aan. They claim that this helps them to easily memorize the Qur’aan; however, we do not know whether this is an act of Bid`ah (innovation in religion) or not? What is the Islaamic ruling on this?

Answer: This act is an act of Bid`ah… read more here.

Ruling on distributing food and drink following Khatmah

Question: 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 A’immah 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… read more here.

Preparing banquets for completing the recitation of the Qur’aan

Question: Is it permissible to prepare banquets upon completing the recitation of the Qur’aan?

Answer: It is permissible to prepare banquets for wedding occasions. It is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said to `Abdur-Rahmaan ibn `Awf when the latter told him of his marriage: Prepare a banquet even if with one sheep. The Prophet himself used to prepare banquets for such occasions… read more here.

Gathering people to recite the Qur’aan with the intention of gaining more of Allaah’s provision

Question: In Uganda, when someone wants to supplicate Allaah to bestow more provisions on him, he invites some learned people who come to him each carrying a Mus-haf. They then start reciting; one of them recites Soorah Yaaseen as it is the heart of the Qur’aan, another recites Soorah Al-Kahf and a third recites Soorah Al-Waaqi’ah, Al-Rahmaan, Al-Dukhaan, Al-Ma’aarij, Al-Qalam, Al-Mulk, Muhammad, Al-Fath or some other Suwar. However, they do not recite any verses of Soorah Al-Baqarah and Soorah Al-Nisaa’. Is this Islaamic? If not, please tell us about the correct Islamic behavior with evidence.

Answer: Reciting the Qur’aan and reflecting on its meanings is one of the best deeds that draw a person close to Allaah. Moreover, supplicating to Allaah and resorting to Him to grant success to do more good, for provisions and for gaining other kinds of bounties is a permissible act of worship… read more here.

Ruling on reciting Al-Faatihah during school’s morning assembly

Question: Some girls’ schools ask us about the ruling on girls’ reciting Soorah Al-Faatihah aloud at the school’s morning assembly. Being a matter of importance, kindly inform us of the ruling so we can circulate it among the schools.

Answer: It is an act of Bid`ah (innovation in religion) that school boys and girls recite Soorah Al-Faatihah during the school’s morning assembly. The Prophet is reported to have said: Whoever does an act extraneous to ours (religious acts), his act is rejected. Narrated by Al-Bukhaaree and Muslimread more here.

Ruling on reciting Al-Faatihah after offering Witr following `Ishaa’ Salaah

Question: Please, your honor, give me a Fatwaa on reciting Soorah Al-Faatihah after the ‘Ishaa’ (Night) Prayer, i.e. after the Witr (Prayer with an odd number of units) for a non-specific number of times such as a hundred times, more or less, without specifying a certain time. I always recite the Qur’aan hoping for more rewards from Allaah. Is this considered a Bid`ah (innovation in religion) given that after reciting Al-Faatihah, I ask Allaah for forgiveness and guidance. May Allaah guide you to serve Islam and the Muslims.

Answer: The Qur’aan is the word of Allaah (Exalted be He); the superiority of Allah’s words over the words of people is similar to the superiority of Allaah over people. The reward of reciting the Qur’aan is great, which no one can measure except Allaah… read more here.

The permissibility of gathering people to recite the Qur’aan for a particular person

Question: Is it permissible for anyone to gather people and ask them to recite the Qur’aan for him on a certain occasion? For instance, that person wants to change his career and wants to get blessings in his new job.

Answer: Allaah revealed the Qur’aan, so that people would recite it as a form of ‘Ibaadah (worship) and apply its rulings. It is a miracle which proves the prophethood of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). As for the practice that you are inquiring about,it is not legislated by Allaah… read more here.

Specifying some Soorah of the Qur’aan as the “Saving Soorah”

Question: Some students of Daar Al-Hadeeth in Al-Madeenah Al-Munawwarah came to me and gave me a booklet called: “The Saving Surahs” including Suwar Al-Kahf, Al-Sajdah, Yaaseen, Fussilat, Al-Dukhaan, Al-Waaqi`ah, Al-Hashr, and Al-Mulk. They said that they have distributed many copies in Makkah, Al-Madeenah, and other places. Is there any evidence that they can be given this name and description?

Answer: All Suwar and Aayaat of the Qur’aan are healing for the diseases of the heart, guidance, and a mercy for the believers. They save those who adhere to them and are guided by them from Kufr (disbelief), misguidance, and painful torture. The Prophet (peace be upon him) clarified this through his words, deeds, and approval of the permissibility of Ruqyah (reciting Qur’aan and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing)… read more here.