Reciting the Qur’aan starting with Soorah of Al-Naas, Soorah of Al-Falaq, and Soorah of Al-Ikhlaas…

Question 5: Is it permissible to recite the Soorahs (Qur’aanic “chapters”) in an order other than that of the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan), for example, Soorah Al-Falaq before Soorah Al-Naas or something like that?

Answer: It is better to recite the Soorahs in the order of the ‘Uthmaanee script of the Mus-haf starting with Al-Faatihah, then Al-Baqarah, then ‘Aal-‘Imraan, and ending with Soorah Al-Naas. Accordingly, reciting Soorah Al-Falaq before Soorah Al-Naas is in agreement with the order of the ‘Uthmaanee script… read more here.

Arranging the Soorahs (Qur’aanic “chapters”) according to the `Uthmaanee Mus-haf

Question 4: Please find attached a copy of Juz’ ‘Amma (the last 30th of the Qur’aan), with footnotes giving the meanings of difficult words. I noticed in it that the Soorahs are arranged in reverse order, starting with Soorah Al-Naas and ending with Soorah ‘Amma. Please advise if this order is permissible and whether the order of the Qur’aanic Soorahs is Tawqeefee (bound by a religious text and not amenable to personal opinion) or not? May Allaah reward you with the best.

Answer: It is obligatory that the Soorahs should follow the same order as in the ‘Uthmaanee script of the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan). Accordingly, the last Juz’ should start with Soorah ‘Amma (Al-Nabaa’) and end with Surah Al-Naas… read more here.