What is the end of Aayah al-Kursee (Soorah Al-Baqarah, 2:255) ?

Question 114: When I recite Aayat-ul-Kursee (the Qur’aanic Verse of Allaah’s Throne, Soorah Al-Baqarah, 2:255), should I stop at Allaah’s Statement: And He is the Most High, the Most Great. Or should I complete the recitation to the following Aayah (Qur’aanic verse): There is no compulsion in religion.

Answer: Aayat-ul-Kursee is only Allaah’s Statement: Allaah! Laa ilaahaa illaa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He), Al-Hayyul-Qayyoom (the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists). Up to the end of the Aayah, which is Allaah’s Statement: And He is the Most High, the Most Great.... read more here.

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Reciting the Soorahs order in backwards, from al-Naas onwards

Question 113: I am a teacher of Qur’aan in a circle for memorizing the Qur’aan in a Masjid (mosque) in Makkah Al-Mukarramah. I have a question whose answer I would like your Eminence to send to the Islaamic Propagation Office in Makkah Al-Mukarramah. The question is: I teach children the short Soorahs (Qur’aanic Chapter). They recite to me what they have memorized in the following order: Soorah Al-Naas then Soorah Al-Falaq then Soorah Al-Ikhlaas and so on until Soorah Al-Duhaa, for example. Is there anything wrong with reciting the Qur’aan according to this order?

Answer: There is nothing wrong with doing so... read more here.

I was advised not to memorize the Qur’aan without the assistance of a shaykh

Question 112: One of my teachers advised me not to go far in memorizing the Qur’aan without having a shaykh in order to avoid making mistakes. Is this true?

Answer: It is better to learn and memorize the Qur’aan at the hand of a good reciter who can recite well, if this is possible. If it is not, you should try to recite the Qur’aan according to you ability, because Allaah (Exalted be He) says: Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope. The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said: The person who recites the Qur’aan with difficulty and falters in it shall have a double reward.... read more here.

Is it permissible to memorize the Qur’aan without learning Tajweed or Tafseer?

Question 111: Some young men and I have started to memorize the Qur’aan, but some of us do this without knowing the rules of Tarteel (slow recitation of the Qur’aan) or Tafseer (exegesis of the meanings of the Qur’aan). Is this act permissible?

Answer: Muslims are required to memorize the Qur’aan in a way that is free from Lahn (incorrect recitation due to mispronunciation of letters or grammatical mistakes). However, memorizing the Qur’aan according to Tajweed (reciting the Qur’aan following the rules of recitation) is one of the complementary factors that contribute to perfect recitation, which is to be applied as long as this is possible... read more here.

Is it permissible to recite the Qur’aan inversely?

Question 103: Is it permissible to recite the Qur’aan inversely in Salaah (Prayer), outside Salaah or when memorizing the Qur’aan?

Answer: It is not permissible to recite the Aayaat or the words of an Aayah inverted. The Aayaat must be recited in the same order as their words and according to their sequence in the Glorious Qur’aan. The order of the Aayaat is Tawqeefee (bound by a religious text and not amenable to personal opinion), as reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him)... read more here.

What is the ruling on ‘Hadr recitation’ style of the Qur’aan?

Question 102: What is the opinion of Your Eminence regarding reciting the Qur’aan with the style known as Hadr (reciting the Qur’aan rapidly yet following the rules) that is widespread in Saudi Arabia and the melodious recitation that is widespread in Egypt, which is characterized by protraction?

Answer: It is a prerequisite to recite the Qur’aan in the proper and right way at a slow pace. It is also recommended to recite it in a good voice. Actually, Hadr is a good style for reciting the Qur’aan. However, melodious and very slow-paced recitation is not permissible as it resembles singing. In fact, the Qur’aan should be protected and be far above being recited as such... read more here.

Is it permissible to recite Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) in a converse order?

Question 101: Is it not permissible to recite the Aayaat (Qur’aanic verses) in a converse order? For example, may I say, “And at the earth, how it was spread out? And at the mountains, how they were firmly set? And at the heaven, how it was raised high? Do they not look.”

Answer: It is not permissible to recite the Qur’aan in such a manner. Actually, Aayaat are divinely ordered, and thus one may not recite them in an order different from that of the Qur’aan... read more here.

What is the ruling on making mistakes while reciting the Qur’aan?

Question 100: What is the ruling on making mistakes while reciting the Qur’aan?

Answer: A Muslim has to do his best to master the recitation of the Qur’aan and seek to recite it correctly. However, it is pardonable to make a mistake unintentionally while learning how to recite it... read more here.

Is it obligatory to recite the Qur’aan with Tajweed (following the rules of recitation)?

Question 99: Is it obligatory on me to recite the Qur’aan according to Tajweed (reciting the Qur’aan following the rules of recitation)?

Answer: Muslims should learn the Book of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) from a knowledgeable person who is well acquainted with the correct way of reciting the Qur’aan... read more here.

Saying “Basmalah” when starting Qur’aan recitation from the middle of a Soorah

Question 98: Should a person who recites from the middle of a Surah say Basmalah (saying, “Bismillaah Al-Rahmaan, Al-Raheem [In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful]”) or just say Isti`aadah (saying: “A`oodu bi-Allaahi Min al-Shaytaan-al-Rajeem [I seek refuge with Allaah from the accursed Satan]”)?

Answer: Anyone who recites the Qur’aan beginning with the middle of a Soorah should start with Isti`aadah and recite without Basmalah. Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He) says: So when you want to recite the Qur’aan, seek refuge with Allaah from Shaytaan (Satan), the outcast (the cursed one).... read more here.

Is it permissible for me to recite the Qur’aan while people are not listening?

Question 97: Is it permissible for me to recite the Qur’aan while people are not listening. Some Muslims say, “Do not raise your voice while reciting the Qur’aan for we do not listen to you, and thus you commit a sin.” Are they right and what should I do concerning this? Do I commit a sin?

Answer: The Glorious Qur’aan is the best Dikr (Remembrance of Allaah), for it is the Words of Allaah (Glorified and Exalted be He). Allaah commands us to recite the Qur’aan, listen to it, contemplate it and act according to it. However, if the people around do not listen to the Qur’aan while being recited due to any reason, it will not be permissible for the reciter to raise his voice when reciting the Qur’aan. This is because raising one’s voice with recitation while those around are not paying attention does not achieve any benefit... read more here.

Is the reward for listening to recorded Qur’aan the same as for reciting Qur’aan?

Question 96: In my workplace, I listen to Qur’aan tapes and make a Khatmah (one complete reading of the entire Qur’aan) every ten days. Will the reward be equivalent to the tenfold reward given to a person who makes a Khatmah through reciting from the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur’aan)?

Answer: The reward referred to is mentioned in the Hadeeth on the authority of `Abdullaah ibn Mas`ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) in which the Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: Anyone who recites a letter from the Book of Allaah will receive a Hasanah (rewardable good deed), and the Hasanah is multiplied by ten. I do not say that ‘Alif Laaam Meeem’ is a letter, but ‘Alif’ is a letter, ‘Laaam’ is a letter, and ‘Meeem’ is a letter. (Related by Al-Tirmidee) This reward pertains to a reader or reciter of the Qur’aan... read more here.

What is the ruling on listening to the Qur’aan while working?

Question 95: What is the ruling on listening to the Qur’aan while working (not while talking)?

Answer: It is permissible to listen to the Qur’aan while working... read more here.

Finding it hard to recite the Qur’aan due to medical issue? What to do?

Question 94: I am a sick man and I had a stroke that left me with a speech defect. I find difficulty in pronouncing the letters of the Qur’aan and sometimes the meaning changes. Therefore, I recite without pronouncing it out loud for fear of mispronunciation. Am I to be blamed for mispronunciation that results from speech defects?

Answer: You can recite the Qur’aan according to your ability, for Allaah (Exalted be He) says: So keep your duty to Allaah and fear Him as much as you can The Prophet (peace be upon him) says in the Saheeh (authentic) Hadeeth:And anyone who falters while reciting the Qur’aan, and finds it difficult for him, will have a double reward.... read more here.

Is the reward for reciting the Qur’aan based on reading without understanding?

Question 93: Is the reward for reciting the Qur’aan and Dikr (Remembrance of Allaah) based on contemplating it or just on recitation without understanding or contemplation?

Answer: Reciting the Qur’aan along with contemplating it is greater in reward, for this combines a reward for recitation and a reward for contemplation. Allaah (Exalted be He) says: …that they may ponder over its Aayaat When a Muslim recites the Qur’aan without understanding or contemplating its meaning, he will get a reward for the recitation. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said:Anyone who recites a letter from the Book of Allaah will receive a Hasanah (rewardable good deed), and the Hasanah is multiplied by ten.... read more here.

Reciting the Qur’aan without knowing its Tafseer (interpretation)

Question 92: I heard from seekers of Islaamic knowledge that anyone who recites the Qur’aan without knowing its Tafseer (explanation/exegesis) is a sinner. Your Eminence, what is your opinion concerning this, given that I do not know Tafseer?

Answer: Reciting the Qur’aan, even without understanding its meaning, is considered of the righteous deeds which are rewarded. However, when the Muslim contemplates what he recites and thinks deeply about the meanings of Allaah’s Words, his reward is greater and he is going to be more affected by it. The claim of the person referred to in the question is a clear fault from which he should repent to Allaah (Exalted be He)... read more here.