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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.