Placing an item on top of the Mus-haf
Fatwa No: 115602

Question

AA Can anything be placed on top of the holy quran? W

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

The scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them are of the view that it is desirable when placing the books to put the Mus-haf (the Arabic text of the Quran) on top of all of them; this is in regard to books on religious sciences.

However, if what one wants to place over the Mus-haf is not a book on religious sciences, then this is even more disliked, and it can reach the level of forbiddance if this is a way of disrespect to the Mus-haf, like placing shoes over it and the like.

Indeed, the scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them stated that it is forbidden to use the Mus-haf as a pillow, or to weigh with it, or to lean over it, and Allaah Says (what means): {That [is so]. And whoever honors the symbols [i.e. rites] of Allaah — indeed, it is from the piety of hearts.}[Quran 22:32].

Allaah Knows best.

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