Listening to the Quran through a headset in Taraaweeh prayer
Fatwa No: 124837


Assalamu Alaikkum,
Can we pray Tharaweeh prayer by hearing quran from laptop(after fatiha playing audio quran in headset). Coz I would like to complete the quran in coming ramadan.
Pls explain me with an with a base.


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, is His Slave and Messenger.


What is legislated for the one who performs prayers is to recite the Quran and not just to listen to it. Allaah The Almighty Said (what means): {so recite what is easy [for you] of the Quran}[Quran 73:20] This ruling applies to the one who is not led in a congregational prayer.

With regard to the one who is led in a congregational prayer, he should listen to the recitation of the Imaam, which is sufficient for him. Allaah The Almighty Said (what means): {So when the Quran is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy.}[Quran 7:204] Imaam Ahmad  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him reported that this verse was revealed in relation to prayer.

This is the ruling on listening to the Imaam, but listening to the recorder during prayer is impermissible and can never be a substitute for one’s recitation.

However, it is permissible for one to read from the Mus-haf during the Taraaweeh Prayer if there is a need for this as explained in Fataawa 83531 and 88188.   

Allaah Knows best.

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