Sitting on chair while Quran reciter is sitting on floor
Fatwa No: 192261

Question

Assalamu Alaikum respected Scholars, this is defintely paining me please clarify it. Paying respect to the Qur'an. Is this the way to pay to respect Qur'an that you should not sit on a chair or a bed if somebody is sitting and reciting Qur'an on the floor. I have 1 hall and 1 kitchen, now my childrens if they sit and recite Qur'an on the floor then their Grandfather get disturbed and he does not sit on the bed he claims Qur'an is getting disrespected. On the other hand once i went to Masjid in mumbai, due to ill health leg pains i sit on a chair and offer my prayers anyway be it a home or masjid. As usual i sat on a chair waiting for Magrib Adhan, there was one more believer sitting on the floor carpet and reciting Qur'an i saw him but i did not mind sitting on the chair being excused for leg pain. But there was another man who got annoyed and started murmering that you are disrespecting the Qur'an. Respected Scholars, what i understand is that we can pay respect to Qur'an or elevate its height by regularly reading it, understanding it and following the words of Allah s.w.t. Please give your comments eagerly waiting for your reply

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, is His Slave and Messenger.

There is no doubt that respecting and venerating the Quran is an obligation and is considered part of glorifying Allaah The Exalted Himself, since the Quran is the Speech of Allaah. Imaam An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in Al-Majmoo’: “The Ummah (the Muslim nation) has unanimously agreed upon the obligation of glorifying the Quran in an absolute sense by exalting it and preserving it.

Shaykh Al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in Majmoo' Al-Fataawa: “Respecting the Quran is obligatory wherever it is written, just as writing it is forbidden wherever it might be debased by the urine of animals or like someone sitting on it (etc.) according to Ijmaa’ [complete agreement of Muslims].

Nevertheless, there is nothing wrong with sitting on a chair while someone else is seated on the floor reading the Quran. This is neither a form of debasement of the Quran nor a form of disrespect. ‘Aa’ishah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  him said: “The Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, would recite the Quran while his head was in my lap and I was menstruating.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Ahmad  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him related in his Musnad the Hadeeth of Maymoonah  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her that the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, would enter upon her while she was sitting during her menses, so he would recline on her lap and recite the Quran.

This is evidence, as his recitation of the Quran while his head was in her lap is not considered debasing the Quran, so the same applies to her sitting up as he would recite while reclined. There is no debasement of the Quran in that.

On the other hand, what the questioner mentioned about the way in which one respects the Quran by acting in accordance with it and by reciting it, this is true. However, respecting the Quran and venerating it are not restricted to this alone, rather one must also avoid all forms of degradation to it, like reciting it in places where such recitation is forbidden, like the toilet and so forth.

Allaah Knows best.

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