A Person in Janaabah Reciting the Quran by His Heart
Fatwa No: 386554

  • Fatwa Date:15-11-2018 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 7, 1440
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Question

Is it allowed to recite the Quran in a state of major impurity (Janaabah ) without touching the Quran i.e . reading it from a moblie phone or from memory?

Answer

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

According to the view of most scholars, a person in a state of major impurity (Janaabah) is forbidden from reciting the Quran, whether he is reciting from his memory or by looking at the Mushaf.

An-Nawawi  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in al-Majmoo’:

"Our view is that it is forbidden for the person in a state of major impurity or a menstruating woman to recite the Quran, whether it is little or much, even if it is only few verses. This is the view of most scholars." [End of quote]

However, it is permissible for a person in a state of major impurity to look at the Quran and recite it by his heart without touching the Mushaf (the Arabic copy of the Quran) or reciting it by the tongue.

The Fiqh Encyclopedia reads:

"As for a person in a state of major impurity and a menstruating woman, they are forbidden from reciting the Quran, but they are permitted to look at the Mushaf and recite it by the heart only." [End of quote]

For more benefit, please refer to Fataawa 81639, 30890, 33806, 91157, 136496 and 379024.

Allah knows best.

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