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My query is related to Taraveeh prayer during month of Ramazan, pls clarify if it allowed to arrange for a hafiz who will come to our society and help us to pray taraveeh namaz, if the masjid is not around, in return we pay some money to the hafi-e-quran. 

Answer

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullahi wa-barakatuh.

It is an act of good virtue to arrange for a Hafiz to come to ones locality in order to lead the Taraaweeh Salaah. This is an expression of ones love and respect for the month of Ramadaan and the Quraan.

The host may arrange for travel expenses and living expenses for the Hafiz.[1] However, it is not permissible to remunerate the Hafiz of the Quraan in order to lead the Taraaweeh Salaah.[2]

And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

Ismaeel Bassa

Student Darul Iftaa

Durban South Africa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

www.daruliftaa.net

 


[1] 1} عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: مَنْ كَانَ يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَاليَوْمِ الآخِرِ فَلاَ يُؤْذِ جَارَهُ، وَمَنْ كَانَ يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَاليَوْمِ الآخِرِ فَلْيُكْرِمْ ضَيْفَهُ، وَمَنْ كَانَ يُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَاليَوْمِ الآخِرِ فَلْيَقُلْ خَيْرًا أَوْ لِيَصْمُتْ {صحيح البخاري، ج 8، ص 11، دار طوق النجاة }

(قَوْلُهُ وَلَا لِأَجْلِ الطَّاعَاتِ) الْأَصْلُ أَنَّ كُلَّ طَاعَةٍ يَخْتَصُّ بِهَا الْمُسْلِمُ لَا يَجُوزُ الِاسْتِئْجَارُ عَلَيْهَا عِنْدَنَا لِقَوْلِهِ – عَلَيْهِ الصَّلَاةُ وَالسَّلَامُ – «اقْرَءُوا الْقُرْآنَ وَلَا تَأْكُلُوا بِهِ» وَفِي آخِرِ مَا عَهِدَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ – صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ – إلَى عَمْرِو بْنِ الْعَاصِ «وَإِنْ اُتُّخِذْتَ مُؤَذِّنًا فَلَا تَأْخُذْ عَلَى الْأَذَانِ أَجْرًا» وَلِأَنَّ الْقُرْبَةَ مَتَى حَصَلَتْ وَقَعَتْ عَلَى الْعَامِلِ وَلِهَذَا تَتَعَيَّنُ أَهْلِيَّتُهُ، فَلَا يَجُوزُ لَهُ أَخْذُ الْأُجْرَةِ مِنْ غَيْرِهِ كَمَا فِي الصَّوْمِ وَالصَّلَاةِ هِدَايَةٌ { رد المحتار على الدر المختار، ج 6، ص 55، دار الفكر-بيروت } .

 

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