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Learning Islam from the internet and tearing pages from the Quran.

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. Firstly i am from English Medium background so the scholars of bangladesh can not provide me sufficient amount of answer with reason and logic for some reason or the other. I always read your websites and also some other websites daruliftaa etc. 

May be i will be disburbing you with questions very week or so. 🙂 

As par your rules are concerned i can ask only 2 questions. These are below:-

1) Here some people say that it is not allowed to learn Islam from internet as it is not the sunnah. But i get my reasonable and logical answer from internet only because in our country we have very few alim who are exactly knowledgable. Is it true that we cant ask in internet???

2) I want to tear papers from the Quran so that i keep the papers in my pocket to learn pages daily. So is it permissible to tear pages from Quran?


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

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

1)     Muhamad Ibn Seereen advises:

إِنَّ هَذَا الْعِلْمَ دِينٌ، فَانْظُرُوا عَمَّنْ تَأْخُذُونَ دِينَكُمْ

Indeed, this knowledge is deen, so be wary of who you acquire your deen from.[1]

Before we answer your query, we advise you to contemplate upon this quote from the illustrious scholar, Muhammad Ibn Seereen. It displays how important knowledge is and the lofty status of knowledge in Islam. It also illustrates the need of acquiring knowledge from a reliable source. If one acquires incorrect knowledge, it as if his deen itself is incorrect.

Seeking knowledge from the internet poses many dangers. For example, there are numerous websites on the internet which contain incorrect information about Islam because of which, many people have been misguided. Unfortunately, there are also some websites which have been made by the enemies of Islam that purposely display incorrect information about Islam to misguide Muslims. Knowledge is very sacred and precious. Extreme caution must be practiced when acquiring it.

When one acquires knowledge from a person directly, one will be saved from deception and being misled as one knows who the person is and how credible and reliable he is.

Another benefit of learning knowledge from a person directly is the aspect of spirituality. When one sits in the company of the pious, he does not just benefit from them in terms of knowledge but also benefits spiritually from his conduct and connection with Allah Ta’aalaa. This is why we strongly advice you to find a reliable scholar and take maximum benefit from him

2)      Tearing pages from the Quran is extremely disrespectful. Instead of tearing pages from the Quran, you may consider buying a pocked sized Quran and carrying that around. You may also write down the verses you wish to memorise. If you have a smartphone, you should consider taking photos of the pages you wish to learn. You can also download Quran apps on smartphones which are specifically designed to help people memorise.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Muhammad Haris Siddiqui

Student Darul Iftaa
Melbourne, Australia 

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1]  حَدَّثَنَا حَسَنُ بْنُ الرَّبِيعِ، حَدَّثَنَا حَمَّادُ بْنُ زَيْدٍ، عَنْ أَيُّوبَ، وَهِشَامٍ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدٍ، وَحَدَّثَنَا فُضَيْلٌ، عَنْ هِشَامٍ قَالَ: وَحَدَّثَنَا مَخْلَدُ بْنُ حُسَيْنٍ، عَنْ هِشَامٍ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سِيرِينَ، قَالَ: «إِنَّ هَذَا الْعِلْمَ دِينٌ، فَانْظُرُوا عَمَّنْ تَأْخُذُونَ دِينَكُمْ» (مسلم)

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