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Can You Listen to a Surah a Number of Times Instead of Reciting?

Answered by: Maulana Syed Johir Miah

Question:

Can you listen to a Surah a number of times instead of reciting, like Surah Yasin?

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Answer:

A person can recite the Quran or listen to it.

If one is memorizing the Quran, then they can read to help in memorisation. However, if they want to listen and not recite, then that is also permissible.

Allah (عز و جل) says;

وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُواْ لَهُ وَأَنصِتُواْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ ﴿٢٠٤﴾

When the Quran is recited, listen to it and be silent, so that you may be blessed. (Surah Araf, Verse 204)

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) instructs us in this verse to ‘listen to it and be silent when listening to the Quran. Hence, a listener has to be attentive while listening to the recitation of the Quran.

Also, it is permitted for a person of profession such as a weaver and a shoemaker to recite the Quran if their profession does not divert their heart from it, or else, it is not permitted. 1

Hence, in the aforementioned case, you can listen to a Surah a number of times instead of reciting it.

Only Allah knows best.

Written by Maulana Syed Johir Miah

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

1 يجوز للمحترف كالحائك والإسكاف قراءة القرآن إذا لم يشغل عمله قلبه عنها وإلا فلا

Fatawaa Alamghiri, 317/5, Darul Fikr, Beirut. Second edition, 1310 Hijri

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