Q. I want to know whether I can hear the Qur’an or hear talks from islamic scholars while working on some software code or while playing games?
A. It is obviously disrespectful to hear the Qur’an being recited and not listen to it attentively. Hence, one should avoid playing a Qur’an audio while one is engaged in other activities.
Similarly one must also give due attention when listening to an Islamic lecture, though this does not have the same status as listening to the Holy Quran and as such one may listen to a talk whilst engaged in other activities. However, this is not preferable as it could lead to incorrect understandings and misquotations etc.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best.
Shafiq Jakhura (Mufti)