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Pause signs in the Qur’an

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Q: Why does the Usmaani script of the Quran not have the same signs of pause as in the Indopaak script? For example in many verses of the Quran, I see one verse in the indopaak script has a compulsory stop sign but that same Verse in the uthmani script doesn’t have it. Like in Ayat number 13 of Surah Yaseen. The meem which is used to indicate a compulsory stop is Present in Ayat number 13 of Surah Yaseen in the indopaak script but it isn’t present in the uthmani script. Why is this?


A: These signs were inserted later on for the convenience of the reciter. Hence, some mushafs have them where people require these types of symbols to make their recitation easier and some people don’t require the symbols as they recite without the symbols.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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