Reciting Qur’an on the phone

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Q: I have a Qur’an application on my phone. At times my wudu just won’t last. Wind problem. So I end up reading with no wudhu. I turn the pages on the screen with my finger (my finger is wrapped in a piece of cloth). Is this permissible.


A: It is permissible to recite the Qur’an on the phone, however you should refrain from placing your finger on that part of the screen where the Qur’anic verses appear.

NOTE: Though the above may be permissible, however we strongly discourage the downloading of the Qur’an on the mobile phone and reciting from it. Through reciting the Qur’an in this manner, the honour and sanctity of the Qur’an will no longer be maintained. Especially in these times where pictures of animate objects are taken and stored on the mobile phone and many sins perpetrated through it. Hence, in order to uphold the rights of the Qur’an and show it the respect and honour it deserves, we strongly encourage that one recite the Qur’an in the original way through looking into the Qur’an and reciting it in the state of wudhu.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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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