Q: I am currently becoming hafiz at the age of almost 40 (please make dua that I reach completion). I practice what I have learnt during the day by reciting it in namaz and in nawafils. After Esha I come home from the masjid and I recite quietly in the sunnats of Esha and loudly in witr namaz and in nawafils thereafter. I do not pray loud in nawafils during the day because I have been told that you can’t recite aloud in the sunnats of (say for eg. Esha, maghrib) and that you can’t pray loud in nawafil during the day (only at night), is this true?
I find it so much easier and more helpful if I read aloud, I find that reading aloud helps me retain what I have memorised much better. For the sake of my purpose (hifz-e-quran) would it be ok for me to recite aloud in sunnats of maghrib/Esha, etc and in Ishraaq and chast namaz in the privacy of my own home (without disturbing anyone)?
A: The sunnats as well as the nawaafil of the night may be recited aloud.
( والمنفرد ) بفرض ( مخير فيما يجهر ) الإمام فيه وقد بيناه وفيما يقضيه مما سبق في الجمعة والعيدين ( كمتنفل بالليل ) فإنه مخير ويكتفي بأدنى الجهر فلا يضر ذلك لأنه صلى الله عليه و سلم جهر في التهجد بالليل وكان يؤنس اليقظان ولا يوقظ الوسنان (مراقي الفلاح مع حاشية الطحطاوي 254)
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)