Keeping the Qur’an behind one’s back

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Q: I have noticed in some parts of the world e.g. Pakistan, they lay great importance on not having the Quran behind ones back, to the extent that even if you are at the back of a small musjid and are reading Quran and someone in the first saff is directly in front of you, they would tell you to move and get very angry about it. On the other hand in many other countries sitting directly behind someone’s back and reading Quran is not considered wrong. What is mufti sahebs view on this matter of the Quran behind the back?


A: The finer aspects of etiquette and adab largely revolve around the usage of the place you are in. If people regard a certain practice in the area you are in as disrespectful then avoid it.

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


Answered by:

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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