Answered by Shaykh Ahmad Hajji al-Kurdi of Aleppo
Is it permitted to give a non-Muslim a copy of the Qur’an (i.e. it has the Arabic text)? What if not giving it leads to bad feelings?
Shaykh Ahmad Hajji al-Kurdi, a top Hanafi faqih from Aleppo (Halab, Syria) residing in Kuwati, responded regarding this issue:
“All praise is to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, and the best of blessings and most perfect of peace be upon our master Muhammad the seal of prophets and messengers, and upon his family, all his companions, followers, and those on their guidance with excellence until the Day of Resurrection. To proceed:
It is not necessary for Muslim to prevent a non-Muslim from touching the Qur’an or reading from it if he does not intend to insult or deride it. It may even be a means by which he could be guided to Islam.
However, if one senses an intent of insulting from the individual, then one needs to prevent them from taking the Qur’an, with the reasonable means available without aggression. And Allah knows best.”