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What is the ruling of a prayer behind a person who reads from a mushaf (copy of the Qur’an)?

Answered by Shaykh Amjad Rasheed

What is the ruling of a prayer behind a person who reads from a mushaf (copy of the Qur’an)?

Answer:
In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Praying behind an imam who is reading the fatiha or something else from a mushaf is valid in our school. Reading from a mushaf in the prayer does no harm, whether the person has memorizing the Qur’an [they are reciting] or not, as Imam al-Nawawi stated in the Majmu`, where he said, “And this is the school of Malik and Abu Yusuf and Muhammad and Ahmad, ” meaning, in contradiction to Imam Abu Hanifa, may Allah have mercy on him.

Amjad Rasheed

[Translated by Sr. Shazia Ahmad]

 

السؤال: ما حكم الصلاة خلف من يقرأ من المصحف ؟ الجواب : الاقتداءُ بإمام يقرأ الفاتحة أو غيرها من المصحف صحيحٌ في مذهبنا ؛ إذ القراءةُ من المصحف في الصلاة لا تضرُّ سواءٌ كان القارئ يحفظ القرآن أم لا كما صرح به الإمام النووي في “المجموع” قال : وهذا مذهب مالك وأبي يوسف ومحمد وأحمد ، أي : خلافاً للإمام أبي حنيفة رحمه الله .

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