ETIQUETTE’S OF TOUCHING/READING THE QURAN

by | Apr 18, 2013

Indeed, it is a noble Quran. In a Register well-protected; None touch it except the purified. [Surah Al-Waqi’ah : 77-79]

Our Creator Allah SWT saying about the Quran that “this is indeed a Quran, most honorable”.  This verse makes it clear that Quran is very honorable book and should be respected. Among many of us, Muslims respect Quran so much that we keep it on high place, in a protective cloth and don’t do our back towards Quran.

But it’s not just enough. Now coming towards the questions that is it necessary to do Wudu/ablution before touching or reading the Quran? What are the rulings while touching Quran? What are the rules when reading Quran without ablution? What are the ways of handling Quran and many more questions like these.

Can We Touch Quran Without Wudu/ablution?

It’s preferable and better to be in Wudu/ablution before touching the Quran.

Another question with in a same context

Can We Read Quran Without Wudu/ablution?

Whenever you wish to read the Quran or to glorify Allah SWT, you are strongly recommended to have ablution. Indeed a Muslims is recommended to have ablution at all times. However, if you are in a place where it is inconvenient to have ablution, but have time to read the Quran, you may go ahead and read it.

ETIQUETTE’S OF HANDLING Quran

  1. It is the inviolability of the Quran: not to touch the book or text of Quran except in the state of ritual purity in ablution (wuzu) Allah the Supreme states “None may touch it, except with ablution.” [Surah Waqiah -79] It is however permissible to touch books of Sacred Law (Shari’ah), Hadith, or Quranic tafsir, provided that most of their text is not Quran.
  2. Not to recite it when in need of obligatory bath.
  3. It is unlawful (haraam) for someone requiring a compulsory bath (ghusl) to touch the Quran, even if it the Book is in a cover. Allah SWT states “None may touch it, except with ablution.” [Waqiah -79]
  4. When one finishes reading the Quran, not to leave it open.
  5. Not to place other books upon the Quran, which should always be higher than all other books, whether they are books of Sacred Knowledge or something else.
  6. To place the Quran on one’s lap when reading; or on something in front of one, but NOT on the floor.
  7. Not to wipe it from a slate with spittle, but rather wash it off with water; and if one washes it off with water, to avoid putting the water where there are unclean substances or where people walk.
  8. When writing the Quran, to do so in a clear, elegant hand.
  9. Not to write it on the ground or on walls.
  10. When passing it to someone, pass it with respect. Not to toss or throw it towards someone.

We should respect the Quran but what is more important is following the message of Quran. The Quran with translation, then understand it and then follow it. Reading or touching Quran without ablution that doesn’t mean to encourage people to recite the Quran without ablution. That conclusion would reflect bad taste on the part of the reader. It is infinitely better to have ablution before reading or touching Quran and handling Quran with love and care carrying it protectively.

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