[Video]: Reading From The Mushaf (Qurʾān) While In The State Of Prayer | Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn Ṣāliḥ Al-ʿUthaymīn
Ruling on Reading From The Mushaf (Qurʾān) While In The State Of Prayer | Shaykh Muḥammad Ibn Ṣāliḥ Al-ʿUthaymīn
The Questioner: O noble Shaykh, what is the ruling regarding looking at the Muṣḥaf (the Qurʾān) while offering both obligatory and voluntary prayer? And what is the ruling regarding the reading of some supplications like ṣalāh al-istikhārah while in the state of voluntary prayer?
Shaykh Muḥammad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn: “Yes. Reading from the Muṣḥaf (the Qurʾān) in the obligatory prayer and voluntary prayer; if it is possible to read without this then this is better. This is because reading from the Muṣḥaf (the Qurʾān) requires one’s attention and it requires holding the Muṣḥaf (the Qurʾān) and setting it down and it also requires page turning; all of these thing involve movements. So if it is a must that an individual reads from it, then there is no harm in this regardless of if it occurs in an obligatory prayer or in a voluntary prayer.
And it is for this reason, meaning reading with it in an obligatory prayer, that some people during the Fajr Prayer on the day of Jumuʿah, if they haven’t memorized alif, lām, mīm, tanzīl… [Sūrah] al-Sajdah, or hal atá ʿalá al-Insān [Sūrah al-Insān], some people abandon this Sunnah, because they haven’t memorized them. So we say all praise is due to Allāh, the issue is flexible.
So if you haven’t memorized it by heart, then read it from the Muṣḥaf (the Qurʾān) and there is no harm in this. And the Mother of the Believers ʿĀʾishah –may Allāh be pleased with her- used to read from the Muṣḥaf (the Qurʾān) when she would offer the night prayer.
So there is no harm. However, in the case where isn’t a need to read from the Muṣḥaf (the Qurʾān) then an individual shouldn’t read from the Muṣḥaf (the Qurʾān).
And I’d like to take this opportunity to point out something that the people used to do then they eventually started to do it less frequently and all praise is due to Allāh; and it is the practice of some of the people praying in congregation who during Tarāwīḥ during Ramaḍān or the night prayer, some of the believers take a Muṣḥaf in order to follow the Imām and this is wrong since this leads to unnecessary movements.
And it prevents the praying person from placing his hands on his chest. And perhaps he will be become lackadaisical while looking at the Muṣḥaf and will not listen to the recitation of the Imām. Yes, if the Imām has not memorized well and said to someone in the congregation, so & so get behind me and pray behind me and if I make a mistake then please correct me. As for this, then there is no harm in it because there is benefit in it; but as for doing this only to follow along then no.
Translated By: Abul-Layth Qāsim Mutiva