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Listening to the Quran while cooking and studying

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Nasihah (Advice): Respect for the Quran


Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said: “Allah elevates some people through this book (by practising,loving,reading etc the Quran)  and debases others through it.”( by not following the Quran’s advices) (Muslim)




Question and Answer:


  1. Are we allowed to listen to the Tilaawat of Quran whilst cooking in the kitchen or whilst studying?


(Question published as received)



  1. When the Quraan is being recited, it is Waajib (compulsory) to listen attentively to the recitation of the Quran. Attentive listening refers to the undivided attention given to the recitation of the Quran.


When one is busy in the kitchen (cooking, baking etc.) and the Quran is being recited through any medium, radio, cd etc., one should consider the attention given. If the activity does not interfere with the attention given to the Quran, then such listening is permissible.


On the other hand, if the Quran is being recited whilst studying, then attentive listening is not found, as in studying the mind is consumed in reading and understanding. In that case, one cannot give undivided attention to the reciting of the Quran and it will not be permissible to listen to Quran at that time.


Also keep in mind that it is disrespectful to listen to the Quran as simply a past time or as a background sound.



And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best


Mufti Ismaeel Bassa



Mufti Ebrahim Desai

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