ETIQUETTES OF HANDLING THE QURAN

 Allah – beginning with the name of – the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

All Praise to Allah (the Lord of the Creation) – and countless blessings upon our master the Holy Prophet Mohammed, and upon his progeny and followers.
 

Allah the Supreme states in the Holy Qur'an (Surah Hajj Verse 30 & 32)

So it is; and whoever reveres the sacred things of Allah – that is then a goodness for him in the sight of his Lord; the inarticulate animals are lawful to you except those the forbidding of which is recited to you, therefore shun the filth of idols, and avoid false speech.

So it is; and whoever reveres the symbols of Allah – this is then part of the piety of the hearts.

The above verses of the Holy Qur’an, were revealed during the course of Hajj undertaken by the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). The symbols (or signs) of Allah are several – such as the Holy Prophet, the Holy Ka'ba, the Two Sacred Mosques, the Station of Ibrahim, the hillocks of Safa and Marwa, the miracles of the Holy Prophets, the alternation of Night and Day etc., and undoubtedly the Holy Qur’an itself. In fact each and every Ayah (verse) of the Holy Qur’an is in itself one sign of Allah. Those who denied the Ayahs of the Holy Qur’an have been reprimanded in the Qur’an itself – that they deny the signs of Allah!

On several occasions in the Qur’an and Hadith it has been strictly prohibited to defile those things which Allah has deemed sacred. And the Sign of Allah which we Muslims perhaps deal with the most is the Holy Qur’an. It is therefore imperative to know the proper manners of handling the Holy Qur’an – SOME OF WHICH are mentioned below:-

  1. It is the inviolability of the Qur'an: not to touch the book or text of Qur'an 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 Qur'anic tafsir, provided that most of their text is not Qur'an.
  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 Qur'an, even if it the Book is in a cover. Allah the Supreme states “None may touch it, except with ablution.” [Waqiah -79]
  4. When one finishes reading the Qur'an, not to leave it open.
  5. Not to place other books upon the Qur'an, which should always be higher than all other books, whether they are books of Sacred Knowledge or something else.
  6. To place the Qur'an 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 Qur'an, to do so in a clear, elegant hand.
  9. Not to write it on the ground or on walls, as is done in some new mosques.
  10. When passing it to someone, pass it with respect. Not to toss or throw it towards someone.
  11. Not to enter the lavatory carrying the Holy Qur’an. This is a great sin – and if done so on purpose, it is Kufr (blasphemy).
The above amply illustrates the importance of handling the Holy Qur’an with the deepest respect.

We hear some people saying, “Respect should be in the heart”. True. But does this mean that there is no need to handle the Book with respect? Definitely incorrect to deem so. Actions reflect your inner feelings. How can one claim to have respect in the heart if actions are to the contrary?!

There are some who also say “the Qur’an needs to be read or adhered to in practice”. True. But does this mean that there is no need to handle the Book with respect? Definitely incorrect to deem so. Only an ignoramus would claim to be following the Qur’an while going against the Holy Quran’s injunction of having deep respect for it.

A man named Bishr was coming home drunk one rainy night and who saw a piece of paper with some text on it lying in the mud. Upon closer examination he saw that the text contained the word ALLAH. He picked up the paper, cleaned it, and placed it in a high place in his house. Later on he had a dream in which he heard, "Because you raised Our Name high, We shall raise up your name in this world and the next." Bishr later became a great saint who is known even to many non-Muslims.

May Allah grant us the humility and reverence that is required in all the aspects of our beautiful religion. - Aameen
 
Mohammed Aqib Farid
 
 

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