Reading the Quran in Unison

Joe Bradford

| 05/22/2012

Fatawa Nur ala al-Darb (Ibn Uthaimin) Vol.5, P.2

A questioner asks: What is the ruling on reading the Quran as a group in unison, and what position is the reciter really in, in this situation?

He answered (may Allah have mercy on him): Reciting the Quran in unison by a group is permissible if it does not entail any illicit actions. Such illicit actions are things like:

  • Disturbing those around them, which would be prohibited because the Messenger came out to his people when they were praying and reading out loud and said “Each one of you is calling out to his Lord, so do not read over one another with the Quran.”
  • Also, if reading in unison is done to keep a musical tempo, like what some people of Tariqas do. This is forbidden as well.
  • Also, if by doing this one becomes unable to read the Quran by himself, then this is illicit as well and should be avoided.

If the reading [asked about] is devoid of any of these illicit issues then there is no harm in it. If a person were to read by himself and was able to ponder and contemplate the Quran better, then this is better for him than a group reading.

And Allah knows best.

====== Arabic Text Below ======

فتاوى نور على الدرب ( العثيمين ) ، الجزء : 5 ، الصفحة : 2  ت

يقول السائل ماحكم قراءة القرآن جماعة بصوت واحد وما مدى حقيقة وضع القارئ في هذه الحالة؟

فأجاب رحمه الله تعالى: قراءة القرآن بصوت واحد من جماعة هذا جائز إذا لم يتضمن محظوراً فمن المحظور أن يحصل به تشويش على من حولهم فيمنع عن ذلك، لأن الرسول صلى الله عليه وسلم خرج على أصحابه وهم يصلون ويجهرون بالقراءة فقال صلى الله عليه وسلم (كلكم يناجي ربه فلا يجهر بعضكم على بعض في القرآن).
ومنها أيضاً أي من المحاذير أن يتخذ هذا على سبيل الطرب وهز الظهور، وما أشبه ذلك مما يفعله بعض الناس أصحاب الطرق فهذا أيضاً يمنع منه،ومنها أيضاً أن يحصل به إعراض عن تلاوة الإنسان لنفسه يعني الذين يألفون هذه الطريقة حتى لا يستطيع المرء منهم أن يقرأ القرآن لنفسه فإن هذا محظور يجب تجنبه، فإذا سلم من هذه المحاذير فلا بأس به، وإذا كان الرجل إذا قرأ وحده صار أقرب إلى استحضاره وإلى تدبره كان ذلك أولى من القراءة للجمع.

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