Jamaal al din M. Zarabozo
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How To Approach And Understand The Qur’an: Since many Muslims desire to read the Quran as often as they can, it becomes of vital importance to know what conditions might exist for the reciting or touching of the Quran. This book explains if and when there are times or occasions in which a Muslim is not allowed to recite or touch the Quran due to being in a state of “impurity”.
The Quran must play a central role in the life of every Muslim. Muslims should turn to the Quran and read it on a daily basis, if possible. Since many Muslims desire to read the Quran as often as they can, it becomes of vital importance to know what conditions might exist for the reciting or touching of the Qur’an. That is, are there some times or occasions in which a Muslim is not allowed to recite or touch the Quran due to being in a state of “impurity”?
This question is obviously of extreme importance for Muslim sisters. They are the ones who will be most affected by the answer to this question since they have long periods of “impurity” (menstruation and post partum bleeding). If it can be shown that they are not allowed to touch the Quran during such states, they must not do so as an act of obedience to Allah. However, if such is not found to be true, then they may be prevented from the important act of reading the Quran because of a misunderstanding or wrong fiqh conclusion.
Unfortunately, although this is a very important question, many different opinions abound on this question. Each opinion, obviously, has some evidence for it. Therefore, in order to make an intelligent conclusion concerning this question, all of the different evidences must be dealt with and weighed. Only after that process may one make a conclusion on this matter. An attempt shall be made here to cover all of the major different opinions on this question as well as discuss which seems to be the weightiest.
Actually, two questions need to be answered and each shall be dealt with separately. These two questions are the following:
(1) What are the requirements of tahara (being in a state of ritual purity), if any, for reciting the Quran?
(This is in reference to simply reciting the Quran, for example, from memory, without actually touching a physical copy of the Quran.) Must one be free of both major and minor impurities or is freedom from major impurities alone sufficient?
(2) What are the requirements of tahara, if any, for touching the Quran?
Again, must one be free of both major and minor impurities or is freedom from major impurities sufficient?  (check the footnotes) Note that this article is only concerned with the “requirement” of being in a state of purity. It is not concerned with the recommendation or behavior of reading the Quran . Scholars such as Imam Malik used to always like to be in a state of purity even while teaching the hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him). In fact, that is mentioned as one of the recommended acts for teaching hadith. This is not because such is a requirement for teaching hadith. This was, however, to show respect to the subject being taught. Similarly, as was discussed in the earlier referred to article, being in a state of purity while reading the Quran will affect one’s frame of mind and outlook. It will, Allah willing, help the person benefit more from the Quran. Again, that is a separate question from what is being discussed here. Continue reading