Do u need to make wudu b4 reading the quran?

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Yes you should, if you want to touch the Mushaf... like in physical book form.

Otherwise, if it is like on the computer, it is preferrable to do it, but it's not required.

umm... evidences someone to back my claim?



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Assalam Allaikum

I checked on, but I didn't find anything that related to this question. So I went on and found this:

Is it permitted to read the translation of the quran without wudu where the arabic and translation is side by side?


If a person reads such a translation wherein the actual Qur'aan is more than
the translation, then it is not permissible hold the Qur'aan without Wudhu.

On the contrary, if the Tafseer or the translation is more than the actual
Qur'aan, then it will be permissible to hold the Qur'aan without Wudhu. In
any event, the translation or Tafseer being more than the actual Qur'aan or
not, to touch the actual words of the Qur'aan will not be correct. (Tahtaawi
vol.1 pg.47; Qadeemi)

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Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn Baaz was asked a similar question, and he said:

It is not permissible for a Muslim to touch the Qur’aan when he does not have wudoo, according to the majority of scholars. This is the view of the four imaams (may Allaah be pleased with them), and this was the view expressed in the fatwas of the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

A saheeh hadeeth concerning that has been narrated from ‘Amr ibn Hazm (may Allaah be pleased with him), stating that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) wrote to the people of Yemen:

“No one should touch the Qur’aan except one who is taahir (pure).”

This is a jayyid hadeeth which has a number of other isnaads which strengthen it.

Hence it is known that it not permissible to touch the Qur’aan except in a state of purity from both major and minor impurity. The same applies to moving it from place to place, if the person who is moving it is not taahir. But if he touches it or moves it with something in between, such as picking it up in a wrapper, then it is OK. But if he touches it directly when he is not taahir, this is not permitted according to the saheeh view of the majority of scholars, for the reasons stated above. With regard to reciting it, it is OK for him to recite it from memory when he is without wudoo’, or for him to read it if the Qur’aan is held by someone who asks him to correct or prompt him.

But the person who is junub, i.e., in a state of major impurity, should not recite Qur’aan, because it was narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) that nothing ever kept him from reciting Qur’aan except for janaabah (major impurity).

Ahmad narrated with a saheeh isnaad from ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came out from the toilet and recited something from the Qur’aan. He said,

“This is for the one who is not junub; but the one who is junub should not do this, not even one aayah.”

The point is that the one who is junub should not recite Qur’aan either from the Mus-haf or from memory, until he has taken a bath (ghusl). But the one who has broken his wudoo’ and is impure in the sense of minor impurity may recite Qur’aan from memory but she should not touch the Mus-haf.

Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him), 10/150

With regard to the hadeeth about the purity of the believer, it was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: “I was met by the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and I was junub. He took my hand and I walked with him until he sat down. Then I slipped away and washed myself (ghusl), then I came to where he was sitting. He said,

‘Where were you, O Abu [Hurayrah]?’ I told him, and he said, ‘Subhaan-Allaah, O Abu [Hurayrah]!, the believer does not become impure.”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Ghusl, 276; Muslim, al-Hayd, 556).

Al-Nawawi said in his Commentary on Saheeh Muslim: this hadeeth illustrates a great principle that the Muslim is taahir whether he is alive or dead. If his purity is established, then his sweat, saliva and tears are all pure too, whether he (or she) is without wudoo’, in a state of major impurity (junub), menstruating or bleeding after childbirth.

Once this is understood, then the meaning of his being pure (tahhir) will become clear. It means that there is nothing to prevent his body from being essentially pure even when at the same time he has broken his wudoo’, because being without wudoo’ is simply something that prevents one from praying, or doing other things for which tahaarah (purity) is a pre-condition.

And Allaah knows best.

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Do u need to wudu b4 reading the Quran



I am also puzzled about this; but I ask myself, is it the paper, is it the ink, is it the cover or is it writing scared. Which is which? The wahyu (Allah's words) is definitely sacred. Now after asking those questions; can we hold the Quran or reading the Quran without wudoo (ablution). What I know ablution is a must for every prayers. What about during the Prophet days, how or where did they write and after writing and reading them; do they have to wudoo (ablution)?. I know one company they print the Quran and export to other countries. Do they or their staff need to wudoo first before printing and after printing and during packing?

I hope someone can come to enlighten me on this issue.
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