Playing Qur'aan In The Audio Chat Room In Which There Is
Islamic Rulings -
Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
What is the ruling on playing Qur'aan in audio chat
rooms in which there is music and cameras?.
Praise be to Allaah.
This action is not something that is prescribed in
sharee'ah, and it may cause people to be put off
Qur'aan and not respect it, and they may want to stop
the recitation, in addition to the fact that they will
be busy with other things and will not pay attention
to it. That may also be accompanied by other evil
The one who wants to offer advice should enter the
chat room and explain the shar'i ruling on music and
images; it is not sufficient to recite Qur'aan or play
Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in al-Tibyaan
fi Adaab Hamalat al-Qur'aan (p. 92): What should be
paid attention to and is showing respect to the
Qur'aan and avoiding matters that some negligent
reciters do not pay attention to.
For example: not laughing, engaging in idle talk and
speaking during the recitation, apart from essential
talk, in obedience to the words of Allaah, may He be
exalted (interpretation of the meaning): "So, when the
Qur'aan is recited, listen to it, and be silent that
you may receive mercy" [al-A'raaf 7:204].
That also includes not fidgeting with one's hands and
so on, for one is conversing with one's Lord, may He
be glorified and exalted, so one should not fidget
That also includes not looking at things that may
distract one and not letting one's mind wander.
Even worse than all of that is looking at that at
which it is not permissible to look, such as beardless
youths and so on. If those who are attending a
gathering of Qur'aan recitation see any of these evils
or any others, they should denounce it as much as
possible, taking action to stop it if they can or
speaking out against it if they cannot take action,
otherwise let them denounce it in their hearts. And
Allaah knows best. End quote.
Al-Bahooti (may Allaah have mercy on him) narrated in
Kashshaaf al-Qinaa' (1/433) that Ibn ‘Aqeel (may
Allaah have mercy on him) stated that it is haraam to
read Qur'aan in the marketplaces where people shout to
sell their wares, and he quoted him as saying: Hanbal
said: Many words and actions are done as acts of
obedience by the common folk, but they are regarded as
sins by the scholars, such as reading Qur'aan in the
marketplaces where people shout to sell their wares,
and the people of the marketplace are not able to hear
it, and that is a kind of disrespect. End quote.
The following question was addressed to the Standing
Committee for Issuing Fatwas:
The specialist hospital has an excellent internal
communication system which allows a person to put a
caller on hold, and answer another call for a short or
long period, then go back to the first caller. During
this period when he is on hold, the caller can listen
to some appropriate recorded material. We wanted to
fill this period with some religious material, such as
portions of Qur'aan or hadeeth. But because this
religious material may be interrupted with talk about
worldly matters which may include serious talk and
joking, depending on the status and circumstances of
the speakers, we thought that we should consult you
first, before we introduce this religious material.
Firstly: It is not permissible to put the caller on
hold, because that causes annoyance, unless there is a
reason for that, such as if the caller is behaving
badly and it cannot be stopped except by cutting him
off, or if some emergency arises.
Secondly: The Holy Qur'aan is the Word of Allaah,
which must be respected and guarded against anything
inappropriate such as mixing it with jokes before or
after the recitation, or using it as entertainment or
something to fill empty time, as you have mentioned.
Rather one should intend to listen to it properly with
the aim of worshipping Allaah and drawing closer to
Him, whilst pondering its meanings and learning
lessons from it, not just for entertainment and to
fill time. The same applies to the hadeeth of the
Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him):
it is not permissible to mix them with jokes and
chitchat, rather we should pay attention to it and
guard it against anything that is inappropriate. The
aim should be to learn the rulings of sharee'ah from
it and act upon it. End quote.
‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz, ‘Abd al-Razzaaq
‘Afeefi, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan, ‘Abd-Allaah ibn
End quote from Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa'imah (4/84)
Undoubtedly what is going on in the chat rooms is far
more serious than what is mentioned in the question
put to the Committee. Hence we say: You must protect
the Qur'aan from such situations, for the Qur'aan is
too great to be recited alongside music; in that case
it may happen that it is being recited to people who
are careless and heedless, let alone those who are
engaged in haraam things.
We do not advise anyone to enter these websites and
programs, apart from daa'iyahs who are equipped with
sufficient knowledge and insight to ward off specious
arguments and who have strong faith which will help
them to resist whims and desires.
People should keep themselves busy with that which
will benefit them, and make use of good and decent web
sites, for hearts are weak and specious arguments may
have a great impact. A person may go in with the
intention of offering advice, but will soon become one
of those who become confused. We ask Allaah to keep us
safe and sound.
May Allaah help us to do that which He loves and which
And Allaah knows best