The Secret to Memorising the Qur'an

Permitted Reasons to Start a Quran Khatm and Its Completion by Multiple Individuals

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam


Is it ok to start a Quran khatm with the intention of benefitting someone who is ill, facing a major problem, or for some other purpose? Also, does it count as a Quran khatm if different people read different portions?


I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

Yes, this is permitted, and the method you have mentioned is fine.

A person may designate the reward of any voluntary good deed to another person, whether the recipient is alive or deceased. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar]

Please see this excellent article by Shaykh Faraz Khan: Donating Reward to the Dead: A Detailed Answer
Supplication after Completing a Recital of the Quran.

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) is reported to have said, “Whosoever prays an obligatory prayer, has an accepted supplication. And whosoever completes a reading of the Quran, has an accepted supplication.” [Tabarani, al-Mu‘jam al-Kabir] Its chain of transmission is weak. However, the meaning is sound as established by numerous other narrations, the practice of the early Muslims, and as understood from the words of some of the greatest scholars of the ummah, including Imam Nawawi.

Darimi authentically relates that Mujahid, an Imam in the Quranic sciences amongst the Followers (tabi‘in) of the Companions, once sent for someone. When they arrived, he told them, “I only called you because we wanted to complete a reading of the Quran, and it has reached us that the supplication is accepted after a completed reading of the Quran.”

Then he said, “So supplicate, all of you, with [many] supplications.” [Darimi]

Moreover, Nawawi relates in his Adhkar that it is authentically established that the early Muslims would gather at the completion of the recital of the Quran saying, ‘mercy is descending.’

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And Allah alone gives success.


[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorized the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan, and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.