Can I Directly Read from the Quran during Tahajjud Prayers?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question

Is it possible to take the position of Imam Abu Yusuf and Imam Muhammad to read from the Quran from a physical copy in my Tahajjud prayers only as part of my goal to complete the recitation of the Qur’an in tahajjud?

Answer

I pray you are well. In the Hanafi school, the dominant position is that reading from a physical copy would invalidate the prayer. Resorting to another position without due need would not be permissible.

You could learn the basics of the Shafi’i prayer and do this if you like, as it is permissible in the Shafi’i school. [Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al Muhtar]

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began his studies in Arabic Grammar and Morphology in 2005. After graduating with a degree in English and History he moved to Damascus in 2007 where, for 18 months, he studied with many erudite scholars. In late 2008 he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continued his studies for the next six years in Sacred Law (fiqh), legal theory (Usul al-fiqh), theology, hadith methodology, hadith commentary, and Logic. He was also given licenses of mastery in the science of Quranic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Quranic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.