What Is the Etiquette of Reading the Quran on Electronic Devices?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: What are the etiquettes of reading the Quran on electronic devices? When listening to the Qur’an on my laptop I ensure I do not raise my feet above the level of the laptop. 

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

The veneration (ta`dhim) that you have described is praiseworthy. Yet, the basis is that the specific rulings related to proper etiquette (adab) refer to the actual mushaf itself, and not simply recordings on devices.

Otherwise, please see the following detailed answers on the issue: Etiquettes of Reading and Handling the Quran and: Placing the Quran on the Floor: Not Permissible and: Ghazali on the Inner Manners of Quran Recital

And consider taking the following class: Living the Qur’an Ghazali’s Manners of Qur’an Recital with Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

And Allah Most High alone knows best.


[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Tabraze Azam was born and raised in Ipswich, England, a quiet town close to the east coast of England. His journey for seeking sacred knowledge began when he privately memorized the entire Qur’an in his hometown at the age of 16. He also had his first experience in leading the tarawih (nightly-Ramadan) prayers at his local mosque. Year after year he would continue this unique return to reciting the entire Quran in one blessed month both in his homeland, the UK, and also in the blessed lands of Shaam, where he now lives, studies and teaches.

Is it a condition to say the word 'say' before Quranic supplications that begin with 'Say'?

Answered by Sidi Basim Salim
Question: Salam, There are many Quranic verses that contain supplications preceded by the word ‘say’. So, does the word ‘say’ have to be stated before making a supplication from the Quran or while reciting on tasbih?
Answer: WaAlaykumSalaam WaRahmatullahi WaBarakatuhu,
I hope this message finds you in the best of states and iman.
Shaykh `Ali Hani, a master of the Qur’an, Exegesis and more, mentioned that it is not a condition to say the word ‘say’ before Quranic supplications that begin with ‘Say.’
This is regardless of whether one is doing so in one’s supplications in the prayer or outside, or whether one wishes to write it on something such as a book or a wall.
The reason for which is that it is a command from Allah telling us to say that particular supplication and so we respond accordingly. This is however different than verses that are not supplications such as ‘Say, He is One’, where one must say it.
and Allah Knows Best.

Carrying a Small Copy of the Qur’an

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Is carrying or keeping a small quran on your person permissible?


Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

The basis of dealing with the book of Allah is with reverence. Allah Most High says, “And whosoever venerates God’s waymarks, that is of the godliness of the hearts.” [Qur’an, 22:32]

Thus it is permitted to carry the Qur’an on your person, albeit in a respectful, dignified manner. As such, it would be proper to keep it raised in your shirt pocket, for example.

Moreover, if the mushaf is without a detachable cover, it would not permitted to touch it without ablution (wudu). Allah Most High says, “None but the purified shall touch” [Qur’an, 56:79]

[Shurunbulali, Maraqi al-Falah; `Ala’ al-Din `Abidin, al-Hadiyya al-`Ala’iyya]

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Related Answers:

Treating the Qur’an and the Name of Allah With Respect

Qur’an Application on an iPhone: Can I Touch My iPhone Without Ablution?

Placing the Qur’an on the Floor: Not Permissible

Etiquette of Reading and Handling the Qur’an

Sending a Qur’an in the Mail

Ramadan Reminders (7): Observing the Inward Manners of the Qur’an by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ramadan Reminder (8): Living the Qur’an by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Reciting Qur’an Without Ritual Purity (Wudu)

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