Is It Permissible to Complete the Qur’an Forty Days After Someone’s Death?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Is it permissible to complete a reading of the Qur’an forty days after someone’s death?

Answer: In the name of Allah, Most Merciful.

It is permitted to gather for the recitation of the Qur’an. In fact, this is a praiseworthy sunna of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him).

However, there is no specific proof for holding a gathering to complete the Qur’an on a specific day–and deeming that such specification is religiously binding or necessary would be a reprehensible innovation.

Thus, the ulema mention that it is best to hold such gatherings, with proper observation of Islamic propriety, on other than the 40th day after someone’s death.

And Allah alone gives success.

Faraz Rabbani

Changing the Intention for a Qur’an Reading (khatm)

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: My wife’s commitment was to do a khatm for the purpose of recovery and the infant’s good health, but a termination took place, therefore: What supplication does she make after completion of the Qur’an?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are well and in the best of states, insha’Allah.

You can intend to seek Allah’s forgiveness, ask for well being (`afiya), pious offspring, a life of obedience and gratitude, and to thank Allah for His blessings upon you. Allah Most High says, “If you are thankful, I will surely increase you” [14:7] This is a divine promise.

An example of a Prophetic supplication that one can use is one of the supplications of Dawud (Allah bless him and give him peace), ‘O Allah, I ask You for Your love and love for those who love You and for actions which will bring Your love to me. O Allah, make Your love more beloved to me than myself, my family and cold water.'” [Tirmidhi]

اللهم إني أسألك حبك، وحب من يحبك، والعمل الذي يبلغني حبك، اللهم اجعل حبك أحب إلي من نفسي، وأهلي، ومن الماء البارد

Moreover, make it a point to ask for the highest of Paradise as the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said (as part of a longer narration), ‘When you ask Allah, ask Him for Firdaws which is in the middle of the Garden and the top of the Garden above the Throne of the Merciful and from it spring the rivers of the Garden.’

Supplication after Completing a Recital of the Qur’an

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, though the meaning is sound as understood from Nawawi and others.

And Allah knows best.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani

Du’a to Make After Khatm of Qur’an When Intention for Khatm Can’t Be Fulfilled

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan

Question: A friend committed to do a khatm (complete recitation) of Quran to overcome pregnancy problems.  So she recited half of the Qur’an. However, because of the problems –she mistakenly terminated the pregnancy. Since, her commitment was to do a khatm for the purpose of recovery and infant’s good health, but the termination took place after, what du’a does she make after completion of the Qur’an?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray this finds you in the best of health and states.

The best dua is to make repentance (tawba) and ask for forgiveness, and to use the general Qur’anic duas, as well as whatever emanates sincerely from the heart.

Some examples of general Qur’anic duas are found in 2:201 and 18:10.

Finally, it is good manners (adab) to restart the Qur’an (with Surah Fatiha and a few verses of Surah Baqara) after the khatm, without a break, and then make the du’a. This way, one is never ‘done’ with the Qur’an, but rather always seeking more.

It is related that our Master Junaid (Allah be pleased with him), in the last moments of his life, did a khatm of Qur’an, and then restarted and recited 70 verses of Surah Baqara before leaving this world. [Risala Qushayriyya]

And Allah knows best.

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani