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Listening to Qur’an While Solving Math Problems

Ustadh Farid Dingle is asked about listening to the Qur’an while doing something else.

I pray this note finds you in the best of spirits insha Allah

Alhamdulillah, I love Islam and try my best to practice it in the best way possible.

In my eagerness to do more at the same time, I sometimes listen to Qur’an while solving math problems. Is that permissible or it is against the adab of Qur’an?

Please advise.

Jazak Allah khayr

It is permissible, but the proper way to listen to the Qur’an is to give it your full attention and ponder on its meanings.

Allah Most High says, “So when the Qur’an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy.” (Sura al-A‘raf 7: 204)

One of the scholars that I that asked about this was actually a mathematician and felt it farfetched that someone could ‘pay attention’ while working on something that is very mentally taxing.

Another quoted the verse of the Quran, “Never has God endowed any man with two hearts in one body.” (Sura al-Ahzab 33:4) That is to sat that one cannot focus on two things at the same time.

So, it is not the best way to listen to the Qur’an, but it is not forbidden and certainly better than listening to something inappropriate.

I pray this helps.

Farid

Checked and approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

As a Woman Should I Stop Listening to a Reciter If I Derive Pleasure in It?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah

Question: Assalamu alaykum

As a woman should I stop listening to a reciter of the Quran if I derive pleasure in his voice?

Answer: Wa’alaykum assalam, thank you for your question.

A man’s awrah does not include his voice, and therefore it is permissible for a woman to listen to a man recite Qur’an, even if she finds enjoyment in listening to his voice.

When listening to recitation of Quran, it is generally recommended to listen to someone with a pleasing voice, so long as it does not distract from the actual purpose of listening to the Qur’an and reflecting on the words of Allah Most High. As such, it is normal to enjoy and derive pleasure in listening to it.

However, if you mean by ‘deriving pleasure’ that the listener becomes infatuated with the reciter or has other such feelings, then one should stop listening to that particular reciter.

And Allah knows best.

Warmest salams,
[Shaykh] Jamir Meah

Shaykh Jamir Meah grew up in Hampstead, London. In 2007, he traveled to Tarim, Yemen, where he spent nine years studying the Islamic sciences on a one-to-one basis under the foremost scholars of the Ribaat, Tarim, with a main specialization and focus on Shafi’i fiqh. In early 2016, he moved to Amman, Jordan, where he continues advanced studies in a range of Islamic sciences, as well as teaching. Jamir is a qualified homeopath.

How Can I Achieve the Benefit of Reading the Qur’an When I Can’t Read Arabic?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalamu alaykum

I would like to read Surat Al Baqara for a specific reason but I cannot read Arabic. What are my options? Do I listen to a reading of it? Can I read a translation of it? Should I try the transliteration?

Answer: Walaikum assalam,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah.

The scholars deduce from various verses of the Qur’an that listening to the Qur’an is as rewarding as reciting it oneself. [Itr, Ulum al-Qur’an]

Allah Most High says, “When the Qur’an is recited, listen to it and be attentive—so that you may be granted Mercy.” [Qur’an, 7.204]

If you can, follow along by looking at a copy of the Qur’an. This is easy on digital devices, as they tend to highlight the verse being recited.

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

wassalam,

Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and Executive Director of SeekersHub Global After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to Canada in the Summer of 2007. In May 2008 he founded SeekersHub Global to deal with the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge—both online and on the ground—in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner. He has been repeatedly listed as one of the world’s 500 most influential Muslims (The Muslim500).

Can I Make Dhikr (Remembrance) While Listening to Qur’an?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: Assalam ‘aleykum

Is it permissible when listening to the recitation of the Qur’an to make remembrance (dhikr) at the same time?

Answer: Walaikum assalam,

I hope you’re doing well, insha’Allah. The adab with Qur’an is to listen quietly and attentively.

Allah Most High says,

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“When the Qur’an is recited, then listen to it and be quietly attentive, in order that you attain Mercy.” [Qur’an, 7.204]

And Allah is the giver of success and facilitation.

Wassalam,
[Shaykh] Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Faraz Rabbani is a scholar and researcher of Islamic law and translator of several Arabic works to the English language. After ten years overseas, Shaykh Faraz returned to Canada in the Summer of 2007. In May 2008 he founded SeekersGuidance to deal with the urgent need to spread Islamic knowledge—both online and on the ground—in a reliable, relevant, inspiring, and accessible manner.

Listening to Qur’an While Occupied With Other Tasks

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Question: I want to listen to the Qur’an as much as possible, but do I have to sit and listen, or can I do work while listening? What about children? Should we play it while they play, even though they may not be paying full attention to it?

Answer: In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful.

Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

Allah has commanded us to be “attentive” when listening to the Qur’an: “When the Qur’an is recited, listen to it and be attentive, in order to attain Mercy.” [Qur’an, 7.204].

Full attentiveness is something few have, even when doing nothing else but listening.

What is ‘sufficient attentiveness’?
What is minimally sought, however, is to try one’s reasonable best to pay attention, avoid mentally busying yourself completely with other things (such as reading a book or article while listening to the Qur’an) [al-Fatawa al-Hindiyya (1.317), Hashiyat al-Tahtawi ‘ala Maraqi al-Falah].

Thus, it is permitted to recite and listen to the Qur’an if one is doing housework, taking care of the children, driving, walking, or performing other worldly activities–if the above conditions of basic attentiveness are generally fulfilled. Otherwise, it is improper.

What to do when busy or distracted?
It would be best, when busy, to put on halal Islamic poetry (qasida) or religious music (nasheed) if you need to listen to something.

Many of the righteous continue to make remembrance of Allah (dhikr) even while working, whether on mundane tasks or tasks requiring concentration.

As for the children, hearing the Qur’an has great benefit for them, even when they are playing around.

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,
Faraz Rabbani