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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.

Are We Allowed to Read and Listen to the Quran While Breastfeeding and Pumping?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Assalam alaikum.

Are we allowed to read and listen to the Quran while breastfeeding and pumping?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I pray that you are well, insha’Allah.

Yes, you can listen to the Qur’an while breastfeeding your child.

Technically, the breast is not considered to be from your nakedness (`awrah) in front of your unmarriageable kin (mahrams).

However, in both cases it would be superior to cover yourself with a nursing cover or the like, particularly in the latter case when there are cultural sensitivities to be aware of in addition to the dictates of modesty and propriety.

Please also see: Who is a Mahram?

Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani