Is It Permissible to Just Read the Qur’an Until I Learn How to Pray?

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Question: Assalamu ‘Alaykum, I just converted to Islam. Is It Permissible to Just Read the Qur’an During the Prayer Time until I Learn how to pray?

Answer: Wa ‘alaykum assalam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh.

I pray you are well. Congratulations! I pray Allah makes your faith thrive and that He makes you embody the beauty of this religion such that you are pleasing to Him.

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You should pray the five daily prayers in their time. This is quite simple as you only need to do the bare minimum of actions for the obligatory prayers (2 units for fajr, 4 for Zuhr, 4 for ‘Asr, 3 for Maghrib, 4 for ‘Isha, 3 for witr). This can be learned in five minutes.

You should get someone who prays to help you with the following, but it is fairly straight forward. Start a minimal wudu: wash you face, arms up to the elbows, and feet unto the ankles once; and wipe a moist hand over a 1/4 of your head,

Then, face the Qibla, intend the prayer you are praying, and say ‘Allahu Akbar’. If you do not know the Arabic pronunciation you can say ‘God is the greatest.’

Then recite just one verse in Arabic – which shouldn’t be difficult to learn (try ‘Allah-us-Samad’). Then bow (ruku’) and stay there for a couple of seconds, stand for a second, and go down in to the prostration (sujud). Sit up, and then do another sujud.

This is one unit complete. Stand for the next. For fajr, sit for about 30 seconds after the second unit, then look at your shoulders and say ‘salam’ to end the prayer.

For the rest of the prayers, you will sit after the second unit and then stand for the third or the last unit. Repeat what you did earlier to end when the number of units for the prayer are done.

One last thing – in the witr prayer, in the third unit, after reciting a verse, raise your hands and say ‘Allahu Akbar’ once more before bowing.

Doing the above will give mean that your prayers are valid, and as you learn the elements of the prayer you can add to the above formula as you go. Learning the above is not difficult, and you’ll find it very easy with the help of another.

Go Slow

The prayer is a great source of benefit for a believer, and a means of showing gratitude to Allah for what He gives us. Getting it going will aid you in strengthening your faith – but take it easy. Learning about the details of the religion can be overwhelming, and sometimes adding new practices is very tempting too.

Please take our course on the Absolute Essentials of Islam. It will help you build your practice in a balanced way.

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 Qur’anic recital and he was able to study an extensive curriculum of Qur’anic sciences, tafsir, Arabic grammar, and Arabic eloquence.

Reciting Ya Sin so Parents Accept My Choice for Marriage

Ustadh Tabraze Azam is asked whether reciting Sura Ya Sin in a certain way may help turn the hearts of parents and fulfill one’s needs.


Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh.

I find myself in a dilemma these days. I like a younger Muslim man. He proposed but my parents aren’t letting us get married due to age and not being established yet.

Someone told me recently that reciting Sura Ya Sin in a special way (a certain number of days, stopping and starting at the word mubin, etc.) can help to make our parents meet to talk about us.

Is there a basis for reciting in this way to fulfill a need? I know someone who it helped a lot, but I’m not familiar with this method of reciting the Qur’an.


Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmat Allah wa baraktuh.

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha Allah.

The best supplications are those made from a focused heart out of sincerity, love, and contentment.

Supplications are answered in one of three ways:

    1. 1) by getting the thing you asked for,
    1. 2) by the averting of a calamity that would have befallen you, or
    1. 3) by being saved up for the Hereafter as a gift or reward.

And remember that getting a response is a Divine promise.

Parents can be convinced. But you should make absolutely sure that he is a suitable spouse – such that he knows what it means to be a husband, he is compatible with you, and shares the same outlook as you.

I’d highly recommend taking this class. Marriage in Islam: Practical Guidance for Successful Marriages.

See: Struggling to Have Children: Ten Key Etiquettes of Du’a

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

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.

Important Details Regarding Making Supplications During the Prayer

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani and Sidi Salman Younas

Question: What are the some of the rulings and details regarding making supplications during the prayer?


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What are the Legal Rulings and Conditions for Supplications During the Prayer?

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Supplicating in Prostration

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