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Touching the Qur’aan and its translation while in the state of impurity

Fatwaa ID: 1116

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

1.1. Can a woman in haidh touch a book which has the Arabic text of Qur’an together with a translation?
1.2. Can she touch the translated text?

  1. Is there a ruling in any Madh’hab which allows women to recite Qur’an in a state of haidh and nifaas? I was told this is such in the Maaliki Madh’hab
  2. Are the rulings different for touching Qur’ans with translation in the state of Hadath Asghar and Akbar?

جزاك الله خيرا

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

  1. It is necessary to be in the state of purity (ghusl/wudhu) to touch a mus’haf. Likewise, it is necessary to be in the state of purity to touch a translation of the Qur’aan. A woman in the state of haydh may not touch either of the two.
    If the “book” in question is other than a mus’haf or translation, i.e., it is some other book that contains Qur’aanic verses and/or the translation, then it will be permissible to touch the book without purity. However, one may not touch the Qur’aanic verses or their translations.
  2. The mainstream position, and this is the position of most of the legal schools, is that a woman in the state of haydh may not verbally recite the Qur’aan. One must adhere strictly to the rulings of her madhab. She cannot pick and choose. As for the authoritative position in the Maaliki legal school, you may refer to their reliable scholars.
  3. The rules pertaining to touching of a mus’haf or a translation are the same for one in the state of Hadath Asghar and the one in the Hadath Akbar. Purity is a prerequisite.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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