Category Archives: Qur’an

Questions concerning the Book of Allah

How to dispose of Quranic Ayahs etc.?

Assalamu Alaikum,

Mufti, how does one dispose of Qur’anic ayahs, word, surah .  I normally cut out the Arabic from postcards etc. because i know it will be thrown away and disregarded. I was told to fold it up and bury it.  others say it can be burnt or thrown into the sea. What does the Shariah say regarding this.

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

الجواب و بالله التوفيق

As long as these can be kept, they should be kept and used or stored in a good place. However, when it becomes old and unusable and you want to dispose of it, you should wrap it in a cloth and bury it.

Scholars have mentioned that one should avoid burning these since it is against the respect shown to the Holy Quran. (Kitabul Fatawa, Vol. 1, Pg. 474, Zam Zam Publishers, Karachi 2007).

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


Questions on Sajdah Tilawah

Asalamu Alaikum.

If someone needs to do more than one can he/she keep on doing the number sajdah needed one after the other? Or does one need to start in the qiyam position for each sajdah?

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

الجواب و بالله التوفيق

If one needs to perform more than one sajdah of tilawah, then he can do so one after the other. There is no need to stand up in qiyaam to start each other sajdah.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


Quranic verses on vehicles.

Q. Is it permissible to have Quranic verses and phrases on one’s vehicle?

A. The Holy Quran contains the words of Allah and must be respected at all times. Placing these Quranic verses on vehicles is only a matter of fashion and style, and no sort of respect is given to these verses when they are placed in this manner. Instead, we see that a lot of dirtiness (which is on the vehicle) comes over these verses, no one pays attention to the sacredness of these verses, no one reflects on the message contained in these verses and in many cases, it is seen that music is played in many of these vehicles which contain these Quranic verses. It therefore shows that this act has become a ‘style’ and ‘fashion’ of the day, and Muslims must refrain from showing such disrespect to these Quranic verses.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Waseem Khan

What is the ruling of Sajdah Tilawaat and its method?

Assalamu Alaikum.

If you are reading a surah with a verse to make sajda in salah after reciting the verse do you have to go in sajda right away or can you finish the rakaat and go to ruku then sajda and that sajda will count as the sajda for the verse. I think you can get the idea from what i am saying so can you please explain the fiqh behind this.

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

الجواب و بالله التوفيق

You are required to go in Sajdah right away after reciting the verse with the Sajdah. The normal Sajdah that is connected to Salah and is done after Rukhu, will not count as the Sajdah of the verse. The Sajdah of the Quran which is referred to as ‘Sajdah Tilawah’ has its own separate ruling. It is wajib (essential) to do when recited in Salaah and outside Salaah for both the reciter and the listener. Therefore, making the normal Sajdah of Salaah will not suffice for the Sajdah which must be made on account of reciting a verse with Sajdah.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.


What benefits are derived from reading the English or transliteration of the Quran?

Assalamu Alaikum,

What benefits are derived from reading the English or transliteration of the Quran?


Wa Alaikum As Salaam

The main reason is to make it easy for people who do not know the Arabic language to read the Arabic of the Quraan. The Transliteration do not give an accurate way of pronouncing the words/letters of the Quraan, however, many people benefit from it. It is commonly seen that people who read the transliteration make many mistake while reciting the Quraan, those who have learnt surahs in this manner should recite these surahs to one who knows the proper way of reciting, so that they can correct their mistakes. Muslims who read from the transliteration should make an effort to learn to recite the Quraan directly from the Arabic so that they may stop depending on the transliteration since many mistakes are made while reading in this manner.


And Allah knows best

Mufti Waseem Khan


When should one perform Sajdah of recitation?

Assalaamu Alaikum,
I was reciting Quran and a verse requiring Sujood came, but it was sunrise and I know it is not allowed to make Salaah. I didn’t do Sujood. What is your opinion on this?  Should Sujood be avoided at sunrise, sunset and midday?


Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

Yes, the sajdah of tilawah (sajdah of recitation) should be avoided at the times of sunrise, sunset and midday, because these are the makrooh times for performing both the Fardh and Nafl salaah. Hence, the sajdah of tilawah should not be done at these times. If one recites a verse requiring sajdah at any of these times, one should delay a little until the makrooh time finishes and then do the sajdah. (Al Hidaya).

However, if one recites a Verse requiring sajdah at the other two makrooh times like that of after Fajr salah until sunrise, or after Asr  salah  until sunset, then it will be allowed for one to do the sajdah at that time, since during these times one can perform missed salah (qadha). Only the Nafl salah is prohibited at these times. (Al Hidaya).

(Kitabul FatawaVol.2 pg 450  Zam Zam publishers Karachi 2007)

And Allah knows best

Mufti Waseem Khan

Is it permissible to recite an Aayat from one Surah (eg Aayatul Kursi) then an Aayat from another Surah? If it is, what are the protocols that should be observed?

Assalaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah,

Q: Is it permissible to recite an Aayat from one Surah (eg Aayatul Kursi) then an Aayat from another Surah? If it is, what are the protocols that should be observed?

Wa Alaikum Assalaam,

A: Yes, it is permissible to do so. In doing this, one should recite verses from a Surah which is before the verses of the other Surah. Sequence of the Surahs must be maintained as given in the Holy Quran. One must also recite more verses in the first rakaat than in the second rakaat. In other words, the first rakaat should be longer or equal to that which is recited in the second rakaat.

And Allah Knows Best,

Mufti Waseem Khan.


The Word ‘We/Us’ Used By Allah In the Holy Quran

Question: I was wondering who does the ‘we’ refer to in the Quran and in the last line of sura 21 ayat 84 where it is sometimes translated  as ‘as a reminder for all who worship us.’ what does ‘us’ mean when we are to only worship Allah?


Answer: Assalamu Alaikum,

‘We’ in the Quran refers to Allah Alone whenever Allah uses the word ‘we’. In the verse quoted above, ‘Us’ refers to Allah also. Both these are in the plural form and these refer to Allah Alone. The usage of a plural for Allah is a plural of respect and not number. In the Arabic language as well as other Middle East and ancient languages, the plural of respect is used to show honour, greatness, respect and glory to God Almighty. When used in this manner, these words do not refer to more than one being or person.

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan


Tafseer Of Ayah # 3 Of Surah Al Hadeed

Question: Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu!

May Allah bless you all, Ameen!

Can you please explain the Tafsir of Ayah 3 of Surah Hadeed?

JazzakAllahu khayran!

Assalamu Alaikom Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu



Answer: Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

Verse 3 of Surah Al Hadeed States:

“He is the First and the Last, The Manifest and the Intimate, and He is, of all things, Knowing.”

With respect to the commentary and meaning of this verse, the exegetes and commentators of the Holy Quran have differences of opinion, and up to ten commentaries and statements have been made regarding it. When looked at, all have been accepted as the meaning and message regarding the verse.

While explaining the verse, the commentators have stated that:

The word/attribute الأول’ (Al Awwal) which means ‘The First’ explains that Allah is The First. There was nothing before Him. He Has created everything in the universe, and all things came from Him, and were created by Him. Hence, there is nothing before Him. He existed from eternity and existed before everything came into existence.

The word/attribute ‘لاخرI’   (Al Akhir) means ‘The Last’. It tells us that everything will come to an end, and Allah will remain forever. There is nothing after Him. He alone will continue to exist forever and ever.

The word/attribute ‘لظاهرI’ (Adh Dhahir) is translated as ‘The Manifest’. It means that Allah’s manifestation is superior to everything and surpasses the manifestation of all things. There isn’t anything that is more manifest that Him. He is known and recognized by numerous signs in the heavens and the earth.

The word/attribute of الباطن’ (Al Baatin) is translated as ‘The Hidden’ and means that the true nature and essence of Allah’s being is hidden in the manner that the ‘Dhaat’ ‘Being of Allah’ is beyond man’s perception and comprehension. (Ma’ariful Quran Vol. 8 Pgs. 305,306).

While explaining the above verse, the great exegete, Imam Qurtubi writes, ‘The Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) himself have given the explanation of this verse through his dua (supplication). In his supplication, he beseeched Allah and said,

 اللَّهُمَّ أَ نْتَ الأَوَّلُ فَلَيْسَ قَبْلَكَ شَىْءٌ وَ اَنْتَ اْلاَخِرُ فَلَيْسَ بَعْدَكَ شَيْءٌ وَأَ نْتَ الظَّاهِرُ فَلَيْسَ فَوْقَكَ شَىْءٌ وَأَنْتَ الْبَاطِنُ

                                                                          فَلَيْسَ دُونَكَ شَىْءٌ اقْضِ عنا الدَّيْنَ وَ أغننا مِنَ الْفَقْرِ

‘Allahumma Anta Awwal fa Laisa Qablaka Shai’un. Wa Antal Akhiru Fa Laisa Ba’daka Shai’un. Wa Antadh Dhahir Fa Laisa Fauqaka Shai’un. Wa Antal Baatin Fa Laisa Dunaka Shai’un. Aqdhi Anna Ad Dain Wa Agnina Minal Faqr.’

‘O Allah! You are The First, and there was nothing before You. And You are The Last, and there is nothing after you. And You are The Manifest, there is nothing higher than You. And You are The Hidden, there is nothing can measure up to You. Fulfil the debts on our behalf, and make us free from poverty.’ (Tafseer Al Qurtubi Vol. 17 pg. 203).

Some scholars have explained the word ‘Al Baatin’ to mean ‘the Most Near’.

Hafiz Ibn Katheer has mentioned a narration from Abdullah binAbbas (R.A) in his tafseer, in which it is stated that one who finds doubts in his heart regarding his religious beliefs should recite verse 3 of Surah Al Hadeed, which is:

(Tafseer Ibn Katheer Vol. 4 pg. 387 Maktaba Dar Al Faiha Damascus 1998).

And Allah Knows Best.

Mufti Waseem Khan.