Can The Qur'an Al Kareem Be Held Without Wudu?

The ruling is the same for the parts of the Qur’ân where the text of verses is printed and where it is not. Therefore, a person without Wudû can neither touch its parts where its text is printed nor at the margins. It is Fard (obligatory) to perform Wudû to touch or hold the Qur’ân be it an Âyah (verse) written on a piece of paper or hanging on a wall.

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Can The Qur'an Al Kareem Be Held Without Wudu?

A person cannot touch or hold the Qur’ân al-Karîm (the noble Qur’ân) without Wudû.

The ruling is the same for the parts of the Qur’ân where the text of verses is printed and where it is not. Therefore, a person without Wudû can neither touch its parts where its text is printed nor at the margins. It is Fard (obligatory) to perform Wudû to touch or hold the Qur’ân be it an Âyah (verse) written on a piece of paper or hanging on a wall.

As a token of respect, books of Fiqh, Hadîth, and Aqâ’id (creed) should not be handled without Wudû either because they may also contain Âyât (verses). Halwani (rahmatullâhi alayhi), one of the two Hanafi scholars who were given the title of ‘Shams al-A’immah’ (The Sun of Imams), said: “We attained this Ilm (knowledge) through respect. I have never held a paper without Wudû.” Imam Sarakhsî (rahmatullâhi alayh), the other Âlim with the same title, had to renew his Wudû seventeen times in one night due to his illness when he was busy studying.

It is Makruh Tahrimi (a disliked act the status of which is close to Haram) to touch an Âyah (verse) with the sleeve or hem of a cloth. Yet it is not Makruh (disliked) to hold the Holy Qur’ân with something other than its cover, such as a clean cloth or the sleeve of a garment.

The papers on which the name of Allâh Ta‘âlâ , Rasûlullâh (sallallâhu alayhi wa sallam), and other prophets are written should not be used for any other purposes.

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