Life has changed with technology and so has Quran recitation. Today, the Quran is easily accessible on gadgets. Come to think of it, technology has made it easy for people to manage their Quranic recitation on the move. Earlier people had to make time to read the Quran. When they were late to work, they couldn’t, when they had piles of household chores, they couldn’t. Today they can conveniently open their Quran apps while commuting to work, or play it loud and listen to it when they are in the middle of their chores. Reading Quran from an app raises some new questions too. For instance, people often ask if reading the Quran from an app without wudhu is permissible. Earlier, this question was unfathomable because touching the Mushaf without wudhu is a big no-no.
But here, things are different and rulings have to be re-considered.
Reading Quran from an app without wudhu
Reading the Quran from an app does not come under the same ruling as the Mushaf, so one can touch them without having performed ablution. It is also permissible to take the devices containing Quran apps into the washroom because writing Quran on the mobile phone is very different from a Mus-haf. Unlike a Mushaf, the letters of the Quran take the form of appearing and disappearing waves and the mobile phone may contain things other than the Quran.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Naasir al-Barraak says that it is not essential to be free from minor or major impurity when reciting Quran from memory. However, purifying oneself before reciting Quran is better, because it is the Word of Allah and commands respect.
When touching the Mushaf, it is essential to be in a state of purity because of a Hadith.
“No one should touch the Quran but one who is pure.”
However, gadgets on which Quran is recorded do not come under the same rules as the Mushaf. Based on this, it is permissible to touch the mobile phone on which Quran is recorded and to read from it without ablution.
Reading the Quran from an app makes it easy for menstruating women to worship. It is also good for those who find it inconvenient to carry a Mushaf all the time.
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