Question : What is the ruling on reading the Quran from a smart phone in an app? Do the same rules apply in terms of touching the screen without wudhu?
Answer : It is permissible to touch the screen of the phone where the app of the holy Quran is running and one reciting from it.
Question : I want to dedicate the reward of a complete recitation of the whole Quran to ten deceased people. Will every deceased receive the reward of the recitation of the whole Quran, or will they receive a proportionate reward (i.e. one-tenth in this case)?
Answer : It has been reported from the Infallibles (peace be upon them) that each one of them will receive the reward of reciting the whole Holy Quran.
Question : If someone is reciting Quran in front of me, is it prohibited for me to speak? Or is it only disliked? Does it make a difference if the recitation is not live, but is a recording?
Answer : We have been ordered in some narrations to listen to whoever recites Quran. This does not include recorded recitations.
Question : If one hears someone recites Quran, is it obligatory on him to correct the mistakes of his recitation?
Answer : Although it is a good thing, it is not obligatory to correct the mistakes in the Quran recitation of other people.
Question : Is it obligatory to cover our head when reciting the Quran?
Answer : No, it is not obligatory.
Question : Is it allowed to recite the Quran with notes and rhythms which are used for music or nasheed?
Answer : It is not permissible if the recitation is with the rhythm of songs which are prohibited. It is preferable to avoid it even if it was without the prohibited rhythms if they were in a way that does not relate to the holiness of the Book and its sanctity.
Question : I have the whole holy Quran in my mobile phone, so am I allowed to read the holy book when I am lying down in bed?
Answer : Yes, it is permissible.
Question : Some people claim that both the Sunni and Shia authentic books of ahadith contain such narrations from which it is proved that,the Holy Quran present in our houses is not exactly that Quran that was revealed upon the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny). Is there any truth to this?
Answer : The mentioned narrations are rejected by Shias and Sunnis, which suggests the lack of credibility in these traditions. Muslims were paying attention since the very early days of Islam in memorizing the Holy Book, reciting it, teaching it and spreading it. It was reported that the month of Ramadan is the spring season of the Holy Book, referring to the best time of the year. It was a common practice to recite the entire Quran during this month. Imam Mohamed Al-Baqir recited the Holy Book ten times during the holy month. It was also narrated that Imam Ali Al-Ridha did the same.
Since the beginning days of Islam, there were certain reciters who specialized in the recitation of the Quran and they taught it to others. As such, the Book was widespread amongst the Muslims in general, not to any special class in the Muslim society, and they went to great lengths to preserve the words of the Quran without any changes and alterations.
All of this indicates that the Holy Quran which we currently have, reached us from generations after generations. Therefore, the claim that you refer to in your question is meaningless and rejected.
Question : I want to memorize the entire Quran. Can you give me a supplication to help me?
Answer : May Allah accept from you your endeavors, and consider you one of the actors upon the words of Holy Quran and amongst those who can benefit from the Quran in this life and in the hereafter. Unfortunately, we are not aware of a supplication to memorize the Holy Book specifically, however, the following supplication is reported to strengthen the memory and it is recited after the prayers:
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Question : The Sunnis have the different modes of reciting the Quran (qira\'at), the most popular being Asim(by way of Hafs) and Nafi (by way of Warsh), but also Ibn Kathir, Abu Amr, Ibn Amir, Hamza, Kisa\'i, Khalaf, Ya\'qub, and Abu Ja\'far. Do the Ithna Ashariyah follow one of these, permit several of them, or do they have their own?
Answer : Shia's does not have a specific reciting mode. The Holy book of Allah can be recited by the common modes of recitation that were known to Muslims during the eras of the Imams (peace be upon them). The most popular one nowadays is being Asim by the way hafs. It is better to limit the recitation to it.
Question : I don't know how to read or speak Arabic, so i read the Quran in English, but is it obligatory to read the Quran in Arabic?
Answer : Reciting in Arabic is essential in the prayer. Whoever does not know how to do so, should learn reciting in Arabic during the prayer. Other than the prayer, reciting the holy book in Arabic is recommended and not obligatory.
Question : When I was small, I heard Quran sharif, on the internet it is Quran majid, I got one recently it is Quran al hakim, i want to know the difference.
Answer : The Quran is one and these are descriptions that show respect and divineness.
Question : Who was Zul Qarnayn according to history? Some Muslims seem to say it was Alexander the great but it can't be possible since Alexander is well known throughout history to have no such Islamic belief. So who was Zul Qarnayn?
Answer : It appears from the Holy Quran that Thu ulqarnain was a righteous person and that almighty Allah made him capable of control a large portion of earth. This does not mean that he was a Muslim in our Islam today, but he was a good devotee that believed in monotheism which is the most important belief in Islam.
Question : When the angel came, Mohammad say to another person to write the revelation, this is the Quran but why Mohammad did not write it?
Answer : The prophet (peace be upon him and his holy progeny) did not write the Quran or any other text. Muslims used to write it. This is one of the evidence that the Quran is from Almighty Allah and not from the prophet since he did not experience any writing or reading in his life. Despite that, he brought this great book that contains very high concepts in many aspects of intellect and in life. Almighty Allah said:" And you (O Muhammad) were not a reader of any scripture before it, nor did you write it with your right hand, for then might those have doubted who follow falsehood." 29:48.
Question : Is the besmellah part of the Fatiha and not part of the rest of the chapters?
Answer : Religious scholars differ in this issue but the common and known shia opinion is that the besmellah is part of every chapter except chapter of beraa No.9.
Question : If a person was reading the Quran and had not completed before the start of Ramadan, can he continue the same recitation or start from the beginning so that he can complete the whole Quran in Ramadan?
Answer : Both ways of recitation are permissible.
Question : Why is it that "Bismillah al-Rahman al-Raheem" is mentioned as a verse in Surat al Fatiha?
Answer : The Bismilla is a verse in all chapters except of Chapter 9.
Question : It has been narrated in many traditions from the Holy Prophet (PBUH) and the infallible Imams(AS) that the recitation, memorization, reading and listening of the Qur'an carry great rewards in this world and the hereafter as well. How can non-Arabic speakers recite with contemplation if they do not understand the meaning of what they read?
Answer : It is recommended to recite the holy Quran by those who do not understand its meanings. Reciting with contemplation is definitely better but this does not mean that reciting without it has no value.
Question : Has the Quran undergone alteration - tahrif of the order of its verses, or is the order of the verses the same order as that during the time of our Holy prophet (PBUHF)?
Answer : The sequence of the verses is same as the sequence in the time of the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him and his holy progeny).
Question : What is the Grand Ayatollah as-Sayyid Muhammad Saeed Tabatabi Al-Hakeemâ€™s view of the current Quran we have today, I would like to know his belief on the order of the verses of the Quran?
Answer : The current sequence of the verses is the same as the sequence at the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and that is because of the naming of the chapters â€“ Suras that we inherited from that era.