Does the same rule of wudhu apply if we are looking at a copy of the Quran and if we are looking at the Quran on a phone?

Touching the quraan

QUESTION

When we pick up the Quran we have wudhu. When he look at the Quran on the phone should we look at it with wudhu also, does the same rule of wudhu apply if we are looking at a copy of the Quran and if we are looking at the Quran on a phone.

 

ANSWER

In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful,

 

It is from the etiquettes of reading the Quran that it be read in the state of Wudhu- whether reading the Quran from a phone or not.

 

With regards to touching the Quran (from a Mushaf/book form etc.), it is compulsory to be in the state of Wudhu.

 

With regards to touching the Quran that is visible on the screen of a phone etc, there is a difference of opinion amongst the scholars.

 

1)Some scholars say that it is permissible to touch a phone on which the Quran is being viewed without wudhu. This is because phones are not classified as physical forms of the Quran when we upload/open the Quran on them, as phones are used for multiple purposes- primarily to contact others, unlike a Quran (Mushaf/ in book form).

 

Furthermore, when we upload/open the Quran on a phone it is not tangible.

 

Moreover, the image of the Quran behind the screen of a phone is actually electrical rays that are replicating the image of a  Quran-and not the actual  (physical Mushaf/book form)Quran itself.Therefore, it is permissible to touch a phone with Quran visible on it without being in the state of Wudhu.

 

2)However, another group of scholars do not agree with this and deem it impermissible to touch a phone on which the Quran is visible.

 

Both opinions are valid and supported by competent scholars.

 

You may follow which ever opinion you deem appropriate. However, it is best to exercise precaution in matters of Deen and thus to follow the opinion of impermissibility will be advisable.

 

And Allah, the  Almighty knows best

 

(Mufti)Sufyan Ibn Yakub Khapi

 

 

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