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Commencing meetings by reciting Sûrah al-Fâtihah

Published: 27/08/2011 10:00:00 PM GMT
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In our country, it is our custom to commence meetings and ceremonies with the recitation of Sûrah al-Fâtihah. Is this a recommended act in Islam or merely a custom of ours? If it is just a custom, does that mean it is an unlawful innovation?

Answered by

Sheikh `Abd Allah b. Bayyah, professor at `Abd al-`Azîz University in Jeddah

Reciting the Qur’ân is something highly meritorious in and of itself. Allah says: “Read of the Qur’an as much as may be easy for you.” [Sûrah al-Muzzamil: 20]

However, reciting Qur’ân before, during, or after meetings was never recommended for us by the Qur’ân or Sunnah. Therefore, if someone does this believing it is a Sunnah or a religious obligation, then he is doing something that contradicts with the religion.

If, on the other hand, people wish to do so just for the blessings, I hold the opinion that it is permissible for them to do so. This matter should not be a cause for contention among Muslims.

Whoever likes to read the Qur’ân should not be forbidden from doing so. However, he should not be acting under the assumption that it is a specific Sunnah act to recite Sûrah al-Fâtihah when opening a meeting or that the Prophet (peace be upon him) was ever in the habit of doing so.

Source: Islam Today

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