Is being in a state of ritual purity a precondition for engaging in the remembrance of Allah?
Being in a state of ritual purity is not a precondition for observing the remembrance of Allah. It is also unnecessary to perform wudû’ in order to read the Qur’ân from memory. These rulings are a matter of scholarly consensus (ijmâ’).
In this way, Islam makes it easy for people to engage in the remembrance of Allah, so we can engage in this blessed activity under almost all circumstances.
Allah says: “And certainly We have made the Qur’ân easy for remembrance.” [Sûrah al-Qamar: 17]
Allah also says: “Those who remember Allah standing and sitting and lying on their sides and reflect on the creation of the heavens and the earth…” [Sûrah Al `Imrân: 191]
`A’ishah relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to keep up the remembrance of Allah at all times. [Sahîh Muslim (373)]
However, the majority of scholars consider a state of purity to be a condition for touching the Qur’ân. The majority also regard it as necessary to be free of major ritual impurity (janâbah) for one who wishes to recite the Qur’ân.
Mâlik b. Anas and a few other leading jurists made a concession for a menstruating woman and a woman during her post-natal bleeding, allowing them to read the Qur’ân. This opinion was adopted by Ibn Taymiyah, who goes so far as to say in al-Ikhtiyârât: “If she fears that she might forget the Qur’ân, it is obligatory upon her to read it during that time.”
Praise be to Allah who has made these matters easy.
Source: Islam Today
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