Reciting the Qur`ân in less than 3 days
27 Aug 2011 11:58 GMT
 
I have heard from some people that we should not finish the recitation of the Qur`ân in less than three days. Is this correct?

Answered by

the Fatwa Department Research Committee - chaired by Sheikh `Abd al-Wahhâb al-Turayrî

`Abd Allah b. `Amr relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Fast three days a month.”

`Abd Allah said: “I can handle more than that.”

This went on until (the Prophet, peace be upon him) said: “Fast one day and break your fast on the next.”

Then the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Read the Qur’ân once a month.”

`Abd Allah said: “I can handle more than that.”

This went on until the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Then once in three days.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî (1978)]

In his commentary of Sahîh al-Bukhârî, Imam Ibn Hajar writes:

Abû Dâwûd and al-Tirmidhî have narrated an authentic narration from Yazîd b. `Abd Allah b. al-Shikhkhîr from `Abd Allah b. `Amr, from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that: “He will not understand the Qur’ân who reads it in less than three (days)”.

There is a similar authentic narration from Ibn Mas`ûd that he said: “Read the Qur’ân in seven days. Do not do so in less than three (days).”

`Amrah narrates from `Aishah that she said: “The Prophet (peace be upon him) never completed the Qur’ân in less than three (days)”.

This view was adopted by Ahmad, Abû `Ubayd, Ishâq b. Râhawayh and others. However, it is authentically narrated that many of the Pious Predecessors used to read the Qur’ân in less than three days.

Imam al-Nawawî observes: “The majority of the scholars are of the opinion that there is no precisely defined time limit for this, and it depends upon the people and their abilities, and differs from individual to individual and from circumstance to circumstance.”

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today



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