Is Wudu Required to Read Quran?

If you want to read the Quran and find that you do not have wudu, the question may arise whether you need to do wudu before reading the Quran.

Wudu iis desirable to read the Qur’an when it is recited by heart, and if it is recited without Wudu, then there is nothing wrong with it if it is not junub. As for the one who is junub, the Quran should not be recited before he has done ghusl. 

But if someone wants to read from the Mus-haf, then he must perform ablution first. Allah says in Surah Waqiah verse 79 “None touch it except the purified”, and the Prophet Mohammed ﷺ said “ He does not touch the Qur’an except for the pure

Here is the summary:

  • The Quran can be recited if memorized without wudu, except if someone has junub. In this case, Wudu needs to be performed before reciting the Quran
  • The Quran can not be read without wudu if you plan to read directly from Mushaf

It is preferable to recite or read the Quran with wudu, although it is not haram to recite it by heart, even without wudu since the Quran is direct words from our God and it is better to be pure before reading it

Do you have to be clean to read the Quran?

Before touching the Quran, you have to be clean by doing wudu, and if you have junub, you have to do ghusl before touching it. If you want to recite the Quran by heart and don’t touch it, you don’t have to be clean unless you have Junub. But of course it is preferable to be clean whether you recite it by heart or touch it.

Do you need wudu to read the Quran on the phone?

If you are on the road and you want to read the Quran on your phone or laptop or on your table, and you ask yourself, if you would need Wudu to read the Quran.

Dr. Magdy Ashour, the advisor to the Grand Mufti of Egypt, said, “It is permissible to read the Quran on a cell phone without ablution because it is not a Mushaf and writing the Qur’an on a cell phone are vibrations that are displayed and then disappear, not solid letters.

Sheikh Abd al-Rahman bin Nasir al-Barrak has also confirmed: “The cell phone and other devices differ from their presence in the Quran, so they do not exist in their recitation ability, but they are on a characteristic vibrations that make the letters in an image on request, so that the screen appears, and is removed by moving to another screen.

Accordingly; So it is permissible to touch the cell phone, or the tape in which the Quran was recorded, and it is permissible to read from it, even if without Wudu.

Is it haram to read the Quran while lying down?

If you want to read the Quran while lying on the Mushaf or on your phone, the question is whether it is permissible to read the Quran while lying down.

There is no objection to reading the Quran standing, sitting, and lying down, as God Almighty said in Surah Al-Imran verse 191″ Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], “Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; exalted are You [above such a thing]; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” 

Sheikh Saleh Al-Fawzan has also said:

“There is nothing wrong with reading the Qur’an while lying down, be it on the bed or on the floor. There is nothing wrong with a person reciting the Qur’an while standing, sitting, or lying down. If the reading is from the mus-haf, then the person is not allowed to touch the mus-haf until he has done wudu.”

Can you do wudu without a shirt?

If the weather is hot or you are just getting out of the shower and want to do wudu but you don’t have a shirt on, the question may arise whether you can do wudu without a shirt and whether this jeopardizes the validity of the wudu.

Performing wudu without a shirt is permissible, as opposed to performing the prayer, which must cover certain parts of the body to be valid

What does the Quran say about Wudu?

If you are wondering what the Quran says about wudu, here is the verse in the Quran that describes it:

Allah says in the Quran about Wudu (Surah Ma-ida verse:6): “O believers! When you rise up for prayer, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows, wipe your heads, and wash your feet to the ankles. And if you are in a state of ˹full˺ impurity, then take a full bath. But if you are ill, on a journey, or have relieved yourselves, or have been intimate with your wives and cannot find water, then purify yourselves with clean earth by wiping your faces and hands. It is not Allah’s Will to burden you, but to purify you and complete His favour upon you, so perhaps you will be grateful.”

Can you listen to the Quran while cleaning?

Allah said in Surah Araf verse 204:  When the Quran is recited, listen to it attentively and be silent, so you may be shown mercy.” From the verse we can see that it is important to pay attention to the quran when someone is listening to it.

If you question yourself, if it is permissible to listen to the Quran while cleaning, the answer would be that it is permissible. There is nothing wrong with playing the Holy Qur’an without listening in the Shari’a. There are many who play the Holy Qur’an on the radio throughout the day. So maybe he may have heard a verse that influenced him, that was beneficial to him, and that he worked on it’s teaching.


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