Islamic Laws

The Rules of the Holy Qur’an

Ayatullah al-`Uzma al-Hajj ash-Shaykh Lutfullah as-Safi al-Gulpaygani
Issue 464: The Qur’an must always be kept clean and tidy and it is Haram to make the writing or the pages of the Qur’an Najis, and if it becomes Najis, then it must be made tahir immediately with water.
Issue 465: If the cover of the Qur’an is made Najis, and it is considered as disrespect to the Qur’an, then it must be made tahir with water.
Touching the Script of the Qur’an
Issue 466: It is Haram to touch the Qur’an with any part of the body, for someone who does not have Wudhu.
Issue 467: In touching the writings of the Qur’an, there is no difference between the Ayat and words, rather even the letters or the vowel points on the letters.
Issue 468: There is no difference as to what the Qur’an is written on, be it paper, ground, the wall or a cloth.
Issue 469: There is no difference as to how the Qur’an is written, whether it is with a pen, computer printer, chalk or with anything else.
Issue 470: Even if the writings of the Qur’an are not in the Qur’an itself, it is still Haram to touch it. Therefore, if an Ayat of the Qur’an is written in a book, rather if even one word is found on a piece of paper, or even half a word from a page of the Qur’an or another book is ripped out, then touching this without Wudhu is also Haram.
Issue 471: The following instances do not constitute touching the script of the Qur’an, and thus are not Haram (to touch):
• Touching the script of the Qur’an covered by glass or plastic.
• Touching the pages of the Qur’an, the cover or the margins – although it is Makruh.
• Touching the translation of the Qur’an that is in any language, except the name of Allah. For one who does not have Wudhu, touching the name of Allah in any language is Haram, for example the Persian word خدا.
Issue 472: Words that are common between the Qur’an and books other than the Qur’an, like the words “مُؤْمِنٌ” or “اَلَّذِيْنَ” if they are written with the intention of being from the Qur’an, then touching them without Wudhu is Haram (otherwise it is not a problem).
Issue 473: Touching the script of the Qur’an for one who is Junub, is Haram.
Issue 474: It is not permitted for a Junub to recite one of the 4 Ayats that contain a Wajib Sajdah (as was explained in Rule 120).

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