Honouring the Qur’an

بسم اللــــه الرحمـــــــــن الرحيم

▪️Honouring the Qur’an▪️

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam -may Allaah preserve him- was asked the following question:

? Question:

The Questioner says: Is it permissible to honour a copy of the Qur’an by perfuming it?

? Answer:

If it has an unpleasant smell, such as the smell that eminates due to humidity, then it may be perfumed to counter this bad odour.

Allah The Most High states in his Noble Book:

فِى بُيُوتٍ أَذِنَ ٱللَّهُ أَن تُرْفَعَ وَيُذْكَرَ فِيهَا ٱسْمُهُۥ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُۥ فِيهَا بِٱلْغُدُوِّ وَٱلْءَاصَالِ

“In mosques which Allah has ordered to be raised and that His name be mentioned therein; exalting Him within them in the morning and the evenings.”

[An-Nur 24:36]

His statement: ‘raised’ has been interpreted to mean ‘upheld’ and ‘scented’. And this includes copies of the Qur’an, because if the masjid is scented (beautified by smell), the smell will pass onto the copies of the Qur’an within it.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was also reported to have removed a piece of phlegm from the masjid before perfuming the affected area. The Ka’bah was also perfumed during the time of The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and during the time of his successors. In fact, this practice remains in place till this very day.

This it is permissible to honour copies of the Qur’an by perfuming them.


Translated by:

Abu Sufyaan Saami Al-Ghaani

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