Charging A Fee To Teach The Qur’an

بسم اللــــه الرحمـــــــــن الرحيم

📩 Question:

The Questioner says: Is it permissible for a person to say to another: ‘I will teach you The Qur’an on the condition that you pay me a fee, otherwise I will not teach you anything’?

📝 The Answer:

It is not permissible for him to teach purely for financial gain, as is apparent in this question; what seems apparent from the question is that the motive is only to acquire money.

And this issue of charging money varies depending on one’s motive and intention.

So whoever seeks a worldly gain solely, and has no interest in acquiring the reward of Allah, then he will not be rewarded for his action. He may also be committing a sin, because teaching others is one of the greatest means by which one draws closer to Allah, and it is not permissible for a Muslim to withhold from teaching the Sunnah and good work to others due to money. Unless he is prevented from alternative sources of income (i.e. he teaches full-time) and he knows that his student(s) can afford to support him financially, but they they refuse to. In this case, he is allowed to abstain from teaching them. However, it is better not to withhold from teaching. And he doesn’t abstain from teaching everyone altogether, rather this only applies to those who are able to support him financially – but refuse to. If he abstains from teaching this group of people specifically, then he has an excuse, because this was done by some of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors), who would withhold narrating Hadeeth if those capable of providing financial assistance refused to.

Undoubtedly, this approach is disliked and better left.

Allah The Most High states:

ِۚ وَمَن يَتَّقِ ٱللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُۥ مَخْرَجًا

And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out.

[At-Talaq 65:2]


Translated by:

Abu Sufyaan Saami Al-Ghani

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