Pilots reciting Qur'an from the Mus-haf

(Part No. 26; Page No. 316)  Applying safety measures Fatwa no. 12359 Praise be to Allah, Alone. May peace and blessings be upon the Last Prophet. The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta' reviewed the question submitted to His Excellency the president by the Media Relations and Internal Production Director, Saudi Arabian Airlines. The question was referred to the Committee from the General Secretariat of the Council of Senior Scholars with no. (4134) in 1/6/1409 A.H. Following is the wording of the questioner:Dear shaykh, is it permissible for a pilot, co-pilot, and a navigator to recite Qur'an from the Mus-haf (copy of the Qur'an) while flying? It is worth mentioning that the plane and the passengers on board might be exposed to evil consequences if the navigators are busy with anything other than their main job. Before taking any action, we would like to take your opinion regarding this matter so that our action will be based on Shari`ah (Islamic Law). May Allah reward you with the best and prolong your lives!

After studying the matter, the Committee replied: You should prevent the navigators from anything that distracts them from doing their job such as reading and the like, for this might expose the plane and the passengers to danger. (Part No. 26; Page No. 317) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.