Reciting the Qur'an for a sick person

Q 4: Is it permissible to recite Qur'an for an ill person seeking the reward of Allah (Exalted be He) or for a fee?


A: If the recitation is intended for Ruqyah (reciting Qur’an and saying supplications over the sick seeking healing), it is not only permissible but also Mustahab (desirable). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Anyone of you who can benefit his brother let him do so. Ruqyah was practiced by the Prophet (peace be upon him) and his Sahabah (Companions, may Allah be pleased with them). However, it is preferred that no payment is involved, even though the Sunnah (whatever is reported from the Prophet) confirms that it is permissible to be paid a fee. On the other hand, if, by such recitation, a person intends to gift its reward to the sick, this should not be done because it is not confirmed as valid in the sanctified Shari‘ah (Islamic law). The Prophet (peace be upon him) warned, saying: (Part No. 1; Page No. 251)  Anyone who introduces anything into this matter of ours (Islam) that is not part of it will have it rejected. (Agreed upon by Al-Bukhari and Muslim)

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