Qur'an or Hadith: Used to earn money

Q535 :Some scholars in our region say that any person who uses the Qur'an or the Hadith to earn money will face severe punishment on the Day of Judgment. How far is this true?


A535 : It depends on what sort of use the person concerned makes of the Qur'an and how he receives his money. If a person receives wages for merely reciting the Qur'an, as is done by some people who are hired to recite the Qur'an at the grave of a deceased person, or to recite it and request to grant its reward to the deceased, then it is prohibited and the prohibition applies to both the hirer and the hired. The latter would not receive any reward for his recitation, and the money that changes hands between them is forbidden for him to take. On the other hand if a person receives wages for teaching the Qur'an, either to children or to adults, then it is appropriate. You should note here that his wages are given for teaching, not for reciting. He obviously needs to devote time to the task required of him and should be compensated for that. It is perfectly permissible for one who has learned the Qur'an properly and who is able to teach it well to others to make such teaching his full-time job. There is a clear need for Qur'anic teachers and unless those who are able to teach it come forward to undertake this task, then many people will not be able to learn the Divine Book. It should be clear, however, to the giver and taker that the money is simply his wages for teaching and not for reciting.


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