Qur'an: Recitation without ablution

Q550 :Is it permissible to recite the Qur'an or glorify Allah while lying in bed and without ablution?


A550 : Allah describes His good servants who believe in Him as "those who remember Allah when they are standing, seated, or in a reclined position and meditate on the creation of the heavens and the earth" (3;191). The phrase "remember Allah" has a very wide meaning in Islamic terminology, which includes the recitation of the Qur'an and the praising and glorification of Allah, making supplication, etc. Moreover, the Prophet has taught us some supplication to say when we go to bed. Therefore, the answer to your question is that it is perfectly permissible. It is recommended to have ablution before one goes to bed and before one recites the Qur'an or glorifies Allah or does any act of His remembrance. When we say this is recommended, we actually say that it is not obligatory. Therefore, it is permissible to do all that without having an ablution. It is not permissible, however, to recite the Qur'an from memory or to hold the Qur'an when one is in a state of ceremonial impurity i.e. Janabah.


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