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Taking fees for practicing a Bid`ah, like earning one's living through reciting the Qur'an

The second question of Fatwa no. 6973
Q 2: Is it permissible to recite the Qur'an for a person who has asked me to do so? It is not for worship, but only a recitation of the Qur'an so that Allah will bless that person or restore a lost item to them, while they pay me a certain sum of money in return. Is it permissible to recite the Qur'an and take fees in the mentioned way? There is another form which is practiced in our country: a person gathers a group of people who memorize or study the Qur'an, and asks them to pronounce Tasbih (saying: "Subhan Allah [Glory be to Allah]") a thousand times,
(Part No. 15; Page No. 101)
"There is neither might nor power except with Allah!" a thousand times and so on. The host prepares food and slaughters animals to feed the people on this occasion. He also gives them a certain sum of money in return for this.
A: It is impermissible for a Muslim to recite the Qur'an in return for a fee given to him by those who asked him to do so. It is impermissible for a Muslim to take this as a job and a source of living. It is also impermissible for a Muslim to gather people to glorify Allah a thousand times and say "There is neither might nor power except with Allah!" a thousand times in return for food or fees. This is considered a Bid`ah (innovation in religion). It was authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, A person who innovates things in our affairs for which there is no valid reason, these are to be rejected. May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.

The Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'

Deputy Chairman Chairman
`Abdul-Razzaq `Afify `Abdul-`Aziz ibn `Abdullah ibn Baz



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