Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Can one celebrate completing the Qur’aan?


A young girl has finished reading the Qur’aan for
the first time, and wants to invite her friends for a celebration on this occasion. What
should she write on the invitation cards?

Praise be to Allaah.

This is a wonderful thing for such a young person (11 years old) living in a non-Muslim
country and deviant society to accomplish. The fact that she has not given her name is a
sign of sincerity, in sha Allaah. I think that this should only be announced for the
purposes of encouraging others to do the same. The affair should be limited to a small
gathering where some relatives or friends invite a few of the girl’s friends, tell
them of her achievement in completing the Qur’aan in order to encourage them - not to
show off or boast - and some of the mothers say a few words about the greatness of the
Qur’aan, the importance of reading it and how the Muslim should treat the
Qur’aan. Or this girl could invite her friends to a meal to mark the occasion and
give thanks for this blessing. There is nothing wrong with such activities, as long as one
is careful not to let it turn into a celebration.

It is clear from the above that celebrating a person’s completion of reciting or
memorizing the Qur’aan, inviting people and offering food, is an action in which
there is a risk of two fitnahs (temptations):

(1) that it might be an occasion for showing off and boasting, and

(2) that it may constitute bid’ah, if people believe that such celebrations are part
of the religion and must be held every time a person completes the reading of the
Qur’aan. The first danger may be avoided by striving within oneself to be sincere
towards Allaah, and the second by restricting the invitees to a small number of family and

We should not hold such gatherings regularly, lest people think it is a part of the Sunnah
I ask Allaah to increase His blessings upon you and to give you the strength to memorize
Qur’aan and Sincerity in speech and deeds.

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