Holding Qur’an during Taraweeh prayer

7056_464203773664758_1393706982_nFatwa No : 83531
Holding Qur’an during Taraweeh prayer
Fatwa Date : Ramadan 26, 1422 / 13-12-2001
I have seen many people holding Qur’an while praying Taraweeh. I want to know if it is a allowable or not?

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the World; and blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
It is lawful for both the Imam and the one praying behind him to read from a Mus-haf during prayers including the Qiyyam (night prayer). There are many evidences for this rule. The most explicit evidence is the Hadith reported by Al Bukhari from Aisha () and which mentions that Thakwan – Aisha’s slave – used to pray as her Imam reading from the Mus-haf.
But if one can recite the Qur’an from memory that is better. As for holding the Mus-haf for the Maamoum (the one praying behind the Imam) it is not desirable as it is not reported from any of the Salaf (rightly guided predecessors). Such an act may also cause the praying person to leave the Sunnah of putting the right hand on the left hand on the chest in the prayer which is a Sunnah.
Allah knows best.

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