||Swaying/rocking whilst reciting Qur'aan|
Question: Assalamoalaikum I
have heard that swaying or rocking while reciting the Quran is imitative of the
Jews. Is this true, and if so does this mean that it is reprehensible?
Jazakallah Khairun Wassalaam
Answer: In the name of Allah the All- Knowing
To sway or rock from side to side or backwards and forwards is not a Shariah
ruling. It is not from the teachings of the Quran or Hadith, but it is done out
of the habit of the individual.
Many Ulamaa have said that it is similar to the action of the Jewish form of
worship and that we should refrain from doing so. My humble opinion is also of
this nature. Ahadith show that to move to sway is not from the Islamic forms of
I will relate an incident which occurred that correlates to the above matter:
Once a non-Muslim teacher came to visit the Maddressa were I teach and on seeing
the children moving while reading the Quran, she commented that it is similar to
people who dance there bodies in rhythm with music, meaning to say that that the
children are moving in rhythm to the Quranic recitation like dancers do. Do we
want to portray this kind of image?
Lastly, I will say that a professional optician once said to me that rocking or
swaying in this manner while reading is harmful to the eyes and can even weaken
them. He made this statement in general but one can easily relate and adapt it
to Quranic recitation because as one moves the head and body while reciting, the
eyes are fixed to one portion of the Quran and move slowly over the verse read.
This uneven motion for the eyes is detrimental. It is better to stay still and
recite as one would do so in Salaah. And Rasulullah Sallahu Alaihi Wassalam
taught us how to read and achieve tranquility in Salaah by not moving or rocking
etc, Inshallah we should try to observe outside of Salaah in Quranic recitation
also. To move unnecessarily will also make a person tired and there is a
possibility that he will recite less do to this tiredness.
And Allah knows best.
Mufti AbuBakr Karolia
Article taken (with Thanks) from www.Muftisays.com