What is the minimum amount of time to complete reciting the Qur’an: Sheikh bin Baaz

Sheikh ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ibn ‘Abdillah bin Baaz, the former mufti of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was once asked the following question:

سؤال : ما أقل مدة يختم فيها القرآن؟

Question: What is the least amount of time in which one can complete his reading of the Qur’an?

جواب : ليس فيه حد محدود إلا أن الأفضل أن لا يقرأه في أقل من ثلاث كما في حديث عبد الله بن عمرو: ((لا يفقه من قرأه في أقل من ثلاث))، فالأفضل أن يتحرى في قراءته الخشوع والترتيل والتدبر، وليس المقصود العجلة، بل المقصود أن يستفيد . ـ

Response: There is no bottom limit for this except that what is best is to not recite the Qur’an in less than three days, as had come in the hadeeth of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr, “Whoever recites the Qur’an in less than three days does not understand it.” So what is best is to aim to have khushoo’, measured recitation, and contemplation during one’s reading of the Qur’an. The goal is not to be speedy. Rather, the goal is to get something out of it.

وينبغي أن يكثر القراءة في رمضان كما فعل السلف رضي الله عنهم ولكن مع التدبر والتعقل فإذا ختم في كل ثلاث فحسن . ـ

And one ought to increase his recitation during Ramadan, just as the salaf (may Allah be pleased with them) used to do. However they did this with contemplation and engagement. So if someone completes the Qur’an over the course of three days, then this is good.

وبعض السلف قال: إنه يستثنى من ذلك أوقات الفضائل وأنه لا بأس أن يختم كل ليلة أو في كل يوم كما ذكروا هذا عن الشافعي وعن غيره، ولكن ظاهر السنة أنه لا فرق بين رمضان وغيره وأنه ينبغي له أن لا يعجل وأن يطمئن في قراءته وأن يرتل كما أمر النبي عليه الصلاة والسلام عبد الله بن عمرو فقال: ((إقرأه في سبع)) هذا آخر ما أمره به، وقال: ((لا يفقه من قرأه في أقل من ثلاث))، ولم يقل إلا في رمضان، فحمل بعض السلف هذا على غير رمضان محل نظر. والأقرب والله أعلم أن المشروع للمؤمن أن يعتني بالقرآن ويجتهد في إحسان قراءته وتدبر القرآن والعناية بالمعاني ولا يعجل والأفضل أن لا يختم في أقل من ثلاث هذا هو الذي ينبغي حسب ما جاءت به السنة ولو في رمضان. ـ

And one of the salaf said, “There is an exception to this during times of virtue” and that it is fine to complete it every day or every night. This is just as some mentioned of al-Shaafi’ee and others. However what is clear from the sunnah is that there is no differentiation between Ramadan and the rest of the year, and that one ought not to be hasty. He should be at peace while he is reciting and he should recite at a measured pace, just as the Prophet (ﷺ) commanded ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr when he said, “Recite it in a week” and this was the last of what the Prophet told him to do, and he said, “Whoever recites the Qur’an in less than three days does not understand it” – and he did not say “except during Ramadan”. But some of the salaf understood this command to refer to the rest of the year outside of Ramadan, and there are different views regarding this. But what is closest to the truth – and Allah knows best – is that it is legislated for the believer to give importance to the Qur’an, to strive for excellence in one’s recitation, to contemplate the Qur’an, to be concerned with its meanings, and not to be hasty with it. And what is best is to not finish the Qur’an in less than three days. This is what one ought to do according to what has come in the sunnah, even in Ramadan.

[Taken from the sheikh’s website here.]

See also: Which is more virtuous: reading a small amount of the Qur’an with tarteel and contemplation, or a large amount quickly? – Ibn al-Qayyim

See also: Naseehah to the Qur’an: Sheikh Saalih al-Fawzan

See also: Can one take more than one month for reading the Qur’an with contemplation?: Sheikh bin Baaz

See also: How to benefit from reading the Qur’an during Ramadan: Sheikh Muhammad Bazmool

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