Completing the Qur’an in Three Months for One who is Ill: Sheikh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr

The following question was posed to sheikh ‘Abd al-Kareem al-Khudayr during the radio program Noor ‘Alaa al-Darb:

سؤال: لا أستطيع ختم القرآن الكريم في شهر؛ لشدة ما أعانيه من مرض يُضعفني عن القراءة، فهل يجوز ختم القرآن لمدة تصل إلى ثلاثة أشهر؟ ـ

Question: I am unable to complete the Qur’an in one month due to the difficulty I face from an illness which makes me too weak to recite. Is is permissible for me to complete the Qur’an over a period of three months?

الجواب: {لاَ يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْساً إِلاَّ وُسْعَهَا} [البقرة: 286]، فإذا كان لا يستطيع أن يختم في شهر أو أقل من شهر فإنه يختم في المدة التي يتمكن فيها من قراءة القرآن؛ لأن هذا من ضمن التكاليف الشرعية التي تسقط عند العجز، فإذا عجز عن ذلك فلا يكلف الله نفسًا إلا وسعها، وإذا حبسه المرض عن تحقيق ما يريد وكان قبل ذلك يفعله كأن كان يقرأ في كل سبع، ثم بعد ذلك مرض وصار لا يطيق ذلك كُتب له من الأجر ما كان يعمله صحيحًا، وإذا كان السفر يعوقه عما كان يفعله في الحضر كُتب له ما كان يفعله مقيمًا، وهذا من فضل الله -جل وعلا- ولطفه بعباده. ـ

Response: 

لاَ يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْساً إِلاَّ وُسْعَهَا

Allah does not charge a soul beyond its capacity [2:286]

So if he is not able to complete the Qur’an in a month or less then he should complete it in the amount of time which it takes him to complete it. That is because this falls under the legal responsibilities of the Sharee’ah which are dropped when one is unable to fulfill them. So if he is unable to do that, then Allah does not charge a soul beyond its capacity.

If he is restricted by some illness from actually performing what he would like to do and what he used to do before his illness – for example if he completed the Qur’an once a week but then after falling ill became unable to maintain that – then the reward of what he used to do when he was healthy will still be recorded for him. Or if travel prevents one from doing the actions that he used to regularly do while not traveling, then the reward of what he used to do while in his place of residence will still be recorded for him. This is our of Allah’s bounties and kindness towards His slaves.

وهذا السائل وهو مريض ومع ذلك يتكلَّف وأيضًا كأنه يتأثم لعدم القدرة على الختم في شهر، ولا شك أن هذا من حرصه على قراءة القرآن، وحرصه على نفع نفسه بكسب الحسنات، فكيف بالسليم المعافى الذي يهجر القرآن وتمر عليه الأيام ولا ينظر في عهد الله ولا في كتابه؟! هذا محروم لا شك. ـ

This questioner is suffering from an illness, but despite that he is still holding himself responsible for fulfilling this act and it is as if he thinks that he has committed a sin by being unable to complete the Qur’an within a month! Undoubtedly this is born out of his love of reciting the Qur’an and eagerness to benefit himself by earning some rewards. So then, what about a normal person in good health who abandons the Qur’an and lets days pass by without looking at Allah’s covenant and Book?! Without a doubt, such a person has been deprived of good.

[As found on the sheikh’s website here]

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

See also: The Different Frequencies of Completing the Qur’an

See also: A Reward Without Interruption: Tafsir al-Tabari

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