TRADING THE QUR’AAN FOR A MISERABLE PRICE

THE HYPOCRITE QAARIS

TRADING THE QUR’AAN FOR A MISERABLE MONETARY PRICE

QUESTIONS

(1) A Brother queries:

The trend of paying a qaari for Qur’aan recital is becoming more common. The payment for his recital is per qiraat. It excludes flights, meals, accommodation, tours, etc. Is it correct for a Qaari to have a set fee per recital? Is it permissible to contribute to such a fee? Is it permissible to attend such programs?

(2) Another Brother says:

I am sending an article by Bashir Patel and Zaheer Zardaad. The hypocrisy is outrageous. Please comment on the hypocrisy of today’s qaaris. (The article by Qaari Bashir Patel is reproduced hereunder –The Majlis)
(3) A third Brother states:

Apparently a qaari whom The Majlis had banged some time ago wrote this (the reference is to Qaari Bashir Patel’s article appearing hereunder – The Majlis). Some people jumped down his throat for exposing this (treachery of trading the Qur’aan for miserable monetary gain – The Majlis).

There was supposed to have been a Qiraat program this week (December 2019) in Gauteng, but was cancelled when the public heard of the exorbitant amount the hosts had to pay the qaari. There is currently an Egyptian qaari in South Africa engaging in the qiraat business. Perhaps The Majlis can comment on this.

Bashir Patel’s article

PAY UP, OR NO QUR’AN ENTERTAINMENT!!

(The Scourge of Qaris for Hire)

By Qari Basheer Patel

A rose by another name is a rose – a fee by another name is a fee.

In the last 2 decades an ill has crept into our society where we pay visiting qurra for reciting the quran. This trend progressed and some local qurra began charging for their recitals. This was followed by speakers charging for their talks. To crown all this, agents or middlemen sprung up and started placing markups! (can we imagine the masjid mutawallis making a cut before paying the imam, muazzin or teachers?) we’ll call that theft!

Many of us try to justify this in various ways:

We call it a gift. Is a gift anticipated, forget stipulated.

Do we set up collection drives for forwarding gifts?

Do I refuse to recite if I’m not guaranteed a gift?

When these questions can’t be answered, we say, “we’re paying for his time”. Its now very confusing. Are we giving him a gift (which comes without having to render a service) or are we paying a fee for his ‘time’ (which is after rendering a service), as he also has a family to support?

The concept of paying for his ‘time’ is flawed in itself. Later scholars permitted the paying of teachers, imams and muazzins saying saying that we’re paying for time and not deeni knowledge. This was due to fear of slowly losing deeni knowledge as people will be busy earning their livelihood and find no time in teaching us deen. So it was allowed through necessity. In the case of a visiting qari, does that fear exist?

Secondly, is his time worth $1500 per hour whereas your imam doesn’t earn that in a month? Worse off is the muazzin who often doesn’t earn that in a year and even worse than that is the Apa who taught you and me how to read Quran in the maktab. Haven’t they families to support? My suggestion to such a qari, “don’t leave your job if you can’t afford the time out”.

To my people, if we really need them, then look at the average daily wage we pay our imams and pay him that for each day + his economy travel and average accommodation.

Who brings value to our lives?

Today I sit as a qari through whom students graduate. الحمد لله I learnt by an Apa called my mother. Like me there hundreds of huffaz who learn basics from other apas who were not their mothers. Is their time not valuable?

Unlike the imam, muazzin or apa, what service did he render?

Quran is not for entertainment. It is for pondering over the message. You don’t need someone to read in the nahawand rhythm for that. Ask your child to read to you. He’ll become proficient, you’ll be rewarded and it’s FREE, and who knows – he’ll be a qari 1 day! Maybe he’ll perform the taraweeh and I’ll be inspired by listening to him!

Secondly, do we pay our local qurra those amounts? Do they have families to support? (i ask this although I disagree with paying them as well, and teach my students to read without any desire for payment).

Ibn Taymiyyah (RH) mentions that sahabah would gather in the masjid and ask one of them to start reciting while others follow. Can anyone tell me how much that sahabi was paid?

Let’s not be naive and make excuses for wrong.

Quran is nafl ibadah and not a service to be charged for.

(End of Qaari Bashir’s article)

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THE SPURIOUS AND STUPID JUSTIFICATION OF A MORON. MUNAAFIQ QAARI

In justification and vindication of the evil of selling qiraat for vile monetary gain by these devilish qaaris who will be the consumers of the pus of Jahannam’s inmates, one moron qaari presents the following absolutely spurious and stupid arguments:

1) Great qurraa like Sh. Abdul Baasit, Sh Mustafa Ishmaeel had also charged for their recitation.

2) Taking money for a recitation is permissible.

3) Qurraa take the money to support their own and extended families

4) The economy in Egypt is not forthcoming in providing appropriate revenue for professions.

The response for these stupidities follows hereunder.

THE COMMENTS OF RASULULLAH

(Sallallahu alayhi wasallam)

About these scoundrel mercenary qaaris who trot the globe selling their qiraat for miserable monetary gains, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

1) “Most of the munaafiqeen of my Ummah are its qaaris.”

2) “Seek the protection of Allah from Jubbul Huzun (The Pit of Grief).” The Sahaabah asked: “O Rasulullah! What is Jubbul Huzun?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“It is a Valley in Jahannam. Daily Jahannam itself seeks Allah’s protection (from the intense heat of this Pit) 400 times.”

The Sahaabah asked: “Who will enter it?” Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The qaaris who flaunt their deeds. Verily, the most detestable qaaris by Allah are those who visit the umaraa (the rulers and the wealthy).”
3) “Recite the Qur’aan. Do not eat with it.”

That is: Do not make the recital of the Qur’aan a source of livelihood.

These three Ahaadith describe the status of these miserable qaaris who have made the Qiraat of Qur’aan a commodity for earning haraam money. Allah Ta’ala revealed the Qur’aan Majeed for the hidaayat of mankind, not for manipulating and mutilating it for the sake of miserable, haraam remuneration in the manner perpetrated by these touring qaaris. They extort haraam money, and their hosts are complicit in this despicable robbery and looting in which the Qur’aan Majeed is used as the device for the acquisition of the haraam boodle.

There is Ijma’ (Consensus) of all the Fuqaha of all Math-habs on the prohibition of charging money for Qiraat. Paying a qaari for tilaawat of the Qur’aan (qiraat-selling) should not be confused with paying an Ustaadh for teaching the Qur’aan. Whilst even the latter is per se haraam, dire need (Dhuroorat) constrained the Muta-akh-khir Fuqaha to issue the Fatwa of permissibility. This was to safeguard the Deen. Therefore, if today an Ustaadh is self-sufficient, having an independent source of income, then it will not be permissible for him to accept a wage for teaching the Qur’aan or teaching Fiqh or Hadith or any branch of Deeni Ilm. He has to revert to the original law of the Shariah.

These qaaris are utterly shameless in their haraam trading of the Qur’aan Majeed. When Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), himself had described them as ‘munaafiqeen’, then what else other than such flagrant mutilation of the Qur’aan Majeed can be expected from these scoundrels who fail to understand the Fire they are ingesting into their obese bellies.

It is extremely insulting to intelligence to even respond to the stupid arguments of the moron qaari who attempts, albeit stupidly and abortively, to vindicate the despicable shaitaani trade of these miserable qaaris. Nevertheless, since the public (awaamun naas) is generally plagued by the disease of moronity, and the ignorant ones are quickly misled and deceived by even ludicrous stupidities, we feel constrained to respond.

The first stupidity

The moron says: Great qurraa like Sh. Abdul Baasit, Sh Mustafa Ishmaeel had also charged for their recitation.

Response

In which field of life were these qaaris ‘great’? Shaitaan is also ‘great’ in his sphere of life. The qaaris who were ‘great’ in the estimate of the moron held no pedestal in the firmament of Ilm and Taqwa. They were not authorities of the Shariah. They were globe trotters pursuing the boodle in the same way as the qaaris of today. All of them are equal in trading the Qur’aan Majeed for a miserable price.

These supposedly ‘great’ qaaris and today’s moron qaaris are all signs of Qiyaamah. Among the Signs of Qiyaamah according to the Hadith is that scholars for dollars will pursue the dunya and the dollars with the a’maal (acts of ibaadat) of the Aakhirah. A’maal, the objective of which is Allah’s Pleasure and reward in the Aakhirah will be practised for despicable nafsaani and worldly / monetary gains. These qaaris are a manifestation of this Sign of Qiyaamah.

Tilaawat of the Qur’aan is an amal for gaining success in the Aakhirah and for Allah’s Pleasure, but these miserable specimens of humanity are trampling recklessly on the Qur’aan Majeed for the sake of the haraam boodle.

By what stretch of brains and Shar’i logic can the haraam misdeeds of Abdul Baasit, etc. be presented in justification of the haraam misdeeds of their moron minions of today? The misdeeds of Abdul Baasit, etc. cannot abrogate the Shariah. Indeed this moron has sunk to the lowest dregs of jahaalat by citing the misdeeds of former qaaris as ‘daleel’ for the vile misdeeds of today’s moron qaaris.

The second stupidity

The fellow avers: Taking money for a recitation is permissible.
Response

This is a silly averment. It is not a daleel. He has not presented any Shar’i daleel to justify taking money for tilaawat of the Qur’aan Majeed.
The third stupidity

The deviate says: Qurraa take the money to support their own and extended families.
Response

No one is allowed by the Shariah to pursue haraam avenues for the acquisition of the Rizq which Allah Ta’ala has ordained for him. What type of stupidity is this? Stupidity too has divisions and sub-divisions. The silliness of the moron justifier of trading tilaawat of the Qur’aan appears to be in the worst class of stupidity. All people have families and extended families to feed. But this never justifies acquisition of Rizq in haraam ways.

These fellows should cut grass, and do other work even of a menial kind to earn instead of bartering away their Aakhirah thereby making themselves candidates for Jubbul Huzn (The Pit of Grief) in Jahannam. Never was the Qur’aan revealed to be a source of livelihood or to earn so much boodle to enable the qaaris to live in mansions like moron kings.
For the edification of the chap with deficient Imaan, it will be salubrious for him to be informed that Rizq has been pre-ordained by Allah Ta’ala. Nothing will increase or decrease the fixed amount of Rizq. However, there are two ways of acquiring one’s pre-ordained Rizq – a halaal way and a haraam way. Whichever route is adopted, the pre-ordained Rizq will be acquired. But each method of acquisition comes with its consequences.

It is totally unexpected of men of learning – of molvis, sheikhs and qaaris – to adopt a haraam way for acquiring their pre-ordained Rizq. Then they further aggravate their villainous sin manifold by their satanic justification of the haraam in which they indulge. One major sin is selling qiraat, and the other major sin is the kufr of justification with copro-arguments.
The fourth stupidity

Making a mockery of his brains, the moron says: The economy in Egypt is not forthcoming in providing appropriate revenue for professions.
Response

If the ‘economy in Egypt’ is unable to provide sufficient boodle for a life of waste and luxury such as the indulgences of these millionaire qaaris who grovel in the boodle and in obesity, it is not a daleel for halaalizing the haraam act of charging money for tilaawat of the Qur’aan Majeed. It is clear that shaitaan has urinated into the brains of this chap, hence he presents ludicrous and laughable stupidities as daleel to justify the haraam misdeeds of the mercenary qaaris.

Poor economy of any country does not justify haraam. Theft, robbery, fraud and selling the Qiraat for a miserable price never become halaal if sufficient funds for squandering and luxury are not available. Even for alleviating poverty and for assisting extended families, haraam may not be halaalized. Consuming a little pork to save one’s life in dire straits of starvation when halaal food is not available is a concession. But for the despicable objectives of these munaafiq qaaris, not an iota of haraam can be rendered halaal.

Not even a semblance of a sustainable daleel has been proferred to justify the major haraam act of selling Qiraat. The basis utilized for halaalizing the evil of selling tilaawat may also be used to pay someone to perform Salaat on a stage. Like Salaat, Tilaawat too is pure Ibaadat which is not a sale commodity.

It is haraam to contribute to these qiraat programmes. It is also not permissible to participate in any way.

14 Rabiuth Thaani 1441 – 11 December 2019

“hifz” MOCKERY OF THE QUR’AAN

“O my Rabb! Verily my people have made this Qur’aan an object of buffet (like a football).”  (Al-Furqaan, Aayat 30)

This will be the lament of Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) on the Day of Qiyaamah. This com-plaint will be against Muslims who subject the Qur’aan to non-sense, making it an ob-ject of entertainment and for the procurement of nafsaani and monetary objectives.
Among the haraam nonsensical activities in this regard are:
 Qur’aan competitions
 Recitations by fussaaq qaaris for public entertainment and monetary gain
 Youngsters taken to Madinah Munawwarah for an ostentatious Qur’aan khatam.
 Girls hifz parties
These activities are only one dimension of making the Qur’aan a nonsensical object for buffeting as if it is a football. There are other ways of forsaking, abandoning and buffeting the Qur’aan Majeed as well.
Qur’aan Competitions
Allah Ta’ala did not reveal His glorious Book for entertainment and for doling out prizes. Nor did Allah Ta’ala reveal the Qur’aan to be mocked and sung by fussaaq an fujjaar qaaris for monetary gain and public enter-tainment. While the participants in these competitions – the faasiq reciters and the faasiq audience – believe that they are engaging in acts of ibaadat, they are in reality making a mockery of the Qur’aan Majeed by misusing and abusing it. Never was it revealed for such despicable purposes for which it is being em-ployed nowadays.
The primary objective of the Qur’aan Majeed is to provide hidaayat (guidance) which is the way of salvation in the Aakhirah. With the Qur’aan the Aakhirah has to be secured.
Madinah Khatams
Another new bid’ah which has been devel-oped by some morons motivated by takabbur and riya, is to take their young hafiz to Madinah to make a khatam in Musjid Nabawi to enable them (the parents) to speak with stupid pride about their son having made a khatam in Musjid-e-Nabawi.
Nothing but ujub (vanity), takabbur (pride) and riya (show) impel the morons to em-bark on this wasteful exercise. From whence have they acquired this bid’ah? They are bereft of sincerity and aql (brains). If they are sin-cere they will not join the brotherhood of Shaitaan by being so waste-ful, squandering so much money journeying to Madinah for an activity which has no Shar’i significance.
If parents are truly happy on the occasion of the Hifz accomplishment of their child, fo-cusing on the wonderful treasure of reward awaiting them in the Aakhirah, they should acquit themselves with genuine shukr. They should express their heartfelt gratitude to Allah Ta’ala by means of giving Sadqah unostentatiously and silently to the Fuqara and Masaakeen. The practice of these jalsahs of riya and israaf, and merrymaking parties are satanic functions which are organized at the despicable cost of making a mockery of Allah’s Kalaam.
Girls Hifz
This too has become a practice of riya. It should be remembered that a girl is not an ob-ject of advertisement such as the females who are satanically utilized by the kuffaar to advertise and market com-mercial wares. The Muslim female is Aurah from head to foot, including her voice. But nowadays, jaahil parents are proud to crow like cocks and cackle like hens to inform the world of the hifz accomplishment of their daughters.
Ibaadat is not an act for advertisement. There is no need for the community nor for the neighbour to know if your daughter has be-come a haafizah. But today, this female ac-complishment is advertised and broadcast even on the satanic radio and internet media to gain maximum publicity for the parents who stupidly bask in their stupid pride.
Furthermore, parties are organized to give maximum publicity for the event and the ac-complishment of the girl. Then to compound this villainy, the girl is showered with gifts as if she has become a bride. Was this the contemptible purpose for which she became a haafizah?
Does one perform Salaat, fast and make Tilaawat for gaining publicity? Are these acts of ibaadat for the acqui-sition of praise and ac-colades and monetary gifts and gains? Just as Salaat and Saum are private acts of ibaadat, so too is the accomplish-ment of Hifz. It is never the subject of a party and jalsah of riya, takabbur and israaf.
A girl has to be con-cealed, not projected and exhibited in public. The kuffaar exhibit their females in adver-tisements. Muslims are now advertising their girls via the medium of the Qur’aan Majeed. They utilize the Qur’aan Majeed to ruin and eliminate the haya (natural shame and Imaani modesty) of their daughters. This attitude and customs are most disgusting.

THE MAJLIS 25/5

QAARIS AND SHEIKHS

JUHHAAL AND FUSSAAQ

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallahu anhu) narrated that Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “During Aakhiruz Zamaan (the era in close proximity to Qiyaamah) there will be juhhaal ubbaad and fussaaq qurraa’.” The ‘worshippers’ will be juhhaal – absolute morons. They will interpret bid’ah as Sunnah and rejection of bid’ah as rejection of Sunnah. The qaaris will be fussaaq – vile, flagrant sinners. Both categories of villains are in abundance in this era. The so-called khaanqah sheikhs are among these juhhaal. They are scandalously ignorant of the meaning of Tasawwuf. Their brand of sufi’ism is in fact satanism. They are in the fake ‘sufi’ business for monetary and other worldly motives. The qaaris are among the worst fussaaq. A mockery of the Qur’aan is made in qiraa’t competitions and displays by these clean-shaven qaaris as well as by other reciters who extravagate money for their Qur’aan recitation. In other narrations they are described as munaafiqeen and absolutely rotten – rotten to the core.

THE ‘QAARIS’ OF THE AZAADVILLE JALSAH

THE MUNAAFIQ, FUSSAAQ ‘QAARIS’ OF THE AZAADVILLE SHAITAANI JALSAH

The following article was presented by a Student of Deen of the Azaadville Madrasah:

“by Doctor Abû Anas Muhammed Mûsa Nasr, Translated by Yahya Adel Ibrahim

Taken from the book: Al-Munafiqun: The Hypocrites According to the Quran was-Sunnah
‘Uqbah bin ‘Aamir (ra) narrates that Rasul ul Allah (saaw) said:

“The majority of the Munafiq’s found in my Ummah are its Quraa’[1].” [Sahih: Reported by Ahmed, at-Tabrani and others. See Sahih al-Jami‘ #1203]

al-Imam al-Manawi (rh) in Fayd ul Qadir comments on this hadith by saying

“They are those who interpret it to mean other than what was intended, and they place it in its wrong place. They may also memorize its words while not accepting its dictates. The Munafiqun during Rasul ul Allah (saaw) time were of this persuasion.”
Az-Zamakhshari (rh) comments:

“Rasul ul Allah (saaw) meant Riyaa’ when he mentioned Nifaq. Since both of these characteristics signify an outer deed that is contrary to the inner belief.”
It is also stated that Rasul ul Allah (saaw) meant the Nifaq of ‘Amal not the Nifaq of Kufr.

The Munafiq outwardly displays belief in Allah to ensure the security of his property and life, while denying belief internally. The person who has Riyaa’ outwardly displays the deeds that earn a great reward in al-Akhira (Hereafter) while seeking for these deeds a handsome share in the worldly life. A (misguided) Qari outwardly proclaims that he seeks reward from Allah alone while seeking to have people praise him, his knowledge and deeds. The three all have one thing in common – their hidden intentions are different to their public actions.
For this reason al-Imam al-Ghazali (rh) states:

“Beware of Quraa’ if they have these four characteristics:

* Al-Amal (Hope for worldly reward and renumeration)

* Al-‘Ajlah (hastiness in seeking reward for his deeds)

* Al-Kibr (Pride and boastful arrogance)

* Al-Hasad (Wishing to have what others possess while also wishing for them to lose their possession, namely, envy).”
In seeking a share of the Dunya (Worldly life) a misguided Qari may do all that is deviant, and unethical. He may lie, defame, slander and cheat in a manner of which a criminal would be ashamed.
Al-Imam an-Nawawi (rh) states:

“I do not fear to be slandered except by al-Quraa’ and al-‘Ulamaa’ (who have been led astray).”
Those who heard him say this showed their aversion to the statement. He replied,

“I am not the orginator of the statement. Ibrahim an-Nakha‘i (rh) preceded me.”
‘Attah (rh) said:

”Beware of al-Quraa’. If I was to disagree with one of them about (something as insignificant) as the state of a fruit by saying it is sweet and they saying it is rotten; they would seek to have my blood sanctioned (my death or punishment) from a tyrannical Sultan (ruler).”
Al-Fudayl bin ‘Iyyad (rh) said to his son:

“Purchase a home that is at a great distance from the (deviant) Quraa’. What do I need (or benefit) from them? If one of my shortcomings is uncovered they will seek my demise. And if one of my virtues were to be made public they would envy me for it. You see that they are arrogant, unaccommodating, and surly in their dealings with people. It is as if they feel that their prayer is greater than everyone else. They act as if they have received a divine revelation promising them Jannah and salvation from the Fire. It is as if they seek personal happiness and satisfaction while seeking the wretchedness of all others. Yet, with all of this arrogance and conceitedness they will dress in shabby garments acting meek (to appear humble).”

End of the Abridged words of al-Manawi (Vol. 2 Pg. 80-81).
The Hadith that we have been discussing is a clear example of the prophetic knowledge of Rasul ul Allah (saaw).
I have encountered a great many of these type of misguided Quraa’ prophesied by Rasul ul Allah (saaw).[2]
Our Muslim ummah has been afflicted with Quraa’ who have mastered the articulation and pronunciation of the Quran, but do not implement any of its dictates or obligations. Many of these reciters indulge in major and minor sins without seeking to correct their ways. There are those who are mesmerized by the musical incantations of popular singers; others are addicted to cigarettes and Hashish. We seek refuge with Allah from all of this.
Furthermore, there are those who have turned their recitation of al-Quran into a vocation seeking the lowly fare of the worldly life. Commercialism of al-Quran has become widespread in the Muslim lands. The reciters seek compensation for reciting on special occasions of joy or sorrow; if not promised compensation they would not recite.
The Quran to them no longer carries a meaning. The general population listens to it as if it is a song or a play.
Some of the Quraa’ take pride in the fact that their recitations are sold in America on the A side of Arabic music tapes, or that they used his voice in a movie. They also use the Quran to support a certain political agenda. After the signing of the Palestinian-Israel Peace treaty a particular Qari was instructed to recite:
“But if they incline to peace, you also incline to it, and (put your) trust in Allâh. Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.” [Al-Anfal 8:61]
When this particular Qari passed away they found that he had a fortune in gold earned from his recitations. These are those who recite the Quran and it does not pass their trachea (they do not act upon it). They do all of these deviant deeds while thinking that they are in a state of goodness.
As for those who are upon the truth – small in number they may be – they recite the Quran in the best possible manner while they order its injunctions and do not transgress limits. They adjust their lives in accordance to its dictates and believe in it completely; they remain awake during the night hours engaged in its recitation and act upon its instructions in the daytime; they cling to the book with strength, studying it, teaching it and acting upon it. Surely they are chosen by Allah and known as Ahlul Quran (The People of al-Quran).
We ask Allah to include us with Ahlul Quran.”
OUR COMMENT

Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“The majority of the munaafiqeen of my Ummah are its qaaris.”

In one narration Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said that in Jahannam there is a department called, Jubbul Huzn (The Pit of Grief). Daily Jahannam itself seeks Allah’s protection 400 times from the intensity of the heat of this Pit. This Pit of Grief has been specially created for these hypocritical qaaris.

It is not permissible to be associated in any way with these scoundrels who utilize the Qur’aan Majeed as if it is a football. They are all Satanist who misuse the Qur’aan for carnal gratification.

23 Jumaadiyuth Thaani 1440 -1 March 2019