Shaykh Ibn Baaz on Giving a Mus-haf to a Christian

In the Name of Allaah, the Compassionate, the Ever Merciful…

Shaykh ‘Abdul-‘Azeez ibn Baaz (may Allaah have Mercy on him), late Muftee of Saudi Arabia, was asked, “If a Christian requests a mus-haf from me, should I give it to him or not?” He replied:

You may not give him one, however, you can read the Qur’aan to him, so he could hear it. You could invite him to (the Religion of) Allaah and pray for his guidance, based on the Statement of Allaah, the Most High, in His Authoritative Book [what means]:

( And if any of the polytheists seek your protection, then grant him protection, so that he could hear the Speech of Allaah, then grant him passage safely. ) [9:6]

And the statement of His Messenger (may Allaah raise his rank and grant him peace) [what means]:

“Do not travel with the Qur’aan to the land of the enemy, as I fear they could get a hold of it.” [Muslim]

This proves that a non-Muslim is not to be given a mus-haf, to avoid him degrading it or playing with it. However, he can be taught, have the Qur’aan read to him, advised, and prayed for. If he accepts Islam he can be given a mus-haf.

Furthermore, there is no problem in giving him some books of tafseer or hadeeth, if it is hoped that he might benefit from them. He may also be given some translations of the meanings of the Noble Qur’aan.

Source: Majmoo’ Fataawaa of Shaykh Ibn Baaz (6/469-470). [Arabic]

Translated by: Moosaa Richardson

12 thoughts on “Shaykh Ibn Baaz on Giving a Mus-haf to a Christian

  1. As-Salaamu Alaykum,

    May Allah reward you for your efforts.

    I, and some others I know, have been curious of late whether or not a translation of the meaning of the Qur’aan with the original Arabic contained therein carries the same rulings as the Mus-haf (i.e., who can touch it, under what conditions (tahara), giving it to a non-Muslim, etc.). We heard from sources whose reliability is suspect that it does not, but when looking on the few websites we trust to be upon the methodology of the salaf (that are in english), we are unable to locate a definitive answer.

    Please benefit us with any knowledge you may have on the topic.
    Jazakallahu khayran.

    • wa ‘alaykas-salaam wa rahmatullaah. Shaykh Ibn Baaz was asked about translations of the meanings of the Quran into English, and he said they have the same ruling as books of tafseer. There is no problem for a non-Muslim to touch them, unlike the mus-haf (which is only or mostly Quran)
      His answer in Arabic is here:

  2. As-salam alaykum warahmatullahi wa barakatuh. I’ve been thinking about this matter for a long time as to what can be done about bookshops where anybody can just enter and buy a mushaf? This has been the reality here in Nigeria. Christians can just buy a mushaf from across the counter in bookshops selling Islamic Books.

  3. Assalamu alaykum ustaadh

    I’ve heard opinions that mention one can give a copy of the Quraan to non-Muslims as long as they do not degrade it. Do you know of this opinion from the salafi ulema?

    • Wa ‘alaykas-salaamu wa rahmatullaah. No, I don’t, but I’d love to learn about their statements if you could share them. Along with a reminder: Remember the definition of a mus-haf, it is what is mostly Quran, not Tafseer or translation.

  4. Assalamu alaykum

    If a Quran contains the Arabic text as well as the translation is it still considered a mushaf? And is it permissible to give to the non-Muslim?

    Baarallahu feek ustaadh

    • Wa ‘alaykas-salaamu wa rahmatullaah. The scholars consider what has the majority of its writing from the Quran to have the ruling of a mus-haf, and Allaah knows best.

    • wa ‘alaykas-salaamu wa rahmatullaah. The Speech of Allaah vs. the speech of the people (Arabic or any language) is the issue. If the Speech of Allaah (the Quran) is the majority, then the book has the ruling of a mus-haf according to the scholars.

  5. Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    I would like to know where is the original Quran […]

    BaarakAllaah feek

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    • The Quran is the Speech of Allaah, it is one Quran, whether recited upon tongues, memorized by hearts, or written in mushafs. There is no “original Quran” vs. “non-original Qurans.” It is the Quran when written, whether the writing of it is ancient or modern. This is the belief of Ahlus-Sunnah, and Allaah knows best.

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