Fatwa Subject : The legal judgement regarding using the seven methods of recitation of the Holy Qur’an at one time
Fatwa Number : 6
Publishing Date : Sunday 4 Muharram 1426 AH, corresponding 13 February 2005 AD.
Fatwas Source : From the Fatwas Delivered by Shaikhul-Islam Ahmad Ibn Taimiah
Fatwa Reference : Majmu’ Al-Fatawa, Volume thirteen, Page 404.
Question: Ibn Taymiyah [may Allâh’s mercy be upon him] was asked about using the seven methods of recitation of the Holy Qur’an at one time. Is it Sunnah or Bid’ah (innovation in religion)? Did any one use these methods of recitation during the lifetime of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) or not? Is the one who learns these methods and uses all of them at one time in reciting the Holy Qur’an better than the one who recites with only one method of recitation?
Shaikh Al-Islam Taqiud-Din Abul-‘Abbas Ahmad bin Taymiyah praised Allah and said that the mere learning of the methods of recitation is Sunnah followed by the last generation who learnt from the first one. So, learning the method of recitation with which the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to recite the Holy Qur’an or approved it for the Companions or even gave them the permission to recite according to it is Sunnah. Bearing all this in mind, the one who is knowledgeable in the field of the methods of recitation and practices them is better than the person who knows only one method of recitation.
As for using more than one method of recitation while reciting the Holy Qur’an at one time whether while in prayer or otherwise, it is a reprehensible innovation in religion. On the other hand, using these methods of recitation for the sake of studying and memorizing the Holy Qur’an is a kind of respectable efforts exerted by some groups of people for learning the method of recitation.