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Sitting in a Way that Gives Respect to What One Is Reading

7th October 2015

Although this is not explicitly mentioned in any authentic hadeeth and, indeed, Allaah سبحانه و تعالى praises those who remember Him standing, sitting or while lying on their sides [1], many scholars believe that there is a relationship between the way one sits while reciting the Qur'aan and how much one benefits from said recital. 

They suggest facing the Qiblah and sitting in the same posture that one sits in while in prayer. Perhaps sitting in a special manner to read the Qur'aan will remind the reader that what he is reading is special. 

Many scholars, including Imaam an-Nawawi رحمه الله, record ahaadeeth stating that the best sitting is that wherein the person is facing the Qiblah. There is, for example, a hadeeth that states, "Everything has a most noble aspect to it and the most noble sitting is wherein one faces the Qiblah." [2] 

If a person finds that sitting in a certain respectable fashion improves his reading and understanding of the Qur'aan, then it is good for him to sit in that fashion. However, it cannot be considered a must. [3] 



"Those who remember Allaah standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides." (Soorah Aali 'Imraan, 3:191) 

[2] Recorded by Imaam at-Tabraani رحمه الله in al-Awsat. The chain of this hadeeth was graded hasan by scholars such as Imaam al-Haithami رحمه الله, Imaam as-Sakhaawi رحمه الله and Imaam al-Mundhiri رحمه الله. However, Shaykh Muhammad Amr 'Abdul-Lateef noted that the chain of the hadeeth is good except for Imaam at-Tabaraani's رحمه الله own source, Ibraaheem Ibn Muhammad al-Himsi, who, as Imaam adh-Dhahabi رحمه الله described him, is not reliable. Hence, it is considered weak. Allaah knows best. See Tabyeed as-Saheefah bi-Usool al-Ahaadeeth ad-Da'eefah

[3] How to Approach and Understand the Quran, pp. 107-108 

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