Supplicating after the recitation of the Qur.aan

Reference: Fataawa Noor ‘alad-Darb – Question No.6324, Page 165, Volume 12

Question: We read the Qur.aan, and all Praise is due to Allaah [alone] we read a [complete] part (juz); so what is the ruling regarding the supplication we make after completing our recitation? Is this permissible or not?

Response: Allaah (‘Azza wa Jall) says:

{There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often}, soorah al-Ahzaab, aayah 21

And it is not from the guidance of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) that he would supplicate upon finishing the recitation [of the Qur.aan]. Rather, it has been established that while ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood (radhi-yAllaahu ‘anhu) recited from Soorah an-Nisaa, when he reached the aayah:

{So how [will it be] when We bring from every nation a witness and we bring you, [O Muhammad] against these [people] as a witness?}, soorah an-Nisaa, aayah 41

…the Prophet (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

«Enough for now», and when I turned to look at him, his eyes were shedding tears.[1]

And after this [recitation], the Messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did not supplicate, and nor did ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood.

However, if [on the odd occasion] someone were to say a short supplication, such as: ‘All Praise is due to Allaah [alone], O Allaah accept this [recitation] from me’ – not that it is from the Sunnah to do so, and nor that it is something to be said regularly [after each recitation], then I anticipate there is no harm in that.

[1] Transmitted by al-Bukhaaree and Muslim.

Abu 'Abdullaah

About Abu 'Abdullaah

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.