QUESTION: In case where a recorder is turned on and the recitation is played but some of the surrounding people do not listen to it, because they are busy talking to one another, what is the rulings concerning their not listening to the Quran, are these people sinning or just the person who plays the Quran on recorder?
Answer:    The   answer   to  this issue varied  depending   on  the different  scenarios   in which  the Qur'aan   is  being   recited   from the recorder.  So if the scenatio is a gathering of knowledge,remembrance and recitation of the Qur'aan,  then  in this situation,  it Is  obligatory    to  pay  complete attention    to   it   And   whoever doesn't      do    so,    is   sinning because      he    is   disobeying Allaah's      statement       in    the Qur'aan:    
  "And    when    the Qur'aan is recited,  then listen to  it  and  remain   silent,   in order that you may receive mercy. II (Surah AI-A 'raaf: 204)
And if it is not a gathering  of knowledge, remembrance and recitation   of  the   Our'aan,    but rather, a normal gathering   such as  when   a   person   works   at home or studies  or I esearches; then  in  trus situation   it  is  not permissible    for  this  person   to turn  the  recorder  on  and  raise the volume of the recitation  such that the sound  reaches  the ears of  the  other  people   inside  the house or gathering.
This  is  since,  in this  scenario, these  people         are      not responsible   for  listening  to  the Qur'aan,    since   they   did   not gather   for  that   occasion.   The one who      will      be     held accountable   is the  person  who raises the volume on the recorder and causes everyone to hear it This is since he is burdening  the people and forcing  them to listen to the Our'aan in a situation  in which they  are not prepared  to do this type of listening.
The   closest   example   we  can give  of  this  is  when  one  of  us walks  down  a street  and  hears the sounds      of    the    butter merchant  and the falafel  sellers as  well   as  the  one  who  sells these  recorded  cassette  tapes.
So the sound  of the Quran fills the street   and wherever  you go you hear Its  sound   So are those people   who  walk  on  the  street everyone   on  tus separate   way responsible     and    requrred   to remain   silent   for   thiS  Qur'aan that is being recited  in other than its proper  place?1 No, rather  the one who will be held accountable is only  the  person  who  burdens the  people   by  causing   them  to hear  the  sound  of the  Our'aan, whether   because   he does  it for business   purposes   or  because he wants to get people’s attention or for whatever other materialistic gains he does it for.
So therefore,they are treating the Quran form one perspective as musical instrument,as occurs in ahaadith,so they are purchasing a small gain with Allah’s verses throught this method which differs from the method used by the jews and the Christians about whom Allah said:
‘’The Purchased a small gain with the verses of Allah’’ (at-Tawbah 9)
Imaam Muhammad Naasirudeen Al-Albanee.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited
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