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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

In order to encourage one another to recite
the whole Quran several times in Ramadan,
every one of us writes down the Quranic
verse where he has stopped and what he has
understood from it. By the bounty of Allah,
this has encouraged us to recite the Quran
and understand the meanings of its verses.
Some of us completed the recitation of the
whole Quran once during the first ten days
of Ramadan. And it was the first time in their
life to complete it in such a short time.
Someone criticized what we were doing and
described it as ostentation and hence
prohibited. We therefore fear the loss of our
reward. Is what we are doing prohibited?
What evidence supports its being


All perfect praise be to Allah, the Lord of the
Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that Muhammad
is His Slave and Messenger.

We ask Allah The Almighty to reward you for
your keenness on doing good deeds, reading
the Book of Allah The Almighty, and
reflecting on its meanings. What you are
doing is permissible because you are
competing and cooperating in righteousness
and piety, which is encouraged by the
Quran. Allah The Almighty Says (what means):
{And cooperate in righteousness and piety,
but do not cooperate in sin and aggression.
And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is severe in
penalty.} [Quran 5:2] It is untrue that what
you are doing is prohibited.

What you are doing is simply a means, and
means are in principle permissible, not
prohibited. So, whoever says this action is
prohibited should support his view with
evidence. Moreover, it is not appropriate to
deem this act as involving ostentation. Does
the possibility of committing ostentation
while observing an act of worship render it
prohibited? No. So, the right thing is to say
that the one who engages in any act of
worship should beware of ostentation.
Finally, you should know that quitting an act
of obedience to Allah for fear of committing
ostentation is blameworthy, and so is doing
such an act out of ostentation! Al-Fudhayl
ibn ‘Iyaadh said, "Quitting an act for
the sake of people is ostentation, whereas
doing an act for the sake of people is
associating others with Allah."

Allah Knows best.


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