IBN AL-‘UTHAYMEEN: RULING OF PLAYING CASSETTES TO PREVENT SHAYTOON

Question: Oh Shaikh, there is a hadith from the prophet; if a person recites Surat ul-Baqarah in his home then the Shaytaan cannot enter, but if the Surah was recorded on a cassette [or any other electronic means, and then played], then does the same still occur? [i.e. is that sufficient to prevent the Shaytaan from entering?]

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymiin: No…no…an audio recording is nothing, it doesn’t benefit [in this regard], it cannot be said he [the house resident in this instance] has recited the Qu’ran [since the hadith mentions “that one recites…”], all that can be said is he has listened to a previous reciter on the recording.

Therefore, similarly if we were to record the adhaan [call to prayer] and then leave it at the microphone to play when the time for adhaan enters, then is that sufficient and fulfilling the right…

…and similarly if we were to record an inspiring and moving khutba of a khateeb and then when Friday comes we play it on the microphone and so the recording starts, ‘Assalamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu[!]” then the mu’adhin makes the adhaan and then the khutba begins [on the recorder]…then is that fulfilling the obligation? No, it is not.”

Translated by: Abu Muadh Taqweem Aslam

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