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Must We Say ‘Qul’ ? – Shaykh Salih al-Fawzan, may Allah preserve him

Q: Is it permissible to recite surahs al-Falaq and an-Naas (the Mu’awidhataan) without pronouncing the statement of command ‘Qul’ (Say) at the beginning of the surah?

Shaykh Salih al-Fawzan, may Allah preserve him responded:

“This is not permissible, because ‘Qul’ is from the Qur’an, and whoever believes that it is not from the Qur’an, then no doubt they are a denier of the Qu’ran and are considered a disbeliever. This is because whoever rejects something from the Qur’an, even a single letter or statement, then they are a disbeliever in Allah, the Exalted and Majestic.

The word ‘Qul’ (Say) in the following verses…

قُلْ هُوَ ٱللَّهُ أَحَدٌ

 Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): “He is Allâh, (the) One. [Surah al-Ikhlaas; 112:1]

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ ٱلْفَلَقِ

  Say: “I seek refuge with (Allâh), the Lord of the daybreak [Surah al-Falaq; 113:1]

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ ٱلنَّاسِ

  Say: “I seek refuge with (Allâh) the Lord of mankind [Surah an-Naas; 114:1]

…and in other than these verses are Qur’anic statements, and it is obligatory to have faith in the entirety of the Qur’an, and to believe that its words and meanings are the Speech of Allah. Faith in every letter, statement, and verse in every surah is obligatory, and whoever denies or rejects anything from that is a disbeliever in Allah.”

Source: al-Qur’an al-Karim; Adaab at-Tilawati, Hifthuhu wa Nisyaanuhu, wa Fadhaa’ilu as-Suwar, p. 53-54 Darul Imam Ahmed

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