Is It Permissible To Annotate the Quran?

Question: I have a translation of the Quran in English and I was wondering if it is permissible to highlight a verse or to even write on the side of the pages?

Answer: Yes, it is permissible to make notes while studying the Quran, as long as one maintains adab in doing so. In fact, many scholars of the Quran have done this in the past without any harm. Most of the respected and knowledgeable scholars also support this view and they even point out that there is precedent for taking notes from the practice of the companions (May Allah be pleased with them).

Here we must emphasise the importance of maintaining proper etiquette and respect when making notes. The more adab one upholds the greater the benefit one can derive from the practice of taking notes while studying the Quran. This indicates that taking notes can be a valuable tool in deepening one’s understanding of the Quran, but it must be done with the utmost care and reverence.

Here are some tips to help maintain adab while taking notes:

  1. Start by performing ablution (wudu) and make dua (supplication) to seek guidance from Allah before you begin studying the Quran.
  2. Choose a clean and quiet place to study the Quran, where you will not be distracted or disturbed. This can be a room or a designated area in your home.
  3. Use a clean and neat notebook or notepad to make your notes. Avoid using scraps of paper.
  4. Use a pencil or a pen with light ink to avoid bleeding through the pages and to prevent damage to the Quran.
  5. When writing notes, avoid using language that is disrespectful, crude, or sarcastic. Instead, use a respectful and humble tone, and avoid making judgments or assumptions.
  6. When finished studying, place the Quran in a respectful and clean location, such as on a high shelf or a designated bookshelf. Avoid placing it on the floor or in a location where it may be damaged or disrespected.

By following these tips, you can maintain adab while highlighting and taking notes in the Quran, and deepen your understanding and appreciation of the Quran.

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