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Talking during the recitation of the Qur.aan
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Question: What is the ruling regarding speaking during the recitation of the Qur.aan in general gatherings, such as playing the recitation on tape whilst a group of people are talking?

Response: Allaah (Ta`aala) says:

{So, when the Qur.aan is recited, listen to it...}, Soorah al-A`raaf, Aayah 204

So if we have a tape player which is playing the [Qur.aan] recitation of the reciter whilst we are talking, then either we turn off the tape player or we [be quiet and] listen to it (the recitation of the Qur.aan). As for remaining in mid-discussion as if we do not hear anything other than our voices, then this is contrary to the [expected] manners [we should] assume with the Qur.aan; So here I say, either turn off the tape player or [be quiet and] listen [to the recitation of the Qur.aan].

Shaykh Ibn 'Uthaymeen
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