Can a Muslimah learn the Quran online from a male teacher

Fatwa ID: 01788

Answered by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Question:

Is it allowed for a Muslim sister to learn Quran from Hafiz (male) via Internet-Online, only his voice is audible, no video?

Answer:

Bismillah

It will be best and more precautious that a Muslim woman finds another Muslim woman whether in her city or over the internet to teach her Tajweed and recitation of the Holy Qur’an.

If that is not possible and there is a need for Muslim women to learn Tajweed and the recitation of the Holy Qur’an so that they can teach it to other women in the city, then it will be permissible to learn from a male scholar as long as the following guidelines are met: 

  1. Male teacher should teach them from behind a screen.
  2. The women should not speak in a soft voice. Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Qur’an:“…then be not soft in speech…” (Surah Ahzaab v.32)
  3. The women should speak what is necessary. Ibn Nujaym in his Al-Ashbah has written, “What is permitted due to its necessity must be restricted to the level of necessity”.

Only Allah Knows Best

Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham.

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