Do You Need Wudu to Read English Quran? 


Asslamo-alaikum Wa rahmatullah Hi Wa BarakatuH!

The revered Book of Allah is a descendant from great majesty and must be dealt with honor, homage, and respect. The first principle of holding the Quran is to perform Ablution. Yes, the wudu (Ablution) that will purify the Muslims from all sins, dirt, and trespass. 

Indeed, it is necessary to perform ablution before you even touch the Holy Quran. This is both a sign of your respect towards the Book of Allah as well as a way to stay away from sins. Besides, performing Ablution is a great way to maintain cleanliness as well. 


What does Allah Say About Cleanliness?

Indeed Allah loves those who always turn to Him in repentance and those who purify themselves.” (Al-Baqarah 2:222)

According to this ayah, it is evident that Allah likes cleanliness and those who purify themselves for the sake of Allah. There are many verses in the Quran signifying purity, Cleanliness, and neatness before performing the Worship of Allah. 

Table Of Contents

Do You Need Wudu to Read English Quran
Is Wudu Needed For Reading the Quran?
Using Mobile Phone While Reading Holy Book
Can We Read Furqan-e-Hameed Without Wudu On Mobile Phone?
Can I Read the English Translation of Kur’an Without WUDU?
Can We Recite or Memorize the Verses Without Wudu?

Do You Need Wudu to Read English Quran?

The matter of Quranic verses must be dealt with proper cleanliness, respect, and purity. No matter at what time you recite or read the Holy Quran, whether its through your book or through anyother way, it is highly important to perform Ablution. Apart from performing Ablution, it is highly important to pay attention to every word whether it is published in another language. 

On this topic the consensus takes place among the ulama, particularly four big Fuqaha- Imam Abu Hanifah- Imam Abu-Shafi- Imam Malik-Imam Ahmad: they said that the copy of the English Quran that is published without the Quran/Arabic language is prohibited. 

As long as it is contained in the Arabic version. The Quran is the only Quran that can be read, listen to, or published in Arabic version must be touched and read with ablution. 

Is Wudu Needed For Reading the Quran?

Being a Muslim, it is recommended to perform ablution, clean the place of reading the Quran, and make sure that you are wearing clean clothes. Touch the Holy Book with neat and clean Hands. 

Reading, Listening, or writing the Quran all comes under the category of worshiping Allah. That must be accompanied by proper rules and etiquettes of reading the Holy Quran

According to the hadith: 

حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ عِيسَى، حَدَّثَنَا شَرِيكٌ، عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ عَامِرٍ الْبَجَلِيِّ، – قَالَ مُحَمَّدٌ هُوَ أَبُو أَسَدِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو – قَالَ سَأَلْتُ أَنَسَ بْنَ مَالِكٍ عَنِ الْوُضُوءِ، فَقَالَ كَانَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَتَوَضَّأُ لِكُلِّ صَلاَةٍ وَكُنَّا نُصَلِّي الصَّلَوَاتِ بِوُضُوءٍ وَاحِدٍ ‏.‏

Abu Asad b. ‘Amr said

“I asked Anas b. Malik about ablution. He replied: The Prophet (ﷺ) performed ablution for each prayer and we offered (many) prayers with the same ablution”.

Sunan Abi Dawud, 171

According to this narration: he must perform wudu before praying, worshiping, or reading the Almighty manuscript. 

Using Mobile Phone While Reading Holy Book!

Will you pay attention to your elders when they talk to you, if you are just busy playing games on your mobile phones? No, this would be both disrespect to your elders and you won’t be able to learn the lesson they want to teach you. 

Likewise, the Book of Allah is communicating to us. If one is praying or reading the Holy Quran, he/she must focus on the verses. So, to ensure this, try choosing a quiet place to recite the Quran. 

Can We Read The Holy Quran Without Wudu On Mobile Phone?

Many Quranic Apps have been developed on android/smartphones. It is forbidden to read the book of Allah digitally without doing wudu. It is published in Arabic version with English translation. Still, it is required to perform ablution First. 

Can I Read the English Translation of Quran Without WUDU? 

Do you need wudu to read Quran in English? Then the answer is “NO”. English translation, Tafseer, and verses meaning can be read without wudu as well as the Arabic words are not more than the Tafseer. You are free to read a translation of Qura’an, but that doesn’t mean that you are reading the Arabic Book of Allah.

Can We Recite or Memorize the Verses Without Wudu?

Holding the sculpture demands homage and respect on the highest level. So it is not free for you to go without cleanliness and start reading. The following verse tells us about purity: 

 “And Allah loves those who purify themselves”. (At-Tawbah 9:108)

Now it is clarified that if you are worshipping Allah for sake of his blessings you must fall under the criteria of what he demands. 


In this article we discussed, do you need wudu to read the English Quran? That is the most important topic for every Muslim out there, because digitally mobile has come in every access. Thus, we came to a conclusion, that the Enlish translation can be easily read without performing the Ablution. But when it is published in the Arabic language that requires the proper ablution.