The Quran can be read on smartphones, according to a recent fatwa
By Hans Olav Arnesen
A recent fatwa states that it is permissible to read the holy Quran on your smartphone. At least within the United Arab Emirates, where the fatwa was issued, according to the National Post. That is good news for modern, wealthy and technology conscious Arabs. It is the Ifta centre of the Abu Dhabi General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Awqaf) that issued the fatwa, but it is not limited to smartphones. The fatwa claims it is also allowed to read the Quran on your PC, laptop or off the internet. It is not, however, allowed to hold a mobile phone in your hands when you conduct your prayers, according to another fatwa. The Awqaf used the following quote from the Quran to justify the fatwa:
«You are to read [the Quran] using whatever means possible, for that is better than not reading at all, and you will be rewarded greatly for doing so (20:73).»
The Awqaf has also issued a fatwa that allows non-arab speakers to pray in their native tongue, although they stess that one should strive to learn Arabic, and also attempt to memorize the Quran.