Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam
Question: Assalam alaykum
Is it permitted to read the Qur’an backwards?
I have been told that it can stop black magic.
Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
I’m unaware of such a ruling.
Reciting the Qur’an backwards is wrong and not religiously legislated. The jurists explicitly affirmed the dislikedness of reciting the various chapters (surahs) in reverse order, let alone the words themselves.
[Ibn ‘Abidin, Radd al-Muhtar ‘ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar]
And Allah Most High knows best.
[Ustadh] Tabraze Azam
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Tabraze Azam holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leicester, where he also served as the President of the Islamic Society. He memorised the entire Qur’an in his hometown of Ipswich at the tender age of sixteen, and has since studied the Islamic Sciences in traditional settings in the UK, Jordan and Turkey. He is currently pursuing advanced studies in Jordan, where he is presently based with his family.