Do you Read the Quran Backwards?

Reading the Quran is a daily activity for all Muslims. We read and recite the Quran in salah and on many occasions during the day like when reciting adhkar as well. When we read from the book itself we always follow certain rules to make sure we are in an optimum spiritual condition. We perform wudu, turn off any distractions, we make sure to understand meaning and marvel upon them. But do we read the Quran backward? Read along to find out. 

You can’t read the Quran backward as in reversing words or verses. However, you can read the Quran in a non-chronological order. You can start with any surah you wish regardless of its place in the book. You may read any few verses of your choice. 

Can you read the Quran Backwards?

quran to answer do you read the quran backwards

It depends on what you mean by backward. If you mean backward in non-chronological order, as in reading the last surah before the first or starting with a surah from the middle and continuing to the beginning, surah by surah then yes. You don’t have to read the Quran in chronological order at all. Also, you can read in any order you wish. You can read any surah individually or a few verses of your choice. As long as you read the verses in order not backward. Keep reading to find out why. 

Do you read the Quran from right to left?

If you are reading the Quran in Arabic you have to read from right to left. The Arabic Language is read from Right to left. If you are reading the Quran in any other language it may differ. If you are reading the English version then you will be reading from left to right. 

What is the correct way to read the Quran?

There is no correct way to read the Quran except if you read it in Arabic following the tajweed rules. These are linguistic rules that enable you to read the words and letters properly. The same way the prophet Muhammed used to read them. Tajweed was developed later after Muhammed died to facilitate the reading of the Quran for non-Arabic natives. 

Is it haram to read the Quran in English?

No, it is not haram to read the Quran in English to understand its meanings. However, for prayers, you have to read it in Arabic and overall learning how to recite the Quran in Arabic is preferred. 

How to learn the Quran in Arabic?

  • Learn Arabic language Basics
  • Sign up for a Quran class, check our Quran classes at
  • Learn tajweed rules and read Quran properly 

What is Tankees?

Reading the Quran backward as in reversing the letters of each word is haram. This phenomenon is known as Tankees. Tankees is believed to be used by people who perform magic to attract devils and hurt other people. Don’t even try it on your own for fun or experiment nor read further in the matter. 

This is why you should never reverse the words of the Quran. Read the Quran in any order you wish but don’t reverse words or verses. Remember when reading the Quran, you are reading to get closer to Allah so you have to approach the Quran with respect and love and an open heart.  

What does reading surahs during salah in a reverse way mean?

During salah, you don’t have to follow chronological order. After you have read surah Al Fatiha, which is the first surah of the Quran, you may read surahs or verses from any part of the Quran. Yet follow the order of the verses, don’t reverse words or verses, and if you do so by mistake make sure you ask for Allah’s forgiveness. 

Where to start reading the Quran?

You can start reading the Quran from any page you wish. Starting from the beginning of the end it is permissible. Some people like to start with the last or the 30th part as it is considered the easiest part. It is composed of a small surah that is easily read, understood, and memorized. 

What is the correct order of the Quran?

There is no correct order to read the Quran. You can read the Quran in any order as long as you don’t reverse letters or verses. 

How to understand the Quran?

To understand the Quran meaning you can read tafsir. Tafsir is the branch of Islamic sciences concerned with explaining the meanings of the Quran. You can also watch tafsir lessons in video or listen to them as audiobooks. 

Can I read the Quran even if I am not very good at it?

Yes, you can. And you will gain double the reward according to the following hadith: 

Hadith on Reading the Quran 

It was narrated from Aisha that the Messenger of Allah(ﷺ) said: “The one who is proficient with the Quran will be with the noble and righteous scribes (the angels), and the one who reads it and stumbles over it, finding it difficult, will have a double reward.”

“قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ ‏ “‏ الْمَاهِرُ بِالْقُرْآنِ مَعَ السَّفَرَةِ الْكِرَامِ الْبَرَرَةِ وَالَّذِي يَقْرَؤُهُ يَتَتَعْتَعُ فِيهِ وَهُوَ عَلَيْهِ شَاقٌّ لَهُ أَجْرَانِ 

This means you can still read the Quran if you are not very skilled with it and still gain hasanat. 

Should you read the Quran fast or slow?

You should read the Quran at your own pace. Not too fast and not too slow. The speed that will enable you to understand and feel the ayat or verses sink in. The slower the better, and if you follow tajweed rules it will be the best way to read the quran. 

How long does it take to read the Quran for non-Arabic speakers?

Reading the Quran in Arabic is different from reading it in your mother tongue. Of course, it will be easier to read it in your language but it is preferred to learn how to read it in Arabic. Usually a page should take you about fifteen minutes. 

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