Saying “Sadaqallahul atheem”

3 12 2007

We asked the following learned people:

“What is the Islamic understanding/ruling of saying “Sadaqallahul atheem” after reading the Quraan? We get many videos with this, and would like your advice on this matter. We are finding it strange, as we were not taught to say this… Is it a bidaa? If it is a bidaa, then are we correct to say it would be wrong for us to upload such videos on our website?”

Laila Nasheeba (

Wa Alaikoum Salaam,

The prophet(sa) said I leave behind two things. Whoever sticks to those two matter will never be misguided and never led astray. And they are the bookof Allah (Quran) and my example (The sunnah). – Muslim

Also all acts of worship must be done the way Allah and his prophet(sa) legislated. Reading the Quran is an act of worship and remembrance of Allah. There is nothing from the sunnah that states the Prophet(sa) used to say these words upon completion. There is also nothing from the companions that state they did this either. So thus yes this is a biddah and something that should be avoided. However if the person says it one time because heis moved by the words of Allah, this is ok.. but to say it every single time one recites the Quran, it becomes a bidah.

In regards to the videos – again if the person says it because he is moved by the words of allah, nothing is wrong with this.. so i say keep the videos for the recitor could be moved. Just make sure you post somewhere that it is not a sunnah to say these words every time one reads.

Laila Nasheeba
Managing Director
AlQuran Wa Sunnah Islamic Site of learning


Wished to stay Anonymous

Assalaamu Alaikum Warahmatullah,

We apologise for the late reply caused due to high level of enquires.

With regard to the quote ‘Sadaq Allahul Atheem’ according to the Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts:
Shaykh `Abdul-`Azeez Bin Baz
Shaykh `Abdullah bin Ghudayaan
Shaykh `Abdullaah bin Qu`ood
Shaykh `Abdur-Razzaaq al-`Afeefee
In fatwa 3303 P149 volume 4 of the Fataawa of the Permanent Committee:

The statement sadaq Allaahul ?Adheem after ending recitation of the Quraan is a bid?a (innovation) because the Prophet sal Allaahu alaiyhiwa sallam did not do it, nor the Rightly Guided Caliphs, nor the rest of the Companions radiy Allaahu ?anhum ? nor the scholars of the salafrahimahumallaah ? despite their abundance in reciting the Quraan, and their carefulness and their knowledge of its greatness.

So saying this (statement) and adhering to it at the end of therecitation is a newly invented innovation, and indeed it is established from the Prophet sal Allaahu alaiyhi wa sallam that he said:

Whoever brings something new into this affair of ours which is not from it, then it will be rejected. Reported by Bukhaari and Muslim.

And he said: Whoever does an action which is not from our affair then it will be rejected. Reported by Muslim.

And with Allaah is the tawfeeq. And may peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and his Companions.

Whether you can manually take it of every single video is a different thing, do what ever that which you can to the best of your ability and what ever you cannot do Allah (swt) will not hold you accountable.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at any time on the details provided below.

Sh Feiz Muhammad (

Asalaamu’alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatuhu,

All Praise is for Allaah, the One, and prayers and salutations upon His Messenger, his family and his companions.

-The saying of “sadaq Allaahul-‘Adtheem” after finishing reading of the Qur’an is an innovation. The prophet peace be upon him did not do this nor did the Companions (radhi-yallaahu ‘anhum) nor the Imaams of the (Pious) Predecessors (rahima-humullaah). This being with their vast reading and assistance in spreading it’s (the Qur’ân’s) message and knowing it’s rulings. So the saying of this and adhering to it after finishing the reading (of the Qur’ân) is an innovation. It has beenconfirmed on the authority of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) that he said:

((Anyone who introduces something into this matter of ours (i.e. Islaam), that which is not from it, will have it rejected)) – this (narration) is agreed upon (by both Imaam al-Bukhaaree and Imaam Muslim).

And in another narration:

((Anyone who does an act which is not in agreement with us, then he will have it rejected)) – narrated by Muslim.

-With regard to the ayat: “Say O Muhammad: Allah has spoken the truth” which some use as proof to justify this action in surat: (Al-Imran 3:95) – this is not speaking about this matter. Rather Allah was commanding him to explain to the people that Allah has spoken the truth in what he has said, in His books, the Tawrat, etc., and that he has spoken the truth in all that He had said to His slaves in the Tawrat the Injeel and all other revealed books. And he was speaking the truth in all that he said his slaves in his book the Qur’an. But this is not evidence that it is mustahabb to say “sadaqa allahu al-atheem” after reading the Qur’an or after reading some ayahs or a surah. This is not reported or known from the Prophet SAWS or his companions (radi allahu anhum).

When Ibn Masood recited to the Prophet SAWS from the beginning of surat ul nisa’a until he reached the ayat: “How will it be then, when we bring from each nation a witness and we bring you o muhammad as a witness against these people?” the Prophet SAWS said to him “Enough” Ibn Masood said: “I turned and saw that his eyes were filled with tears”, i.e. he was weeping of the mention of this great status on the Day of Resurrection which is mentioned in this ayat, Where Allah says: “How will it be then, when we bring from each nation a witness and we bring you – O Muhammad – as a witness against these people” (i.e. his ummah) The point here is that there is no basis in sharee’ah for adding these words “sadaqa allahu al-atheem” when finished reading the Qur’an. What is prescribed is not to do this, in accordance with the example of the Prophet SAWS and his companions (radi allahu anhum).

So if it is possible to erase this from your videos or replace it with others that dont have it then please do so, in light of what has been mentioned.

May the Almighty Lord grant you the highest of paradise for all your good work and grant you true and authentic knowledge so you can continue serving this beautiful deen.

Sh Feiz. Wa salam alaykum wa rahmatAallah.

Sh Yasir Qadhi


Although its best to avoid repetitively ending with that phrase, there is no need to edit it out of the videos.


Dr Khalid Khan (

Wa’alaikum Assalaam wa-rahamat ullaahi wa-barakaatuh,

All praises be to Allaah (Exalted is He and May Allaah Subhanahu-wa-Ta’alaa reward you for your question. I know of no evidence for saying SadaqAllaahul Adheem, this is neither reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) through any authentic hadeeth nor from a companion or the ones who followed them from the earlier generations.

No doubt whatever Allaah Subhanahu-wa-Ta’alaa has said is but the truth as Allaah Subhanahu-wa-Ta’alaa says:

“*Say: Allaah has spoken the truth*” (Aal ‘Imraan 3:95)

However, Allaah Subhanahu-wa-Ta’alaa has not instructed us to say these word whenever we finish reciting Quraan and the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) did not do this. This is like raising the hands and making Du’aa after each obligatory prayer which is never reported from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) despite many narrations concerning the impotance of Du’aa, importance of raising hands and asking, and more chance of Du’aa being accepted after an obligatory prayer.

Therefore this is an innovation and should not be promoted.

And Allah the Most Knowledgeable knows what is best and most correct.

May Allaah Subhanahu-wa-Ta’alaa help and guide us to do all that He is pleased with and his Peace and blessings be upon His last Prophet Muhammad.


Sh Shady Alsuleiman (

Wa Alaikom assalam,

saying “Sadaqallahul atheem” at the end of reciting the quran is no doubt not from the sunnah of the prophet (PBUH), to say it with the intention that it is part of the quran it a Bidaa, but to say it with the intention of Dua’a (I see it) there’s nothing wrong with it, because it means ‘Allah says the truth’.

May Allah give you strength on your good work.

And Allah Knows better

Kind Regards,
Brother Shady Alsuleiman

In light of this, we have decided to inshaa’Allah edit the videos with “Sadaqallahul atheem” being recited; and those videos that may have been overlooked by accident or hard to edit we ask Allah to forgive us.

Jazakumullahu Khairan.




2 responses

23 06 2008
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24 12 2008

jazakallah khairan katsira for this good information

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