Ibn Taimiyyah: A Better Way to Divide Recitation of the Qur’ān over a Month


Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allāh have mercy on him, described a 29 day schedule for completing recitation of the Qur’ān closer to the way the Companions did that.

He said: “…[D]ivision by complete surahs takes precedence over division by parts [based on letter count].” (p. 412)

And from the great advantages of division by complete surahs, he mentioned (p. 414):

  • Reciting speech whose parts are connected, one part with another;
  • Beginning [one’s daily recitation] with that which Allāh began a surah with;
  • Finishing with that which He finished with;
  • Completing what was intended [to be completed] from every surah.

The chart below shows Ibn Taimiyyah’s recommended schedule for a 29 day completion:

Source: Majmū‘ al-Fatāwá, vol. 13, pp. 405-416