In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy
I am an employee and I read the Noble Qur’aan during break time at work but my manager forbids me to do so saying that this is the working time and it is not the time of reading Qur’aan. So what is the ruling on this affair? May Allaah reward you with good.
If you are not working, there is no harm in reading the Qur’aan; likewise (is the case) for the Tasbeeh (glorification), Tahleel (saying Laa Ilaaha Ill Allaah) and the Dhikr; and it is better than remaining quiet. However if reading keeps you busy and (due to it) you are not able to fulfill your work then it is not permissible; and this is because this time is specific for your work; so it is not permissible to keep busy with something that prevents you from working. [Source: Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz (rahimahullaah)] – [Al fataawaa al Hasaan fee ahkaam wa aadaab wa fadaa-il al Quraan p.102]
Translated by: Abu Zainab Muhammad Al-Hindee