Short Answer: Of course! The confusion comes from a verse which says only the “purified” can touch it, but scholars agree this refers to angels, not Muslims.
Salam alaykum (Peace Be With you) Dear Amy,
Thank you for your question.
We commend your pursuit of knowledge and your desire to deal in the best manner as per the teachings of Islam.
As you noted, some scholars have mentioned that it isn’t permissible to share the Qur’an in Arabic with non-Muslims because those who touch it have to be purified, mentioning the verses:
Indeed, it is a noble Qur’anIn a Register well-protected; None touch it except the purified. [It is] a revelation from the Lord of the worlds. (Qur’an 56:77-80)
However, Imam Maududi mentioned in the tafheem:
That is to say ‘Not to speak of its being brought down by the satans, or its being tampered within any way when it is being revealed, none but the pure angels can come anywhere near it when it is being revealed from the well-guarded Tablet (Lauh-mahfuz) to the Prophet.’ (emphasis added)
So, the purified is referring to the angels.
As Long as They Treat It With Respect
And other scholars have said you can share the Qur’an with those keen on learning and receiving the message of their Creator, Allah Almighty.
So, yes you can share a translation of the Qur’an with those you know have desire for guidance and real interest to learn, and know they will not disrespect the Qur’an in any way, shape, or form.
And you can let them know that this Qur’an is the Word of the Creator to mankind, and it is held in very high regards since it is the direct Words of the King Himself and shouldn’t be dealt with casually but with the utmost respect.
With regards to the digital forms of the Qur’an on mobiles, websites, and so forth, I am not aware of prohibitions with regards to sharing it.
Also, you may share audio of the Qur’an with people to listen to the Word of God via any platform, and this also has very powerful effect.
May Allah bless all your efforts and bring the Words of The Most Merciful to those who sincerely seek guidance.
I hope this helps answer your question. Please keep in touch. Salam.
(From Ask About Islam’s archives)