Reciting Quran before Friday prayer in a gathering group, is it permissible?
What is the ruling with having Qur’an being recited before the Friday prayer, and people coming together to hear this recital?
It is recommended and praiseworthy that people gather to listen to the recital of the Qur’an on Fridays in the mosque before the Friday sermon. This act includes someone physically reciting the Qur’an or gathers listening to a recording.
There is nothing wrong in this act as the Shariah has recommended it especially if the one reciting is gifted with a beautiful voice and recitation. It is soundly narrated on the Prophet said, “The one who recites the Qur’an and is gifted in it is amongst the innocent shining blessed ones, and the one who recites it and it is heavy on him, meaning it is difficult for him, has two rewards.” Likewise listening to it and paying attention to the Qur’an is ordered by the Shariah as God says, “And when the Qur'an is recited, give ear to it and pay heed, so that you may obtain mercy.”
Since there is no prohibition in reciting the Qur’an during the time in question, the ruling is therefore in accordance to the original state which has been discussed, i.e. it is recommended. God is most high and all knowledgeable.