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Ruling on reciting the Qur'an during working hours

Q. I am an employee; I usually recite the Qur'an during the working hours when I have no work to do. However, my manager prevents me from doing this, and says that this time should be dedicated for work only, not for reciting the Qur'an. What is the ruling on this? May Allah reward you. 

A. If you have no work to do, there is nothing wrong in reciting the Qur'an and engaging yourself in Tasbih (saying: ''Subhan Allah [Glory be to Allah]''), Tahlil (saying: "La ilaha illa Allah [There is no god except Allah]") and Dhikr (Remembrance of Allah), which is better than silence. However, if this will interfere with your work-related activities, it is not permissible. This time should be for work only; it is not permissible for you to use it in things that hinder you from work. 
 
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