Praise be to Allaah.
I do not know of any basis for the people’s habit of saying
“Sadaqa Allaahu al-‘Azeem” when they finish reading Qur’aan,
so it should not be taken as a habit. Indeed, according to the principles
of sharee’ah it is more like bid’ah, if anyone believes that it is Sunnah.
So this should not be done and should not be taken as a habit.
With regard to the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):
“Say (O Muhammad): ‘Allaah has spoken the truth…’”[Aal ‘Imraan
This is not speaking about this matter. Rather Allaah
was commanding him to explain to the people that Allaah had spoken the
truth in what He had said in His Books, the Tawraat, etc., and that
He had spoken the Truth in all that He had said to His slaves in the
Tawraat, the Injeel and all other revealed Books.
And He was speaking the truth in all that He said to His
slaves in His Book the Qur’aan. But this is not evidence that it is
mustahabb to say “Sadaqa Allaah al-‘Azeem” after reading the
Qur’aan or after reading some aayahs or a soorah. This was not reported
or known from the Prophet (peace
and blessings of Allaah be upon him) or his companions (may Allaah be
pleased with them). When Ibn Mas’ood recited to the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) from the beginning of Soorat
al-Nisaa’ until he reached the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):
“How (will it be) then, when We bring from each nation a witness
and We bring you (O Muhammad) as a witness against these people?”[al-Nisaa’
the Prophet (peace and blessings
of Allaah be upon him) said to him, “Enough.” Ibn Mas’ood said: “I turned
to him and saw that his eyes were filled with tears”, i.e., he was weeping
because of the mention of this great status on the Day of Resurrection
which is mentioned in this aayah, where Allaah says (interpretation
of the meaning): “How (will it be) then, when We bring from each
nation a witness and We bring you” – O Muhammad – “as a witness
against these people?” – i.e., against his ummah.
The point is that there is no basis in sharee’ah for adding
these words – “sadaqa Allaah al-‘Azeem” – when finishing reading
Qur’aan. What is prescribed is not to do this, in accordance with the
example of the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) and his companions (may Allaah be pleased
with them). But if a person does that sometimes, without intending to,
it doesn’t matter, for Allaah speaks the truth in all matters, may He
be glorified and exalted. But making that a habit every time one reads
Qur’aan, as many people do nowadays, has no basis, as stated above.
Kitaab Majmoo’ Fataawa wa Maqaalaat Mutanawwi’ah li Samaahat al-Shaykh al-‘Allaamah ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz (may Allaah have mercy on him), vol. 9, p. 342 .