Sheikh Ali Gomaa has issued a fatwa - a kind of Islamic recommendation – rejecting the idea of the use of the Qur'an in ringtones.
Ali Gomaa is not the first to bring this point up. There have been many Sheikhs and Scholars who had previously suggested the same ideas. However, many people are still sceptical. From their point of view, what could possibly be wrong with listening to a verse of the Quran?
"By using Quran verses as ringtones we undermine this legitimacy and limit it to a phone call. Quranic verses are interrupted and meanings are often truncated when the reciting stop as we answer the phone call. The calls to prayer are to announce it is time ... using it as a ringtone is confusing and misleading."
Many of us have these ringtones ourselves, or know of others who have them. Let us spread the word and inform our friends and families of the repercussions of their actions. Changing the words of Allah, even unintentionally, is sinful (to the best of my knowledge) and should be avoided at all costs—especially if the matter is in our hands.
Ali Gomaa is very strict on his position and, for those insisting their ringtones have an Islamic character, he suggested they use Islamic hymns (Nasheeds etc.) or religious prose.
"God's words are sacred. ... He ordered us to respect them and glorify them," Gomaa said.