Praise be to Allaah.
scholars have stated is makrooh is reading Qur’aan or remembering Allaah in
toilets, because these are impure places and are abodes of the devils. The
believer should respect his Lord and not mention Him in these places. As for
listening to the Qur’aan when doing ghusl or relieving oneself, there is no
sin in it, because it is not mentioning Allaah inside the toilet, as the
recorder is outside the bathroom.
There are a
few reports from the salaf (may Allaah have mercy on them) about their
keenness to make good use of their time, from which this ruling may be
Haatim al-Raazi and his son ‘Abd al-Rahmaan.
al-Rahmaan was asked about his hearing a lot of hadeeth from his father, and
his asking him a great deal about ahaadeeth and their narrators. He said: My
father would be eating, and I would read to him, and he would be walking,
and I would read to him, and he would enter the toilet and I would read to
him, and he would enter the house looking for something and I would read to
him! End quote.
A’laam al-Nubala’, 13/251.
Taymiyah, the grandfather of Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah.
When he went
into the toilet, he would tell his son to read and raise his voice, so that
he could make use of this time and not waste it without benefitting from
Ibn al-Qayyim in Rawdat al-Muhibbeen, p. 65