Question: Is it permissible for me to start a whatsapp group for the purpose of encouraging other to read and memorise the Qur’an or would this be considered an innovation (bid’ah).
باسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله،
May Allah Almighty bless you. This practice is permissible and from the praiseworthy practices in Islam since it entails assiting others towards righteousness and piety. The process you have described is also considered a ‘means’ of ‘facilitating’ the worship of Allah Almighty and not an act of worship in and of itself. The discussion surrounding that which is a ‘means’ and a ‘facilitator’ of goodness in Islam is a vast one with a lot more room for one to explore without their efforts being considered an innovation (bid’ah).
And Allah knows best.