Etiquettes of reciting the Quran

One of the regular activities in an ideal Muslim life is constant recitation of the holy Quran. This beautiful act is often amplified during Ramadan. It is in accordance with the Prophet’s teaching to constantly read the passages of the Quran to gain understanding of the deen, earn reward and strengthen your connection with Allah. It is not only a matter of reading, but how to go about reciting with so much calmness, devotion, attention, understanding and full consciousness of Tajweed.

 

Apply Basic Etiquettes
Just like every important activity in life, the Quran requires certain mannerism, both physically and mentally. This entails making intention and purifying oneself by performing ablution, cleaning the mouth, holding the Quran by your right, facing the Qibla, sitting upright, holding the Quran on the right hand and reciting in your best voice.

Serenity
Communicating with the Quran entails more than just reading but also pondering over the words. You should try to digest its meaning, and this requires an atmosphere of total calmness with less distractions. In fact, it is prohibited to read or listen to recitations in a noisy and unstable atmosphere.

Read with Calmness
Unlike other books, the Quran is sacred. It is the human manual and as such should be read with care and deep understanding. One could say, it should be read as though if a word is missed, its consequence tends to be disastrous. Recite slowly and clearly, giving each letter its due according to the rules of recitation. This allows for greater contemplation which is not achieved with hastiness. However, to read quickly without compromise and negligence, allowing greater amounts to be read can be deemed better. In a way, the former is like giving a single large jewel in charity whilst the latter is like giving many small jewels. The value of both is indeterminable. And Allah knows best.

Complete Consciousness of Tajweed
Tajweed is an Arabic word meaning the rules guiding the correct pronunciation of the Holy Quran. It is to be recited with great care in respect of its correct pronunciation as Arabic is quite sensitive. Little errors could lead to change in the true meaning of the words. Hence, reading this highly Revered Scripture of Allah SWT requires one to be concerned about fulfilling its due esteem with respect to Tajweed regulations.

Fulfilling the rights of the Quran
Every book comes with its rights, and it is mandatory on the reader to fulfill these rights. Some of the rights of the holy Quran are performing Sajdah (Prostration) if one reaches the places of Sajdah, and take adequate amount of pauses on coming across various “Stop and Pause Sign” in between the Blessed Verses.

We must learn and reflect on the teachings of the Sunnah. Through this, we learn about our Lord, how to worship him and how to distinguish between the righteous and the misguided. The more one reflects on the Quran, the more his knowledge, foresight and practical application of Islam will increase. May Allah grant us the ability to get the best understanding of the Quran. Amin

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