Etiquettes Of Reading Quran
Indeed, those who recite the Book of Allah and establish prayer and spend [in His cause] out of what We have provided them, secretly and publicly, [can] expect a transaction [i.e., profit] that will never perish -That He may give them in full their rewards and increase for them of His bounty. Indeed, He is Forgiving and Appreciative.
[Al-Quran, Surah Fatir, verse 29-30]
Quran works as a treatment for the patient, antidepressant for depression, relief for concerns, and guide for astray.
There are some etiquette and rules for reading Quran. Even a professor of a class makes some rules. Quran is the greatest book of Allah. Therefore, we should show respect to it as much as possible. Through it, we can strengthen our connection with Allah.
Rules Of Quran Reading
1. Good Intention and Sincerity
What does it mean to read Quran with sincerity?
Reading Quran is a grand act of worship but it can become a great sin too. In Islam, the most important things are intention and sincerity. You should observe your intention and sincerity before doing any act of worship to check whether you are doing it for Allah or to get the praise of the world. Worships done with the wrong intention, such as for impressing anyone, worldly gains, and, showing off won’t yield you anything more than the offense of Allah. Observe your intention and rectify your mistakes.
And they were not commanded except to worship Allah, [being] sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give zakāh. And that is the correct religion.
[Al-Bayyinah, verse 5]
Umar b. al-Khattab, for whom God’s good pleasure is prayed, reported God’s Messenger, to whom may God’s blessings and safe-keeping be granted, as saying:
“Deeds are to be judged only by intentions, and a man will have only what he intended. When one’s emigration is to God and His Messenger, his emigration is to God and His Messenger; but when his emigration is to a worldly end at which he aims, or to a woman whom he marries, his emigration is to that to which he emigrated.” (Bukhari and Muslim.)
(Mishkat al-Masabih 1)
2- Purifying heart and body before Reading Quran
One of the etiquettes and rules of reading the Quran is to perform wudu and purify your body before reading the Quran. Purification of the heart is equally important. Purify and clean your heart before reading the Quran to receive the most benefits, guidance, and understanding of the Holy Quran.
In Holy Quran, Surah Al-Baqara verse 222, Allah has highlighted the importance of heart purification before mentioning the body’s purity
Allah SWT says:
Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves.
[Al-Baqara, verse 222]
One of the crucial rules of reading the Quran is to make wudu before the recitation. Wudu purifies the body and heart. Besides, You should read Quran with a clean body, clean clothes, and in a clean place.
4- Facing the direction of Qiblah while Reading Quran
Face the direction of Al-Qiblah while Reciting the Quran. This is not any rule but the etiquette of reading the Quran. There’s no bad in reading Quran while facing any other direction. It is also a good practice to avoid leaning back and reading in a straight sitting position.
5- Sitting decently while Reading Quran
Quran is the book of almighty Allah- the lord of earth and sky. You should pay as much respect as you can while reciting the Quran. Sit decently while reading the Quran.
However, it’s not any strict rule but an etiquette of reading the Quran. if you can’t maintain a straight sitting position due to back pain or some other problem. You can sit in a comfortable position. Indeed, Allah is merciful.
6- Keeping Mushaf at a high place
The Holy Quran possesses high status and no book can reach the status of the Holy Quran. To pay the most respect to the Holy Quran, you should keep it at a high place while reading or memorizing it.
There’s no hard and fast rule. You can put it on a wooden/plastic bookrest or on a clean pillow.
7- Holding the Holy Quran with due respect and love
You are lucky that you got the chance of reading the Holy Quran- the book of Allah(SWT). It’s Allah’s book and should respect it accordingly. Hold the Holy Quran with due respect and love.
How can you pay respect to Allah if you can’t pay respect to His book?
That [is so]. And whoever honors the symbols [i.e., rites] of Allah – indeed, it is from the piety of hearts.
[Al-Hajj, verse 32]
8- Using the right hand while reading the Quran
Use your right hand while reading the Quran. It’s the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). He used to perform every good act with his right hand. It’s not an obligatory deed, but an act of giving respect to the Holy Quran.
9- Starting Recitation with Ta’wwuth and Basmalah:
Start your recitation with Ta’wwuth and Al-Basmalah. This helps you keep the focus on Quranic verses while reading the Holy Quran and protects you from evil thoughts.
So when you recite the Qur’ān, [first] seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the expelled [from His mercy].
[An-Nahl, verse 98]
10- Reciting the Holy Quran with Tarteel
Recite the Holy Quran with Tarteel. Tarteel is the correct way of reciting the Quran With Tajweed. Learn tajweed, if you don’t have the expertise in reading the Quran with Tarteel. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) used to recite and teach the Quran with Tarteel. Because it’s the way Allah has revealed the Quran. Any mistake of tajweed can completely change the meaning of the verse.
Or add to it, and recite the Qur’ān with measured recitation.
[Al-Muzzammil, verse 4]
Rules Of Quran Tajweed
11- Do Not talk while Reading Quran
Quran recitation builds your connection with Almighty Allah. Whenever you begin to read the Quran, Satan tries to distract your mind with worldly thoughts to break that connection.
Get yourself fully prepared before the Quran recitation. Sit in solitude and keep away your mobile devices or anything that might distract you.
12- Reciting Quran in a beautiful tone
Recite Quran in a beautiful tone. The angels come from the sky to listen to the beautiful recitation. Quran was revealed in the Arabic language with the beautiful pronunciation of each word. Tajweed and tarteel help to improve the Tilawah. Avoid a violation of Quranic tajweed rule during the recitation of the Holy Quran and read continuously without cutting the recitation for any random reason
13- Reading the Tafseer of the Holy Quran
Whenever you want to talk to Allah, pray salat, and wherever you want to listen to Him, read the Holy Quran. Allah talks to you through his book. He guides you, shows you light, and gives you command through his book.
Whenever you feel worried, get the help of the Holy Quran. Read the Tafseer of the Holy Quran.
This [Qur’ān] is notification for the people that they may be warned thereby and that they may know that He is but one God and that those of understanding will be reminded.
[Al-Qur’an, Ibrahim, verse 52]
14- Reading Quran with Khushu’
The most important etiquette of reading the Quran is Khushu’. It means to avoid any distraction and connect your heart with Allah by concentrating on the meaning of the verses and paying attention to messages given through the verses.
[Allah said], “O John, take the Scripture [i.e., adhere to it] with determination.” And We gave him judgment [while yet] a boy
[Maryam, verse 12]
15- Sujoud At-Tilawa:
Sujoud At-Tilawa is a very important rule of the Quran that most of us neglect, considering it unimportant. There is a total of 14 verses of the Holy Quran where the listener and reader should prostrate to Allah whether it comes during Quran recitation or Salat prayer.
Whenever a Muslim prostrates in front of Allah after reading or listening to the verse of Sujoud At-Tilawa, he/she shows obedience towards Allah and disobedience to Satan.
16- Paying attention while reading or listening to the Quran
Listen to the Quran with much respect, whether it is recited by any person or through audio. This is the order of the Almighty Allah.
So when the Qur’ān is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy.
[Al-A’raf, verse 204]
17- Keeping the Holy Quran in a clean and safe place
Keep the Holy Quran in a clean and safe place after you finish the reading. keep it away from the reach of children. You can also make draw at the high position of your wall for the Holy Quran.
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