Quran is the beacon of light that Allah Almighty bestowed on humankind for their guidance. By following this Book the believers can gain spiritual, moral and worldly benefits in order to become a true Muslim. In Quran, each and every aspect of life has been touched and there are instructions about it, therefore, in any confusion or when finding answer to any query, Muslims turn towards it for counsel.
The grandeur and magnanimity of Quran can perhaps never be described in words. With such grandeur and lofty status, there comes the element of respect as well. Therefore, whether you are reciting or tutoring the Holy Quran, you must show respect by observing proper etiquettes of its recitation. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said in one of His hadith:
“The servant gets nearest to Allah by means of reciting the Glorious Quran.” (Tirmidhi)
Therefore, if by reciting Quran a person is to get close to Allah Almighty, then it is imperative that a Muslim observes proper etiquettes of recitation of Quran so that there is more mannerism in recitation which will lead to better presentation in the court of Allah the Great. The lines below discuss the major etiquettes of Quran recitation that a Muslim must observe.
Quran is a sacred and pure Book that contains the word of Allah Almighty. Therefore, it becomes imperative that a Muslim trying to recite it must also be in a pure state. In this regard, it is recommended that a Muslim performs ablution before the recitation of Quran. Allah Almighty asserts to this fact Himself in the following way in Quran:
“None may touch it, except with ablution.” (56:79)
Therefore, it is imperative that before the recitation of Quran a Muslim performs ablution and becomes pure before touching the Holy Book and beginning its recitation.
Intentions for Recitation:
Quran being a Holy Book, therefore, no matter for whatever reason a person reads or recites Quran, it ultimately gives reward to that person. However, that being said, it is imperative that a person must make some kind of intention before recitation of Quran. The best of the intentions in this regard could be of reciting it for the purpose of praising Allah Almighty and His worship. Thus, when a person does so the purity in recitation increases and the heart is more involved in recitation of Quran.
Seeking Refuge from Satan:
When a Muslim begins the Holy task of recitation of Quran which is fill with praise of Allah Almighty and His greatness, then it is imperative that a Muslim prevents his attention from diverting during the recitation. The biggest issue pertaining to prevention of diversion is seeking refuge from Satan as he is that puts different kinds of thoughts in the mind of a person and makes him or her not pay attention to Quran. Allah Almighty says about it in the Quran in the following way:
“So when you recite the Quran, seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the expelled.” (16:98)
Therefore, before continuing with the recitation of Quran, a Muslim must seek refuge from Satan by asking help from Allah Almighty.
One of the best elements that can help in making the recitation of Quran better and more spiritually soothing is the recitation of it with Tajweed. It is a necessary element in recitation of Quran as it ensures better and apt pronunciation of the words along with bringing a rhythm into recitation. Allah Almighty says in Quran:
“And recite the Quran with measured recitation.” (73:34)
Therefore, to make sure that one recites Quran in the best manner befitting its grandeur, one must learn the rules of Tajweed and then recite Quran in the elegant and classic manner of recitation.
Try To Understand:
Although good recitation of Quran will bring religious reward, however, Quran was primarily sent down for the understand and guidance of mankind. Therefore, if you can somehow incorporate trying to understand it along with its recitation then the purpose of reading Quran gets fulfilled. In Quran, Allah Almighty says:
“Then do they not reflect on the Qur’an.” (47:24)
Therefore, it is also of grave importance that a Muslim besides reciting Quran also focuses on its meanings and learn to Understand Quran with meanings to know the message of it as well. This way the true purpose of Quran recitation will be served.
In Quran there are 14verses which when a Muslim recites, prostration becomes necessary for the reicter. Therefore, it is included in the etiquettes of Quran that when a person comes across such verses, he or she performs prostration right after reading.
Try to Cry:
Crying during the recitation of Quran represents the humility of a person and it is something natural that should come to a person who reads and witnesses all the countless blessings that Allah has bestowed upon humans, all the rewards that the righteous will get and all the punishment that the wrongdoers will get. Thus, when all of it comes in front of a Muslim, tears are natural to come out of the eyes. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said in one of His hadith regarding this in the following way:
“Recite the Glorious Quran and weep when reading it. Yet, if you could not weep, you should exert yourself to weep; and if your eyes could not burst into tears, your heart should weep instead.” (Ibn Majah)
Therefore, when reciting Quran, a Muslim must try to cry and if crying does not come natural to a person then the heart must have the same condition as it has when a person is crying. Therefore, a Muslim must try to soften the heart and induce it towards crying when reciting Quran.
In a nutshell, Quran is the prime gift of Allah Almighty to humankind. Therefore, pertaining to the sanctity, grandeur, and supreme nature of Quran, it is imperative that a Muslim follows some etiquettes that reflect respect and care for Quran.