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Points to Remember when Reciting the Holy
To the Mu'min-believer, the Holy
Qur'an is indeed priceless and incomparable. For him, the
words perpetually ringing in his mind - "This is the book
(Holy Qur'an) which has no doubt" - injects his soul with
inspiration. He is overtaken with the desire to subject his
life to the will of Allah Ta'ala by following His commands as
elaborated in the Holy Qur'an.
It is always the desire of a
Mu'min to recite the Holy Qur'an correctly and in the best
manner. In order to fulfil the Haqq (rights) of recitation,
the following important points should be observed.
- The Holy Qur'an must be read
for the pleasure of Allah Ta'ala and for His
- The Holy Qur'an must be read
with proper pronounciation, knowing and employing the basic
rules of Tajweed.
- Recite as often as possible,
at every available time.Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alaihi
Wasallam) said, 'Oh reciter of the Qur'an! Don't neglect the
Qur'an. Fulfill its rights by reciting it day and night.
Recite it with a melodious voice and ponder on its contents
(to practice) so that you are successful. Don't attempt to
look for any (financial) gains in this world because your
(great) reward will be in the hereafter.
- When reciting the Holy
Qur'an, one should create an expression of fear and absolute
respect to the greatness of the words of Allah Ta'ala, as if
to say that the reciter is in the presence of his
- Tears should flow from one's
eyes while the heart takes effect from the words of Allah,
as Allah says, 'The believers are those whose hearts tremor
when the name of Allah is mentioned and whose Imaan
increases when the Qur'an is recited. (S8 V2) In a narration
of Hadhrat Umar (Radhiallahu Anhu), he reported that it was
asked to Rasulullah 'Who is the best reciter in regard to
(the reciter's) voice? He replied, 'The person whose
recitation is such that you can determine that the reciter
has the fear of Allah in him'. (Tabrani)
- One should at all times show
respect to the Holy Qur'an and never dishonour it. It is
reported from Hadhrat Anas (Radhiallahu Anhu) that
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said, 'The Holy
Qur'an is better than everything (of this world in status).
So whoever honours it has honoured Allah Ta'ala and whoever
dishonours it has (in reciting) dishonoured the rights of
Allah Ta'ala (Riaaya)
- Always fulfill the etiquettes
of the recitation of the Holy Qur'an with a genuine
awareness of the fact that these are the words of Allah
Ta'ala, thus giving its recitation due awe and
- Ensure that you are in a
state of wudhu whilst holding the Holy Qur'an.
- Whilst reading realise that
Allah Ta'ala is listening to you and you are in fact a lover
who is humbly addressing his beloved.
- Regular reading of the
virtues of the Holy Qur'an by Hadhrat Moulana Zakariyya
(Rahmatullah Alaihi) will surely engender within one some
idea of the sanctity of
the Holy Qur'an.
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