Be careful when you handle this holy book. Remember, it is not an ordinary book. We need to do the following for giving to the glorious Quran its due respect:
Before you begin reciting from the Quran, seek refuge with Allah (swt) from the Satan, by saying – ‘Aoodhu Billahi Minashaitanir Rajim.’
Take Allah (swt)’s name, before you begin to read, by saying – ‘Bismillah.’
Try your best to be in the state of Wudu, when reciting from the Quran, and sit in a clean place.
Begin reading with a clear intention of seeking only Allah (swt)’s pleasure, not any other worldly gain.
Turn the pages gently and slowly to the required page. It is best, if you use a bookmark at the place you finished last, so that there is no unnecessary flipping of pages.
Maintain humility, tranquility, and respect, while reading the Quran.
Read the Quran in a moderate voice.
Read the verses with short pauses in between.
Be careful about the Makharij (pronunciation of the letters). Give every letter its due right.
Read the Quran attentively, calmly, and sincerely.
Ponder over the words of the Quran and make efforts to act upon them.
Be grateful, when the verses of Shukr (being grateful) are mentioned and seek refuge with Allah (swt), when asked.
Listen quietly and attentively, when the Quran is being read.
Do not put the Quran on the floor or near a person’s feet.
Do not leave the Quran open, when not being used, or turn it face down on the table.
Do not step over the Quran, if it is lying on the ground or at a low level, such as a prayer mat.
Do not use the Quran as a support to write on.
Do not place things on the top of the Quran.
Do not scribble unnecessary things on the pages of your Quran.
Do not touch the Quran with dirty hands.
Make sure you keep the Quran out of the reach of children that may tear its pages.
Do not eat, while reading from the Quran.
Sit in a proper, respectable position when reading it.
Try not to talk in between, while reciting from the Quran.
Keep the Quran in a clean place.
Learn as much as you can about the Quran by reading an authentic translation in the language of your preference.
Keep the Quran within your reach and in sight.
Let no day pass, without reading or reciting from the Quran.
Author: Affaf Jamal