Rasulullah salAllahu alayhi wa salam said: The most virtuous act of worship for my Ummah is the recitation of Qur’an. [Shua’bul Iman]
Rasulullah salAllahu alayhi wa salam said: If the Qur’an is placed in a leather skin bag, the fire will not burn it. [Shua’bul Iman, Ahmed, Sunan of Darimi]
There are 3 outward etiquettes to be observed when reciting the Qur’an Sharif:
- Whilst reciting, one’s heart should have honour and reverance for the speech of Allah. The outward form of reverence is that after performing Wudhu, one should sit motionless, lowering the head slightly, facing the Qiblah in the Tashahud position. Hadhrat ibne Abbas radhiyAllahu anhuma said: My recitation of Surah Qadr and Al-Qariah whilst pondering over its meaning, is more beloved to me, tham reciting Surah Baqarah and Ale Imraan very hasitly. [Shua’bul Iman] . A Hadith of Mishkaat shareef states something to the effect that Nabi salAllahu alayhi wa salam’s recitation was such that you could hear each and every letter clearly.
- Aim for the greatest reward from your tilawah.
- Ali radhiyAllahu anhu says: Whoever recites the Qur’an whilst standing in Salah, will recieve 100 rewards for every letter. Whoever recites the Qur’an whilst sitting in Salaah, will recieve 50 rewards for each letter. Whoever recites out of Salaah, in the state of Wudhu, will recieve 25 rewards, and whoever recites the Qur’an without Wudhu (from memory), will recieve 10 rewards.
- It is sunnah to use the miswak before reciting the Qur’an
To be continued… in sha Allah.