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There are a few additional obligations regarding the recitation of the Qur'an which you should keep in mind.


 Daily Reading

Read the Qur'an every day; in fact do not consider a day complete without it.  It is better to read regularly, even if it be a small portion, than to read large sections, but only occasionally.


 Memorise

Memorise as much of the Qur'an as you can.  You can start with small surahs and short passages, and then move on to longer portions.


 Recite the Qur'an in Prayer

Read as much of the Qur'an in prayers as you can, specially during the night, after the ‘Isha', before the Fajr and in the Fajr, as nothing is more effective in making you attuned to the Qur'an and ensuring you absorb it than reading it in the night or in the morning.


 Melodious Voice

Read the Qur'an in a good voice, as we have been told: "Beautify the Qur'an with your voices: but also remember that 'the one whose voice reflects the fear of Allah is the one who reads the Qur'an well."


 Read with Concentration and Understanding

Do not read hastily without proper concentration and understanding.  The Prophet (peace be upon him told Ibn 'Umar not to finish reading the Qur'an in less than a week, and also said that one who finished it in less than three days did not understand any of it.  One companion said that he preferred to read a short surah like al-qare'ah with proper understanding than to hastily finish long ones like al-Baqarah and Al-'Imran.


 THE LIFE OF THE PROPHET

To absorb the Qur'an, you must move as close as you can to the Prophet (peace be upon him) who received it first from Allah.  His whole life is a "living Qur'an".  If you want to 'read' the Qur'an in action, observe the Prophet in his deeds, as Saiyyedah 'A'isha said: "his conduct was nothing but the Qur'an." To move closer to the Prophet, you should read his sayings (ahadith) and his life (Sirah) as much as you can.

Let us, in conclusion, pray to Allah to enable us to recite the Qur'an as it ought to be recited and nor to make us like those:

...  TO WHOM THE BOOK WAS GIVEN BEFORE, BUT WITH THE LAPSE OF TIME, THEIR HEARTS BECAME HARD. (Holy Qur'an 57:16)

...  WHO WERE GIVEN THE BURDEN OF THE TORAH THEN THEY DID NOT CARRY IT,THEY ARE LIKE A DONKEY CARRYING HOOKS. (Holy Qur'an 62:5)

AND TO MAKE US LIKE THOSE WHO: ...  WHEN ALLAH IS MENTIONED, THEIR HEARTS QUAKE, AND WHEN HIS VERSES ARE RECITED TO THEM, IT INCREASES THEM IN FAITH. (Holy Qur'an 39:23)

VC'HEREAT SHIVER THE SKINS OF THOSE WHO FEAR THEIR LORD; THEN THEIR SKINS AND HEARTS SOFTEN TO THE REMEMBRANCE OF ALLAH (Holy Qur'an 39:23)

WHEN IT IS RECITED TO THEM, THEY FALL DOWN UPON THEIR FACES, PROSTRATING (Holy Qur'an 17:107)

AND THEY SAY: GLORY BE TO OUR LORD! OUR LORD'S PROMISE IS FULFILLED.(Holy Qur'an 17:108)

AND THEY FALL DOWN UPON THEIR FACES, WEEPING AND IT INCREASES THEM IN HUMILITY. (Holy Qur'an 17:109)

AND DO NOT MAKE US LIKE THOSE: about whom the Prophet (peaco be upon him) will, on the Day of Judgement, complain, O MY LORD! THESE MY PEOPLE HAVE ABANDONED THE QUR'AN (Holy Qur'an 25:30)

Our Lord! Enable us to imbibe the meaning of the Qur'an and guide us to and lead us along the straight path.


 WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THE HOLY QUR'AN...

A GUIDELINE
YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF to have first-hand knowledge of a Book so highly praised by non-Muslims and a life guideline of a thousand-million people today.

SOUND OF MUSIC
"Whenever I hear the Qur'an chanted, it is as though I am listening to music.  Underneath the flowing melody there is sounding all the time the incessant beat of a drum.  It is like the beating of my heart."  A.J.  ARBERRY (A Christian Englishman who translated the Holy Quran.)

A MIRACLE INDEED
"...  A Book which is a Poem, a Code of Laws, a Book of Common Prayer and Bible all in one; and is reverenced to this day by a sixth of the whole human race as a miracle of purity, of style, of wisdom and of truth.  It is the one miracle claimed by Mohammed, his standing miracle, he called it and a miracle indeed it is. Rev.  R.  BOSWORTH-SMITH

JUST ONE OUT OF OVER 6 600 VERSES...
Do not the Unbelievers see That the Heavens and the Earth were joined together (As one unit of Creation), Before we clove them Asunder? And we made from Water every living thing. Will they not then believe? (Holy Qur'an 21:30)