Among the scriptures, the Holy Quran is the most sacred and most revered book in the world. It was revealed to the last Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and the complete revelation took over 23 years.
Being in the Almighty Lord’s own words, it stands in distinction to all other books in the world and is a source of divine guidance for both Muslims and non-Muslims.
The Holy Quran is special, unlike other books in the world, and must be treated as such.
Typically, elders have a good idea about the manners and etiquettes of reading The Holy Quran but the younger children must be taught patiently and thoroughly.
If you read the Quran in front of children often, you will notice how curious and excited they get to try reading it too. Amidst all this, they might treat the Quran as an ordinary book but don’t worry. With a little bit of guidance, they will understand the rules of reading Quran and will handle it with the utmost respect.
To help you in this process, we have compiled a comprehensive list of 10 manners of reading the Quran which you can follow yourself and teach children to follow them as well. You may also need to ask the children to read the concepts themselves so they grasp them better!
The first step is to learn to read the Quran properly, and the best way to do it is by learning to read the Quran word by word.
Learning the Quran word to word reduces the chances of errors during recitation and enables you to become more fluent.
This is essential for children and adults who do not have any prior experience in the Arabic language. Once you have completed all the 28 Arabic alphabets, you will have the knowledge and ability to easily pronounce the Arabic words. You must first learn the sounds and the proper pronunciation of each letter.
However, learning to read the Quran word by word is not an easy task. It takes time and most importantly, a huge amount of dedication. But don’t worry, the skill of learning Arabic is no different than nearly every other language. You have to master the letters and words that will help you get to the sentence level in that language.
To learn to read Quran word by word, we recommend getting professional assistance, as a dedicated teacher from a reputable institution will help you pronounce the words as they are supposed to be pronounced. There are also very few details that you must take care of while reading the Quran, such as dammah, fatḥah, and kasrah. These are short vowels that help the non-natives to pronounce each word with accuracy.
If you want to seek the help of a professional, there are several ways to do so. You will find some great teachers on YouTube. Moreover, there are several online institutions that teach the Quran word by word to both children and adults.
Listed below are the rules of reading Quran, no matter how you are learning to read the Quran:
The Quran must be handled only with clean hands, so performing wudu, or ablution beforehand is essential.
Besides attaining purity physically, wudu also enables one to attain spirituality and mental clarity.
Due to the fact that Quranic text has been revealed from the Almighty Allah Himself, one should pay due to admiration for it through sitting in a decent manner.
You should always choose a considerate position while holding the Holy Quran in your hands, demonstrating the high opinion you have for our Sacred Book.
The Holy Quran has a high status. This is why you must place it in a high place while learning to read it word by word or during recitation. Many people use a clean pillow for this purpose, which is something you can also try doing if you do not own a wooden book rest specifically for reading the Quran.
When you hold the Quran, make sure to hold it in your right hand. The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) used his right hand whilst performing good work. This is why we encourage you to follow his Sunnah.
The first and foremost thing that you should do is to recite Istiaazah and Basmalah before beginning to read the Quran.
The following is the translationof Istiaazah:“I seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the Accursed.” [The Noble Quran]
The following is the translationof Basmalah:“In the Name of Allah—the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.” [The Noble Quran]
Most beginners make the mistake of trying to read faster because they assume that reciting faster is going to increase their fluency.
However, this is not the case. When you try to recite the Quran fast, there is a high chance that you are going to make mistakes. It is advisable to recite the sacred book of creation slowly in order to comprehend its true meaning.
This rule is similar to the one we just mentioned above.
In reciting the Holy Quran, we must take great care in terms of how the words are pronounced because Arabic is one of the most complex languages in the world and a little mispronunciation can lead to the true meaning of the verses changing.
You should also try to read the Holy Quran in an attractive tone.
Before you begin reading the Quran, make sure to eliminate each distraction that might distract you from reading the Quran.
This includes mobile phones and even talking to other people.
Keeping a distance from worldly affairs is to prevent being influenced by Satan.
As you may already know, Holy Verseshave Sajdah (prostration) marks that require the reader to perform a Sajdah whenever he/she goes through it.
You must perform a Sajdah as soon as you read that specific verse, as you might forget it later.
A person is also instructed to pause at the appropriate places while reading the Quranic verses.
The last point in the list of 10 manners of reading the Quran is about praising Allah The Almighty, as He guided you to read His Holy Book.
After discussing 10 manners of reading the Quran it is best worthy of mentioning tips and techniques that you can follow to learn to read the Quran, and listed below are some of them.
We would like to advise you to get help from a dedicated teacher, because at the end of the day, if you don’t have a teacher who is correcting you when you pronounce something wrong, then you are going to learn something wrong, whether it be the pronunciation of a single letter.
Remember, pronouncing one word wrong is going to change the meaning of the whole sentence.
If you are a non-native, it is important to know that you cannot learn to read the Quran fluently within 24 hours.
It is a slow process and what would really help you is creating levels and then accomplishing them one by one. If you are not familiar with the pronunciations of the letters, then you may want to start with a course specifically designed for beginners.
Once you have a strong grip on the letters and their sounds, you can begin reading slowly, to avoid errors in the process.
As we mentioned earlier, learning to read the Quran takes time.
However, you can make yourself efficient by revising the letters and then the Ayah every day. By doing so, you will see a significant improvement in your reading ability within days.
Here are a few tips that can help you reading the Quran correctly:
Tajweed will help you pronounce the words properly.
The Qur’an must be recited as it is written, and different words are pronounced using different parts of your mouth. If you follow the rules of Tajweed, you will be able to read the Quran more accurately.
As we mentioned earlier in the article, make sure to eliminate all the distractions so you can focus on reciting the Quran only.
Listening and imitating famous Quran reciters will make you proficient in reciting the Quran.
Try to listen to Abdul Rahman Al Sudais, Mishary Rashid Al-afasy, and Abdul Basit Abdus Samad.
If you are looking forward to learning the Quran by heart, then you might be confused about how and where to start.
Don’t worry. Listed below are a few suggestions that can allow you to do so:
Environment plays a key role in helping your brain memorize better.
This is why it is essential to sit in a quiet place, so you do not get distracted by worldly matters. If you are learning through an online platform, make sure that your internet connection is reliable.
One-on-one sessions are great for learning the Quran. You can interact with your teacher as much as you need, and clear your concerns.
The most important thing is that it helps you understand and also keeps you focused. Moreover, your teacher can point out our mistakes to remove the chances of errors.
Practice makes a man perfect.
It is highly important to practice whatever you learn, on a daily basis. You should also try reading to your teacher or any family member, to make sure you are not making any mistakes.
Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions about reading and learning the Quran.
The best way to learn to read the Quran fluently is by practicing it as much as you can. In this regard, you should get help from a professional teacher, and revise your lessons in front of him/her on a daily basis.
As we mentioned earlier in our guide about 10 manners of reading the Quran, you should recite Istiaazah and Basmalah before beginning to read the Quran. We must do this to prevent Satan from deviating us from the way of light.
The time one might take to learn to read the Quran highly depends upon the age factor. Children below 10 years of age are likely to take around 2 years to be able to fluently read the Quran. On the other hand, elders will take much less time, as it only takes months for some people.
Arabic definitely is a challenging language to learn, but learning Arabic is not impossible at all. If you practice on a daily basis and keep asking Allah (SWT) for help, you will be able to learn it much faster than you assume.
This brings us to the end of our guide on the 10 manners of reading the Quran. We tried walking you through all the manners and etiquette in detail, and hope that they helped you learn how to read Quran accurately.
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