The Etiquette and Benefits of Reciting the Quran

by Muslim Pro

The Holy Quran is a sacred book. It was revealed to Prophet Muhammad ﷺ over 23 years. It is a source of divine guidance for both Muslims and non-Muslims.

Allah mentions in the Quran,

ذَٰلِكَ ٱلْكِتَـٰبُ لَا رَيْبَ ۛ فِيهِ ۛ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ

This is the Book! There is no doubt about it—a guide for those mindful ˹of Allah˺,

[Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:2]

To help you, we have compiled a list of etiquette and benefits you can learn from for yourself and your children.

How To Read Quran Correctly?

One needs to know the 28 Arabic letters and their correct pronunciations. Practice with a dedicated teacher or learned adult to help you read and recite better.

The Muslim Pro App features the entire Quran with Arabic scripts, phonetics, over 40 translations, and 5 audio recitations. You may choose to highlight the desired ayahs and play them on repeat to help you memorize. Create your own playlist and read your favorite surah or ayah at the touch of a finger.

The app also has multiple other features to make your Quran reading experience more meaningful and profound. 

What Are The Etiquettes of Reading The Quran?

Whether you are reading the Quran with a physical copy or on a digital device, it does not diminish its value or purpose. A few things to take care when reading or reciting the Quran:

  1. The Quran must be handled only with clean hands, so perform wudu before you intend to pray the Quran.
  2. The Quran has been revealed from Allah. Therefore, you must sit in a respectable position while reading or reciting the Quran.
  3. Always place the Quran in a higher position while learning or during recitation.

  1. Recite the following before you start reciting the Quran,

أَعُوْذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطٰانِ الرَّجِيْمِ

I Seek Refuge with Allah from the Accursed Shaitan

بِسْمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

In the Name of Allah—the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

Allah says in the Quran:

فَإِذَا قَرَأْتَ ٱلْقُرْءَانَ فَٱسْتَعِذْ بِٱللَّهِ مِنَ ٱلشَّيْطَـٰنِ ٱلرَّجِيمِ

When you recite the Quran, seek refuge with Allah from Satan, the accursed.

[Surah An-Nahl, 16:98]

بِسْمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحْمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

In the Name of Allah—the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

[Surah Al Fatihah, 1:1]

5. Do not read fast; instead recite the Quran at a slower pace to comprehend and realize its true meaning.

6. While reciting the Quran, be mindful of your pronunciations as Arabic is one of the most complex languages in the world, and a small mistake could alter the meaning of the verse. Thus, closely follow tajweed rules.

7. Eliminate or distance yourself from any distractions before you intend to read the Quran. Like talking to someone, avoid any unwanted tasks or noise.

8. There are prostration markings that require the reader to perform a Sajdah, or pause and stop at appropriate places while reading or reciting the Quran.

What Are The Benefits of Reciting The Quran?

Some hadiths below shed light on the benefits of reciting the Quran.

عَنْ أَبِي أُمَامَةَ قَالَ: سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسلم يَقُول: «اقْرَءُوا الْقُرْآنَ فَإِنَّهُ يَأْتِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ شَفِيعًا لِأَصْحَابِهِ ‏(‏‏(‏رواه مسلم‏)‏‏)‏‏.‏

Abu Umamah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “Read the Qur’an, for it will come as an intercessor for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection.” [Imam Muslim].

[Riyad as-Salihin 991]

عَنْ عُقْبَةَ بْنِ عَامِرٍ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ “‏ الْجَاهِرُ بِالْقُرْآنِ كَالْجَاهِرِ بِالصَّدَقَةِ وَالْمُسِرُّ بِالْقُرْآنِ كَالْمُسِرِّ بِالصَّدَقَةِ ‏”‏

Narrated ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amir:

that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “The one who recites the Qur’an aloud is like the one who gives charity publicly, and the one who recites the Qur’an quietly is like the one who gives charity secretly.”

[Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2919]

حَدَّثَنَا مُسْلِمُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، حَدَّثَنَا هِشَامٌ، وَهَمَّامٌ، عَنْ قَتَادَةَ، عَنْ زُرَارَةَ بْنِ أَوْفَى، عَنْ سَعْدِ بْنِ هِشَامٍ، عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ الَّذِي يَقْرَأُ الْقُرْآنَ وَهُوَ مَاهِرٌ بِهِ مَعَ السَّفَرَةِ الْكِرَامِ الْبَرَرَةِ وَالَّذِي يَقْرَؤُهُ وَهُوَ يَشْتَدُّ عَلَيْهِ فَلَهُ أَجْرَانِ ‏”‏ ‏.‏

‘Aishah reported the Prophet (ﷺ) as saying:

One who is skilled in the Qur’an is associated with the noble, upright recording angels, and he who falters when he recites the Qur’an and finds it difficult for him will have a double reward.

[Sunan Abi Dawud 1454]

وَعَنِ ابْنِ مَسْعُودٍ قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: ” مَنْ قَرَأَ حَرْفًا مِنْ كِتَابِ اللهِ فَلَهُ بِهِ حَسَنَةٌ وَالْحَسَنَةُ بِعَشْرِ أَمْثَالِهَا لَا أَقُولُ: آلم حَرْفٌ. أَلْفٌ حَرْفٌ وَلَامٌ حَرْفٌ وَمِيمٌ حَرْفٌ “. رَوَاهُ التِّرْمِذِيُّ

Ibn Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.” [Imam At-Tirmidhi].

[Riyad as-Salihin 999]

In essence, praying, reciting, and memorizing the Holy Quran daily brings you closer to Allah. Spiritually and physically. It cleanses your heart and leads you towards righteousness. The Quran helps you become a better Muslim and helps realize your worth in this life and the hereafter.