Etiquette of Recitation
1. Before starting recitation:
- The body, clothes and place of the reciter must be clean
- The mouth must be clean. The teeth must be brushed, preferably with miswâk.
- The reciter must be in a quiet place, away from disturbances.
2. During recitation:
- The person must say أعوذُ بِٱللَّهِ مِنَ ٱلشَّيۡطَٰنِ ٱلرَّجِيمِ, which roughly means “I seek refuge in Allâh from the accursed satan”.
- Recitation must be in a perfect way while observing the rules of Tajweed.
- The reciter must be thinking of the meaning of the Qur’ânic words.
- The reciter must follow the orders of the Qur’ân. For example, when you recite سَبِّحِ اسْمَ رَبِّكَ الأَعْلَى (Sabbih Isma Rabbika Al-‘Alâ) then we must say Subhana Rabbi Al ‘Alâ.
- The reciter must perform sujood (prostration) when a verse of sujood is read.
- Improve and perfect your voice and repeat reciting the Qur’ân. Recite it as is you are singing it, as the Arabic expression says “singing it” means you know it by heart so well, like a song.
3. General Ethics
- The reciter should behave as the people of the Qur’ân are expected to behave, with modesty and humility.
- The reciter should teach the Qur’ân and preach it among people.
- The reciter should continue to improve himself in recitation and memorization.
- The reciter should have a regular fixed portion of the Qur’ân to read daily.
- Try to memorise as much of the Qur’ân as possible and revise it regularly so it isn’t forgotten.