Recommendations for Qur’an Recitation

“…It is recommended to use miswak and to clean your mouth before reciting the Qur’an, as well as to cleanse your body using some kind of pleasant scent in order to respect the time in which you are reading.

Wear the clothes that you would wear in front of others to look good, because you are in front of the Bestower despite this privacy. The one who recites someone else’s words is like one who is speaking on his behalf, and this is the pinnacle of honor from Allah.

It is recommended to be sitting and to be facing the Qiblah. Sa’id bin al-Musayyab was asked about a hadith while he was leaning back. So, he sat up and said: “I hate to relay the words of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) while I’m leaning back,” and the Words of Allah are even more deserving of such an attitude.

And it is recommended to have ablution…”

['al-Hadith fi 'Ulum al-Qur'an wal-Hadith'; p. 67]

3 Responses to “Recommendations for Qur’an Recitation”

  1. JazakAllah Khair for the reminder.

  2. Menstrual Periods
    Bukhari :: Book 1 :: Volume 6 :: Hadith 296
    Narrated ‘Aisha:

    The Prophet used to lean on my lap and recite Qur’an while I was in menses.

  3. That hadeeth shows the permissibility of reciting Qur’aan while laying down, just like the hadeeth about a particular companion who saw the Messenger of Allaah sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam reciting soorah al-Fath while riding a camel shows the permissibility of reciting in that state.

    Whereas, as noted in the post, it is *recommended* to recite while sitting, facing the Qiblah. And I think, greater care and respect should be given to recitation when its done from the mus-haf itself vs. reciting from memory.

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