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15 Etiquettes of Reciting Quran, the Holy Book of Allah

The Quran is the holiest book in the world as it includes the words of Allah.

Allah said in Quran in surah al Qamar.

"And We have certainly made the Quran easy to remember. So is there anyone who will be mindful? (Al Qamar, 22)

And he said in another surah:

" So recite whatever you can from it (al-Muzzammil, 20)

Quran recitation requires some manners and etiquette that Muslim scholars have agreed upon. Though they’re not wrong in leaving them, it’s better for Quran reciter to follow them because they reflect his/her reverence for Allah.

In the article, we collected 15 Etiquettes of Reciting Quran. Keep reading to know them.

Etiquettes of Reciting Quran

I.nvoke Allah’s Presence in Your Heart

Make a Pure Intention that You Read Quran, Seeking Allah’s Pleasures, and don’t Spoil This act by including some worldly matters Like money or being Praised by Humans with your sincere intention.

Abu Huraira reported prophet Muhammad as saying, “If anyone. Acquires knowledge of things by which God’s good pleasure is sought but acquires it only to get some worldly advantage, he will not experience the ‘arf, i.e. the odour, of paradise on the day of resurrection.”

Ahmad, Abu Dawud, and Ibn Majah transmitted it.

2. Consider Your Cleanliness and Hygiene.

Though It’s Not Required, Ablution (wudu) Before Reciting Quran Is a Sunnah Since It Purifies the Body from Any Contamination in Preparation for Meeting Allah’s almighty,

In the absence of water, it is permissible for Muslims to make tayammum. Use dust for purification instead of water to wash your arms.

As for those who were in Janaabah or who were menstruating, It is forbidden for them to read the Qur’an, although it is permissible to read the Qur’an in their hearts without uttering it, as Allah said in Quran.

“touched by none except the purified people. (al-Waqiah/79)

Also, of the manners of cleanliness is to use a tooth-stick ( Siwak) to remove any contamination of your mouth, to wear clean clothes, clear of any filth, and if possible, put on some perfume on your cloth.

Hudhaifa said that when the holy Prophet got up to pray during the night, he cleansed his mouth with the tooth-stick.

(Bukhari and Muslim.)

3.Sit in A Decent Manner

Before you sit, ensure the place you chose to recite Quran is clean, and It’s Best to Recite Quran in The Masjid, as It’s the home of Allah…

It is better to sit with the legs clasped together and your back straight, which is the most appropriate position for the seeker of knowledge, And make sure that you face receiving Kaaba.

Nonetheless, it’s not required to sit. You can read Quran in any posture as Allah said in Quran.

˹They are˺ those who remember Allah while standing, sitting, and lying on their sides ( Al Imran, 191)

Etiquettes of Reciting Quran

4.Seek refuge from Allah from Satan

As Allah said in Quran to the prophet Mohammed in surah Al Nahl, 98

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

Then say bismillah al Rahman al Rahim before reciting any surah except al Tawbah.

You can also use this narration, taken from the prophet Mohammed before reciting Quran.

I seek refuge in Allah, the All-Hearing and the All-Knowing, from the accursed devil, from his madness or evil suggestion (Hamz), from his puffing up (Nafkh), and from his witchcraft (Nafth)

Read more: 20 Practical and Effective Techniques for Memorizing Quran Faster 

5. Don’t read it hastily.

The reciter should glorify the Quran and slow down when he recites Quran to pronounce each letter properly.

Allah said in the Quran

"or a little more—and recite the Quran ˹properly˺ in a measured way. (Al-muzzammil/4).

, and one of the people talks to the prophet Mohammed, saying

I recite all the Mufassal surahs in one rak’ah.

So the prophet said: You must have been reciting It hastily like the recitation of poetry. Verily. There are people who recite the Qur’an, but it does not go beyond their collar bones. It is (a fact with the Qur’an) that it is beneficial only when it settles in the heart and is rooted deeply in it.

6. Not Recite It in A Loud Voice.

Especially if you’re sitting with people who recite Quran, so you don’t distract each other.

Ibn ‘Umar and al-Bayadi reported God’s Messenger as saying, “He who prays holds intimate converse with his Lord, so he must consider how he does so, and none of you must recite the Qur’an more loudly than others.

So, keep your tone of voice low and modest, and remember that Allah said in ayat 19 surah Luqman.

" for the harshest of sounds, without doubt, is the braying of the ass"

And of course, there is no wrong if you sit with your family or friends to recite Quran together and memorize it as long as you don’t raise your voices so highly.

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

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Any group of people that assemble in one of the Houses of Allah to recite the Book of Allah, learning and teaching it, tranquility will descend upon them, mercy will engulf them, angels will surround them, and Allah will make mention of them to those (the angels) in His proximity.”

Etiquettes of Reciting Quran

7. Hold Mushaf with Your Right Hand

When You Pick up The Mushaf, You Should Use Your Right Hand If you can do it because Tayman doing things with that right hand is a sunnah.

‘A’isha narrated :

The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) loved to start from the right-hand side for performing ablution, combing (the hair), and wearing shoes.

You should also hold the Mushaf close to your chest and not let it touch the ground.

8. Obey the Commands in The Verses

When Reciting the Holy Book, You Might Find a Surah that Includes a Command Such as Seeking Refuge from Allah or Saying Subhan Allah, so Stop Reading Quran and Say Those Words…

For example, there is an ayah in surah Al Ahzab that urges Muslims to make a prayer from the prophet Mohammed.

Indeed, Allah showers His blessings upon the Prophet, and His angels pray for him. O, believers! Invoke Allah’s blessings upon him, and salute him with worthy greetings of peace.

So stop reciting an say: ” salah allah alayhi wa sallam”

Read more: The Best Age to Memorize Quran for Kids ( with Tips)

9. Avoid Talking with Others While Reciting

Ibn al-Uthaymeen said

” There is nothing wrong if a reciter talks to a person if he asks about something while reading the Qur’an. But he shouldn’t let himself be distracted, and the best is to apologize to the talker and ask him to continue the conversation in another situation.

Other than losing the revered ambiance, the reciter, when interrupted, might forget what verse he stopped at, especially if he is reading without mushaf. (By heart).

And if the reciter wants to speak to someone, there is no wrong with that, but he should not stop his reading deliberately to people unless there is a benefit.

9. Reflect on The Verses

Allah, SWT said in Quran:

Will they not then reflect upon the Qur'an or are there locks upon their hearts(Muhammed, 25)

Contemplating the verses of Allah means to think about them profoundly, reflect on their meaning, and feel them in your heart, so you obey the commands of Allah because he orders them.

Hudhaifah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported about the messenger of Allah:

When he recited an Ayah which mentioned the Tasbeeh, he would say Subhan Allah, and when he recited the Ayah which tells how the Rubb is to be asked, the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) would then ask from Him. When he (ﷺ) recited an Ayah asking one to seek Protection Allah, he would seek Protection of Allah. Then he bowed and said, “Subhana Rabbiyal-Azim (My Rubb the Great is free from imperfection)”; his bowing lasted about the same length as his standing.

Also, one of the etiquettes of reading the holy book is to Stop reading when yawning until it is gone.

Etiquettes of Reciting Quran

10. Weep when Reciting

Allah Describes the Believers’ Recitation of The Quran in Surah Al Israa.

And they fall upon their faces weeping, increasing them in humility.” (al Israa, 109)

Weeping while reciting the holy book is one of the expressions that verses have touched your heart, and it’s a sign of piety and humility to Allah.

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

The Prophet (ﷺ) said to me: “Recite the Qur’an to me”. I said, “O Messenger of Allah! Shall I recite the Qur’an to you when it has been revealed to you?” He (ﷺ) replied, “I love to hear it recited by others.” So I recited to him a portion from Surat An-Nisa’. When I reached the Ayah:

“How (will it be) then, when We bring from each nation a witness and We bring you (O Muhammad (ﷺ)) as a witness against these people?”. (4:41) He (ﷺ) said, “Enough for now.” When I looked at him, I saw his eyes were shedding tears. [Al- Bukhari and Muslim].

11. Stop at the end of each verse.

It’s a sunnah that the reciter can stop at the beginning or end of each verse if he loves to stop reciting.

Ibn Juraij quoted Ibn Abū Mulaika, who reported Umm Salama as saying, ‘God’s messenger used to make pauses in his recitation. He would say, ‘Praise be to God, the Lord of the universe, then stop. He would say, ‘The Compassionate, the Merciful, then stop.”

12. Go to bed when you feel drowsy

If you want to sleep and feel that you’re not aware of what you recite, it’s better to stop reciting the Quran and go to bed.

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

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “When anyone of you stands up for Salat at night and finds it difficult to recite the Qur’an accurately, and he is unaware of what he is reciting, he should go back to sleep.” [Muslim].

13. After Finishing, Hold the Mushaf in A Safe Place

Once you have finished reading the Quran, it is important to store it safely and avoid putting it on the floor because of its high status.

Placing the holy book neatly will protect the Quran from damage and keep it clean.

It is also a good idea to keep a copy of the Quran in a different location in case the first one is lost or damaged.

14. Ask Allah’s Mercy After Each Recitation

After each recitation, ask Allah for His mercy and remember He is the Most Merciful and always ready to forgive us.

We should also ask Him to help you stay on the straight path and to guide you to the truth.

15.Do Sajdah (prostration )

There are two types of Sajdah, the minor Sajdah, and the major Sajdah. The minor Sajdah is performed during the recitation of the Holy Quran, while the major Sajdah is a part of the daily prayers.

To perform the minor Sajdah, place your forehead on the ground while keeping your hands open at their sides and say:

I have prostrated my face to the One Who created it, giving me hearing and sight by His might and power. Glory is to Allah, the Best of creators.

Why should we develop our understanding of the Quran?

There are many reasons why you should develop your understanding of the Quran.

The Quran is the word of God, and as such, it contains His guidance for us.

It is a source of wisdom and knowledge that can help you to lead a better life. In addition, by understanding the Quran, you can get to know Allah better and develop a closer relationship with Him.


Reciting the holy Quran requires some rules. We called them etiquettes because they are firm and should-to-follow commands. Rather, they are some manners that reflect your glorification for Allah. And, of course, not doing them isn’t a sin.

In this article, we mentioned some of those manners with proof for them from the sunnah, including reciting the Quran slowly to better understand its true meaning, keeping yourself clean internally and externally, and sitting in humility with your face confronting al Kaaba.

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