Definition of Quran:
Quran is the word of Allah (kalamu Allah) as revealed to his prophet Mohammad (PBUH), transferred to us through narration chains known as “Tawator” on seven ahruf, written between the covers of Holly Book, protected by Allah between the lines, recited as a form of worship, miraculous in its words and meanings, and challenging with its shortest Surah.
The entire Quran with its verses, suras and words is the actual words of the Almighty Allah, and not the speech of any one of mankind, jinn or angels. The Angel of revelation – Gabriel or Jibril (PBUH), only heard it from Allah and descended with the Qur’an to the Messenger of Allah Muhammad (PBUH).
Make sure that you are free of major and minor impurities. In the case of the former, you must perform ghusl, and for the latter, you’ll need to make wudu. Your body, clothes, and place of worship should be clean. However, if you are reading it from online or from memory, you do not need Wudu.
Gain a Basic Knowledge of Islam:
Before embarking on a study of the Quran, it is necessary to have some basic background in the faith of Islam. This will give you a foundation from which to start, and some understanding of the vocabulary and message of the Quran. Some places to gain this knowledge.
Seek refuge in Allah:
Before reciting the Qur’an, you need to seek refuge in Allah from Shaytaan. Recite: A-oo-dhoo Bill-laa-hee Mi-nash Shay-taa-nir-ra-jeem, meaning “I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the cursed.
Choose a Good Quran Translation:
The Quran was revealed in the Arabic language, and the original text has remained unchanged in that language since the time of its revelation. If you do not read Arabic, you’ll need to obtain a translation, which is, at best, an interpretation of the Arabic meaning. Translations vary in their style and their faithfulness to the Arabic original.
Concentrate while reading:
This means that you are not just looking at the words but you are bringing them into your mind and understanding what you are reading. Consider reading a page, then looking at the translation or Tafseer, or watching a short lecture that explores the context behind what you’ve read. If you just read the Arabic, and are not a native Arabic speaker, you probably won’t understand what you’re reading and you won’t feel engaged with the Quran.
Choose a Quran Commentary or Companion Book:
As an accompaniment to the Quran, it is helpful to have an exegesis, or commentary, to refer to as you read along. While many English translations contain footnotes, certain passages may need extra explanation or need to be placed in a complete context. A variety of good commentaries are available at bookstores or on-line retailers.
Look into Qur’an classes:
Consider taking classes to learn how to properly read the Qur’an, including understanding the rules of Tajweed (pronunciation). Although many local mosques provide Qur’an classes, you can also look into online courses/classes.