Benefits reading the Quran:
The Prophet Muhammad stresses the importance of reading the Quran the following hadith: “The Prophet [SAW] said: ‘The parable of the believer who recites the Quran is that of a citron, the taste and smell of which are good. The parable of a believer who does not read the Quran is that of a date, the taste of which is good but it has no smell.
Being a non-Arab, I found it very difficult when I first started learning proper recitation of the Quran.
I received a lot of help from others by the guidance of Allah, and I will share with you some of the tips which I found very useful for rapidly facilitating proper Quranic recitation.
he parable of a believer who does not read the Quran is that of a date, the taste of which is good but it has no smell. The parable of a hypocrite who reads the Qur’an is that of basil, the smell of which is good but its taste is bitter. And the parable of a hypocrite who does not read the Quran is that of a colocynth (bitter-apple), the taste of which is bitter and it has no smell.
Take This Tips:
– Renew your intention every time.
Learning the phonemes of any new language is very difficult for an adult. Therefore you need a lot of stamina and will power to accomplish this. Often you might get discouraged when despite continuous efforts you fail to produce the right sound. During these times, remind yourself why you’re doing this.
Keep practicing. You don’t need a fixed time and place to practice makhraj and sifaat. Just try pronouncing them whenever they come in mind – while daydreaming, having a break from work, or watching TV. Just try producing those sounds, just like a baby does. A baby blabbers whenever he/she feels like, not caring what others think, not getting embarrassed, just enjoying what he/she is doing and learning a language at the same time.
-Listen and imitate
Listen as much as you can of Quranic recitation. For beginners it is best to select a slow monotonous recitation, e.g. Husayri (rh). Listen and try to repeat after it. You’ll find that soon you’re getting the hang of it.
-Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
Many of us have this notion that it is haram to recite Quran if you don’t know how to do it properly. This belief is not just wrong, it is in fact harmful as if prevents us from reciting the Quran. Allah said,
فَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ مَا اسْتَطَعْتُمْ وَاسْمَعُوا وَأَطِيعُوا وَأَنفِقُوا خَيْرًا لِّأَنفُسِكُمْ ۗ وَمَن يُوقَ شُحَّ نَفْسِهِ فَأُولَٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُونَ
So fear Allah as much as you are able and listen and obey and spend [in the way of Allah ]; it is better for your selves. And whoever is protected from the stinginess of his soul – it is those who will be the successful. [64:16]
-Take each rule one at a time
When you learn one rule of recitation, practice it and get the hang of it first before starting on the next rule. If you try to master too many rules at one go, there is a chance that you’ll get overwhelmed and might even feel like giving up. So make it slow and sure.