Preoccupation with the Quran is one of the most virtuous acts of worship, whether by reciting it, pondering on its meanings, or working according to its teachings. Quran recitation is great art in its self. There is a difference between reading and reciting Quran. Abu Hurayra said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, “Allah does not listen to anything so gladly as He listens to a Prophet with a good voice chanting the Qur’an aloud.”
Learn tajweed rules
To improve your Quran recitation, the most important tip is to learn tajweed rules. Tajweed is beauty of Quran and beauty of Quran recitation fades without tajweed. Learn them and practice them. Learn them from any expert, either by joining any Quran class or you can avail facilities of online Quran classes, like AlQuran Classes provides an excellent tajweed course.
Get online tutor:
Often its difficult to learn anything without supervision . the level of punctuality and devotion needed for mastering quran recitation skills ,is impossible to achieve without any expert Quran teacher . so if you find it hard to join any quran class near your residence or in case there is no such facility available near by, best option is to join online Quran classes. You can join Quran community of AlQuran Classes by registering here.
Start from short Surahs:
Start from short and easy surah. 30th chapter of Quran is specifically useful for the beginners of Quran recitation. You can find many short surahs, covering all basic level of rules of tajweed. Once you get a hold on couple of short surahs, then you can go on to long surahs easily. this tip is especially for kids who have habit of quran recitation.
Practice to increase your breath
Quran recitation is complete art in its self, there are certain tricks of good quran recitation. Beauty of recitation is in completing an ayah in a single breath and not stopping in between unnecessarily. As recitation is not mere reading, you have to spend a certain amount of time at each word and alphabet according to rules, so you need a long breath. Often people can not hold there breath for long time. You can practice little exercises to increase your stamina of holding breath. Like you can try to hold your breath ( just an exercise ,not while reciting) and find your limit at 30 seconds, keep on practicing and holding breath to increase this time span to 40-50-10-110 seconds and so on.
Try to avail break points
There are certain break points in Quran,where you are allowed and some times recommended to stop. Use them as bonus, and gather as much air in your lungs as you can to finish rest of the ayah comfortably. This tip can help you finish ayah beautifully instead of finishing it fast to complete ayah.
Associate your new habits with old ones:
Link your habits. Like you offer prayer 5 times a day, you can link our quran recitation with it. Do recite any two short surahs at end of each prayer, instead of devoting a separate hour of the day for practice of Quran recitation. Or you can try reciting during salah, but make sure all your focus is not on tajweed of surah , salaah need your attention and focus it self.
Do not be hasty :
You can’t become master of Quran recitation in a single day. Go slow but steady. Learn some thing, and then spend proper time to practice what you learn. Donot go on next step until you find your grip firm on previous step.
Quality over quantity:
Two ayah you recite perfectly with out any mistake are much better than the two pages you read with poor understanding, stuttering, stammering and lots of mistakes.
Smart use of your smart phone:
Download Quran with audio in your phone. In this way, you can practice your Quran recitation at any time. There are certain tajweed apps also available , you can try them also.
Read along with reciter :
While playing any audio of any reciter, try to recite with them. Focus on makhaarij and time delays for each alphabet. Notice the ups and downs in voice and try to recite with the reciter. This can make your recitation much better.
Learn Some Vocabulary:
This would help you in understanding what you recite. So, it would help you to focus more on oration or recitation than on memorizing and recalling surah. More over, its an obvious thing, when you know the meaning , your voice comes from heart and has emotions.
Finally , practice makes a man perfect !
Final and most important tip is , RECITE, RECITE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. Follow the first advice given to the Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) “Recite!”. Recite as much as you can, as frequently as you can. Nothing can replace this discipline. The more you do it, the better you get at it. Before you know it, you’ll be reading an unfamiliar page in the same amount of time it used to take you to read a couple of lines.
Think about it
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