Reciting the Qur’an disciplines the soul in many respects. It teaches man what he is required to do and stirs in him what he needs to purify his soul. Reciting the Qur’an enlightens the heart and reminds it of every proper conduct. In this… way, it aids the other duties of Islam bringing forth their fruits, such as the Prayer, alms-giving, fasting and the pilgrimage. Reciting the Qur’an is more likely to be effective if one ponders over the meanings with humility and contemplation

The Ten Inner Prerequisites of Reciting the Qur’an are:

  1. Understanding the original meaning of the words in the Qur’an
  2. Feeling of awe
  3. Consciousness of the heart
  4. Pondering over the meanings
  5. Deep understanding
  6. Abandoning the barriers of understanding
  7. The feel that Allah is addressing you
  8. To respond to the meanings of the words
  9. To be aware that Allah is witnessing your recitation
  10. To believe the words of the Qur’an are referring to you

– Imam al-Ghazzali rahimahu Llah –