It is recommended for every believer to recite the Book of God, the Noble Quran with due contemplation and understanding. This may be done by using a copy of the Quran or from one's memory.
Allah - the Most High – Says, “[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you, [O Mohammad], that they might reflect upon its verses and that those of understanding would be reminded.” [Quran 38:29]
Are you one of those people who rarely touch the Quran or do you read it daily, but you don't find the best impact on you? Whatever the case may be, these are some simple tips that can help you reconnect with the Quran.
1. Before you touch it, check your heart
The key to really benefiting from the Quran is to check your heart first, before you even touch God's book. Ask yourself, honestly, why you are reading it. Is it to just get some information and to let it drift away from you later? Remember that the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was described by his noble wife, as a "walking Quran": in other words, he didn't just read and recite the Quran, he lived it.
2. Before you touch it, make sure you are clean
Doing your Wudhoo (the Islamic procedure for washing parts of the body using water, in preparation for formal prayers) is good physical and mental preparation to remind you that you are not reading just another book. You are about to interact with God, the Most Exalted, so being clean should be a priority when communicating with Him.
3. Start with reading only five minutes every day
Too often, we think that we should read the Noble Quran for at least one whole hour. If you are not in the habit of reading regularly, this is too much. Start off with just five minutes daily. If you took care of step one, God willing, you will notice that those five minutes will become ten, then half an hour, then an hour, and maybe even more!
4. Make sure that you understand what you have read
Five minutes of reading the Quran is good, but you need to understand what you are reading. If you are not Arab, or you do not understand the Arabic language, then make sure you have a good translation of the Quran in the language you understand best. Always try to read the translation of what you have read that day.
Regarding those who neglect the Glorious Quran by not reading or not understanding it, God Almighty, “And the Messenger has said, "O my Lord, indeed my people have taken this Qur'an as [a thing] abandoned.” [Quran: 25: 30]
God Almighty informs us about His Prophet and Messenger, Mohammad (PBUH) that he said: "My Lord my people have abandoned - acting or listening - to the Quran" and that is because the idol-worshippers did not pay attention nor listen to the Quran, as God Says, “And those who disbelieve say, "Do not listen to this Quran and speak noisily during [the recitation of] it that perhaps you will overcome." [Quran 41:26]
5. Do not just read, you have to listen to it, too
There are now many audio cassettes and CDs of the Quran, a number of them with translations as well. It is great to put on your mp3 player or in your car as you drive to and from work. Use this in addition to your daily Quran reading, not as a replacement for it.
6. Practice supplication
Ask God, the Most Exalted, to guide you when you read the Quran. Your aim is to sincerely, for the love of the Lord, interact with Him by reading, understanding and applying His blessed words. Praying to God for help and guidance will be the best way to get closer to him.
When you are praying to God, you have a direct connection with Him. So when you are doing it, you shouldn’t be distracted, but instead you should be fully concentrated. The Prophet (PBUH) said:
“Pray to God and be sure that it will be answered, and know that Allah, the Exalted, does not answer your prayers from a careless heart which is not concentrating.”