It is very significant, for you, dear reader of the Quran, to observe the following:
* Do not touch the Quran except when in the state of ritual purity (Wudhoo), and only recite it when you are in that state.
* Brush your teeth with a (Siwaak), remove food particles from between them, and freshen your mouth before reciting.
* Sit up straight if (reading whilst) not in prayer, and do not lean back.
* Face the direction of prayer (Qiblah) when reciting.
* Stop reciting when you yawn, for when reciting, you are addressing your Lord in intimate conversation, while yawning is from the Devil.
* At the beginning of your recitation, seek refuge in Allaah from the accursed Devil by saying the Isti'aathah (i.e., "A'oothu Billaahi min Ash-Shaytaanirraajeem", which means: "I seek refuge in Allaah from Satan, the accursed."), whether beginning to read from the beginning of a Soorah (Quranic chapter) or from some other part that one has reached.
* Once you have begun, do not to interrupt your recitation from moment to moment with human words, unless absolutely necessary.
* Seclude yourself when reciting it, so as not to be interrupted by someone, forcing you to mix the words of the Quran with a reply, for this nullifies the effectiveness of having taken refuge in Allaah from the Devil at the beginning.
* Recite it slowly without haste, distinctly pronouncing each letter.
* Try to comprehend what is being said in every verse.
* Pause at verses that promise Allaah's favour, long for Allaah Most High and ask of His bounty. At verses that warn of His punishment, ask His protection from it.
* Ponder over the stories of past civilisations and individuals, taking heed and benefiting from their example.
* Learn the meanings of the Quran's unique lexical usages.
* Pay attention to each letter so as to clearly and fully pronounce every word, for each letter earns one ten good deeds.
* Whenever one finishes reciting, attest to the truthfulness of Allaah, and that His messenger Muhammad(sallallahu alaiyhi wasallam) has delivered His message; do this by saying: "Our Lord! You have spoken the truth, Your Messengers have delivered their tidings, and bear witness to this. O Allaah, make us of those who bear witness to the truth and who act with justice." After this, supplicate Allaah with prayers.
* If you put down the Quran, do not leave it open.
* Do not place other books on top of the Quran; it should always occupy a higher position than all other books, regardless of whether they are books of sacred knowledge or not.
* Place the Quran on your lap when reading, or on something in front of you, but not on the floor.
* Do not let a day go by without looking at least once at the pages of the Quran.
* Do not recite the Quran to the tunes of songs.
* When writing the Quran, do so in clear, elegant handwriting.
* If someone else is reciting, do not recite in a way in that would disturb him.
* Do not use the Quran as a pillow, or lean upon it.
* Do not toss it when handing it to someone else.
* Do not write it on the ground or on walls.
* Do not to enter the lavatory with a paper or anything else on which the Quran is written, unless it is encased in leather, silver, or other materials, for then it is as if kept in the heart.
* If you write it (on paper) and immerse that paper in a glass of water to drink it (for cure or other purpose), then make a noble and worthy intention, for Allaah only gives to one according to his intention.
* And if you finish reading the entire Quran, immediately begin reading it again from the beginning(surah fatihah), so it does not become something that has been abandoned.