We are teaching our children the Etiquette and Rules of reading Quran as part of the Islamic Manners Series. We also discuss the most crucial etiquette, such as reading the Quran without Wudhu’ and the appropriate way to read.

Rules of Reading the Quran

Every language has its form and structure and its own set of laws and instructions.

These criteria and rules provide the proper communication in reading, writing, and speaking for any vernacular. Although many dialects of speech exist worldwide due to regional differences, they all follow the same grammatical principles regarding taking gaps between sentences. The Holy Quran’s Divine Language has its own set of rules that every reader must follow when reciting this Highly Revered Scripture. So it is essential to know the rules of reading Quran. Because it is easier to comprehend a more extended conversation by breaking it down into smaller chunks. The Quranic clauses are gapped with some necessary stop and pause signs so that the reader can correctly comprehend their meaning. Learn Quran recitation with correct Tajweed (pronunciation) and in a rhythmic and phonetic style. In Arabic, the word “Waqf” means “to halt.”

The following are some of the Sacred Manuscript’s symbols and indicators that relate to the Rules of reading the Quran:

(⃝) – The Last Line of Verse

“Waqf e Taam” refers to the end of a particular verse in the Furqan e Hameed.

The “Perfect Stop” is another name for it. A circle depicts it at the end of a Quranic line.

Before continuing reading, the reciter must pause and take a deep breath.

It also shows that the message in that sentence has been delivered completely.

So a storyteller should return to the stanza, fully comprehend its idea, and prepare to learn about the following lines.

 (مـ) – The Obligatory Stop

The sign “Waqf e Laazim” obligates the reader to stop reading at this point since the term laazim means “to do at any costs.”

It’s because if you don’t pause here, the entire meaning of the statement will change dramatically.

 (ج) – The Permissible Pause

“Waqf e Jaaiz” indicates that the content mentioned in that fragment of the Ayah is complete. Therefore, one should halt here.

While it is not required to absorb the meaning stated in the last portion and prepare to learn about the fresh matter in the next part of the same verse.

(صلي) – Preference for Continued Discussion

“Al-wasl Awlaa” denotes that the words should be recited without interruption.

(قلي) – It is Preferable not to Stop

Although there are varying viewpoints on whether to cease reading the verses.

“Qeela ‘Alayhil-Waqf” is an indication that indicates not to halt recitation.

(ط)- This Sign

(ط) This Sign “ط” is known as the “waqf e mutlaq” or “absolute pause” symbol. This symbol is used in the recitation of the Quran to indicate a complete stop in the reading process.

The Embracing Stop “ Mu’aanaqah ” is a sign that signifies stopping at either of the triplets included in it, with no discontinuation simultaneously.

For Example In Suratul Baqarah Ayay 2:

ذَٰلِكَ ٱلْكِتَـٰبُ لَا رَيْبَ ۛ فِيهِ ۛ هُدًۭى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ

لا – Dont Stop

The Reciter Has to continue reading the word at this sign of “Laa” as it would change the meaning of the Quranic ayah altogether, yet one can stop if it comes at the end of the Ayah with Circle Mark of conclusion.

يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ لَا تَقْرَبُوا۟ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَأَنتُمْ سُكَـٰرَىٰ

To stop on the word Assalah as it Totally changes the meaning

وقف النبی – The Pause of Prophet PBUH

Waqf-un-Nabi” shows the parts of Quran where the Messenger ﷺ of God Himself stopped and took pause rather He was in Salah or not.

وقف منزل – The Pause Sign of Jibrael A.S

Waqf e Manzil” is the sign indicating the Angel, Jibrael`s stopping and taking pause at the time of revealing the Quranic Instructions over the Holy Prophet ﷺ.

وقف غفران – The Sign of Supplication

Waqf e Ghufraan” is a symbol indicating a place where the recite and listener should stop to make a prayer in front of Allah SWT to forgive their sins and ask Him From His Supreme Mercy.

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Breathless Pause Signs in the Quran

One of the subjects relevant to the laws of pausing and the Rules of reading Quran is (Sakt).

Sakt or Saktah refers to a two-count pause without breathing during recitation, represented by the letter in several Mushafs.

In Tajweed literature, there are four pauses in the Hafs recitation.

While you are reading Quran follow all these 8 tips to avoid mistake and concentration. 

  1. The Qur’an should be treated with the utmost respect, as it is the word of God.
  2. It should be read with the intention of seeking knowledge and guidance.
  3. After performing ablutions, it should be read in a state of ritual purity.
  4. It should be read with proper pronunciation and enunciation.
  5. It should be read in the original Arabic language.
  6. It should be read slowly and with contemplation.
  7. It should not be read in a rushed or careless manner.
  8. It should be read with reverence and humility.

How to Come to a Stop While Reading the Quran (Stopping at the Ends of Words)

It’s crucial to learn how to stop on any word when reading the Quran, in addition to mastering the laws of stopping.

The following is observed at the end of an Ayah or a sentence, or to take a breath:

Short vowels, such as Tanween, are deleted from the word’s last letter in pronunciation. The Tanween of Fathah, uttered while halting as an Alif, is an exception.

All vowels and Tanween (including Fathah’s) are deleted while pausing on Taa Marbutah (or), and the letter is pronounced as Haa with sukoon.


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