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A NEW WORLD AWAITS YOU: TILAWAH OR RECITATION

Tilawah or recitation is an act in which your whole person -- soul, heart, mind, tongue and body -- should participate. To recite the Qur'an thus, as it deserves to be recited, is not a light task; but nor is it difficult or impossible. Otherwise the Qur'an could not have been meant for a layman like you; nor could it be the mercy and the guidance that it surely is. But it does entail many a travail of heart and mind, soul and intellect, spirit and body; and requires that certain conditions be observed and obligations be fulfilled -- some inwardly, some outwardly. You should know them all now before you enter the glorious world of the Qur'an.

Copied from 'THE ISLAMIC SCHOLAR'