Seeking refuge with Allah (Al-Istiaadha)

Reciting the Quran, even as a learner is an act of worship and we need to observe certain etiquettes before dipping into the actual reading of the Quran, some of which are as follows:

  1. Being clean in body and clothing and in the state of wudu (ablution) is highly recommended.
  2. Having the correct intention of it being an act of worship for the pleasure of Allah only.
  3. Being in a state of humility and attentiveness of the mind.
  4. Seeking refuge with Allah and saying the Basmalah.

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Seeking refuge with Allah(Al-Istiaadha)

Seeking refuge with Allah (swt) before reciting the Quran is a command from Allah (swt) in the Quran when He Says:

فَإِذَا قَرَأْتَ الْقُرْآنَ فَاسْتَعِذْ بِاللَّهِ مِنَ الشّيْطَانِ الرّجِيمِ
So when you want to recite the Qur’an, seek refuge with Allah from Shaitan (Satan), the outcast (the cursed one). (An-Nahl, Q16:98).

For this reason whenever we start out on reciting the Quran we seek refuge with Allah by saying:

أَعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشّيْطَانِ الرّجِيمِ
I seek refuge with Allah from Shaytan the rejected.

Situations to say Al-Istiaadha

  1. When starting to recite Quran from the beginning of a Surah.
  2. When starting from any other point in the middle of a Surah.
  3. On resuming recitation from being interrupted, due to external necessity not relating to Quran such as speaking.
  4. There is no need to repeat Al-Istiaadha, if reading is cut off by sneezing, coughing or talking relating to the recitation.

How to say Al-Istiaadha

  1. Al-Istiaadha is recited silently when reading alone or silently.
  2. Al-Istiaadha is recited silently when starting recitation in Salaah.
  3. Al-Istiaadha is recited loudly when reciting aloud for others to hear.
  4. If recitation is done in turns like in a classroom or teaching circle, the first reader says Al-Istiaadha loudly and the rest say it silently.

Next: Saying the Name of Allah (Al-Basmalah)

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