How to Listen to the Qur’an?

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While listening to the Qur’an, it is necessary to listen with reverence, awe and carefully, and if possible by trying to understand the verses. Following is a quotation from the hadith by Imam Said Nursi in his risale on Ramadan:

“To read and listen to the Qur’an as if it has been just revealed, and to listen to the Divine address in it as if you are there at the moment of revelation, and listen to it as if you hear it from Rasulu Akram alayhissalatu wassalam; perhaps to listen as if you hear it from Jabrail (as), or from Mutakallim-i Azali (Allah jalla jalaluhu)…”

Another statement about this subject is in Al-Mathnawi al-Nuri; it is as follows:

Know oh honourable [person]! When you hear the Qur’an being recited, you can listen to it in various ways.

1. In order to listen at heart and by imagination, send your ears to the time when Rasulu Akram alayhissalatu wassalam climbs the seat of messengership, addresses the humanity and delivers the verses of the Qur’an to them. You will be like you listen [to the Qur’an] as it comes out of that blessed mouth.

2. Or, while Jabrail (as) is conveying [the revelation] to Muhammad (asw), be like listening [to the Qur’an] at that moment of conveying and receiving [occurring] between these two holy persons.

3. Or be in an imaginary state of listening to the speech of Mutakallim-i Azali to Rasulu Akram alayhissalatu wassalam behind seventy thousand curtains at the maqam of Qaba Qawsayn.