Recite the Holy Qur’an with eagerness and fervour and put all your heart and soul in the recitation. Be sure that love of the Qur’an means love of Allah. The Holy Prophet (Pbuh) affirmed: “The best form of ibadah for my followers is recitation of the Holy Quran.”
Engage yourself in the recitation of the Holy Qur’an most of the time and never feel weary of reciting the Holy Book. The Holy Prophet (Pbuh) observed: “The man who has studied the Holy Qur’an and recites it daily can be likened to a basket full of musk whose sweet smell is making the whole atmosphere fragrant. And the man who has studied the Holy Qur’an but does not recite it may be likened to a bottle full of musk whose mouth has been sealed with a stopper.” [at-Tirmithi]
Recite the Holy Qur’an with the sole motive of seeking guidance. Do not recite the Holy Book for the sake of gaining popularity, or establishing a reputation for good harmonious recitation or making a name for piety.
Take care to be completely neat and clean before you sit down for recitation. Do not touch the Holy Book without performing an ablution (wudhu) and recite it sitting in a clean and tidy place.
Sit cross-legged with your face towards the Qiblah and recite the Holy Qur’an with your head bowed, with utmost care, complete attention, eagerness of heart and in a proper manner.
As far as possible recite the Qur’an in a clear and distinct manner and read the letters correctly and utter the syllables in proper style (tajweed) and recite slowly.
Recite the Holy Qur’an whenever you find time, but do try to recite Holy Qur’an in the course of Tahujjud prayer at dawn. This recitation of the Holy Qur’an entails the reward of highest degree and it should be the aspiration of the true believers to attain the apex of excellence in reward for recitation.
Do not complete the reading of the whole of the Holy Qur’an in less than three days.
Recite the Holy Qur’an with the conviction that on this earth this Book is the only source of Guidance for mankind. Do not recite it rapidly but form the habit of reading slowly, distinctly, and with careful understanding of the meanings and try to ponder over the message conveyed to us.
Recite the Holy Qur’an with full determination to adapt your life to the injunctions of the Holy Book and to reform the pattern of your living in the light of the guidance provided by it.
Source: Etiquettes of Life in Islam, by Muhammad Yusuf Islahi.