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The Sealed Nectar

 The Sealed Nectar by Shaykh Safi ur-Rahman

The Prophet (peace be upun him), would recite a hizb regularly each day without fail.

He (peace be upun him) used to recite slowly and precisely, not hastily, but with distinct pronunciation of each letter.

He (peace be upun him) used to start his recitation by seeking refuge in Allah from Satan, saying:
“A`udhu billaahi minash-shaytaanir-rajeem" (I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the rejected.)
Or perhaps he (peace be upun him) would say:
"O Allah, I seek refuge in You from Satan, the rejected, from his suggestion, his blowing and his breath."

He (peace be upun him) used to recite the Qur'an while standing, sitting or lying on his side, with wudhu' or without. Nothing prevented him from reciting it except the state of sexual impurity.

He (peace be upun him) used to recite stopping at the end of each verse, and would recite a surah so slowly that it seemed longer than one, which was actually longer.

He (peace be upun him) used to chant when reciting the Qur'an, and said, “He is not of us who does not chant the Qur'an.” He also said: “Beautify the Qur'an with your voices.”

He (peace be upun him) used to lengthen pronunciation of the "madd" (extension) letters, for example, he (peace be upun him) extended the words "ar-Rahmaan'' (the Entirely Merciful) and ''ar-Raheem'' (the Especially Merciful).

He (peace be upun him) liked also to listen to the Qur'an being recited by someone other than himself.

When he (peace be upun him) came across a sajdah (prostration) verse, he would say “Allahu akbar" and prostrate. During his prostration he (peace be upun him) might say:
“My face has prostrated to Him who created it, formed it and gave it its hearing and sight through His might and power."
Or he might say: "O Allah, by [this prostration] remove from me a sin, register for me a reward, store it with You and accept it as you accepted it from Your servant, Dawud.”
He (peace be upun him) did not say, ''Allahu akbar'' when rising from this prostration, nor did he ever recite the tashahhud following it or the salaam.

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