Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
When is the best time(s) to read the Qur’an each day?
Generally, it is best at night and early morning.
Specifically, it is best at the time when:
a) one can be consistent in reading it daily, and
b) have the best presence of heart.
Sayyida A’isha (Allah be well pleased with her said, “The actions most beloved to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) were those performed consistently” [Bukhari and Muslim] Why? Because such actions transform one’s life.
I would highly recommend Shaykh Musa Furber’s translation of Imam Nawawi’s excellent work, Etiquette with the Qur’an (http://www.starlatch.com/books/viewitem.php?id=44).
From the site:
Now for the first time in the English language, Starlatch presents an enduring classic work (composed by the illustrious Imam al-Nawawi) on the etiquette that a Muslim should have with regard to handling, teaching, studying, respecting, and reciting the Quran. The topics this volume raises include: ritual cleanliness, opportune times for recitation, the etiquette that students have with their teachers (and that teachers must have with their students), and a variety of other issues that every Muslim should know and often ask about.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Imam al-Nawawi Without argument, Imam al-Nawawi is one of the most well known scholars and spiritual masters in Muslim history. He was a consummate scholar of several disciplines, including law, Prophetic traditions, Quran exegesis, and grammar. His works and profound personal circumspection have inspired millions of believers on spiritual and intellectual planes. He was born in Greater Syria, where he also died in 1277 at the age of 45.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR Musa Furber Musa Furber was born in Massachusetts and raised in Portland, Oregon. He majored in linguistics at Portland State University, with an emphasis on computational linguistics and cognitive science, a major that required him to study a non-Indo-European language. As good fortune would have it, Arabic was the only class that fit in his schedule at the time, thus starting him off on what eventually would become a serious and personal study of the Quran and Islam. Musa embraced Islam and shortly thereafter embarked on a path of learning. While still a student in Portland, he studied Shafi’i fiqh with a scholar who was in Portland at the time. After graduating from college, Musa went to Damascus to further his Arabic studies. After a one-year return to the U.S., Musa again traveled to Damascus where he completed an intensive four-year study of the traditional sciences of Islam (hadith, Quran, fiqh, advanced Arabic grammar, biography of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), and more). After graduation, he continued his studies with scholars in and around Damascus. He has studied several important texts and is qualified to translate and teach them. Musa now resides in a small village outside of Damascus with his wife and three children.
From the Foreword of Sh. Nuh Ha Mim Keller:
The present work was designed and written to explain to men and women how best to benefit from the Book of Allah. The blessing of the Quran is that whoever recites it as it should be recited is changed by it, and brought by imperceptible degrees to see why everything is the way it is…. It is well known to everyone conversant with the Islamic disciplines that the learning of many things does not teach wisdom, and that traditional books do not reveal their secrets or bestow their benefits to those without the key to them. This key is adab, the “right way of doing things,” rendered in the title as “etiquette.”… Books, especially sacred ones, give their knowledge to those of adab, and Westerners who know something about the sciences of Islam have been waiting for a book like this in English for a long time.
Also when it comes to reading certain verses of the Quran as well as prophetic duas, after Fajr and after Maghrib, I think that part of the adab of doing those is that you are in a clean place (e.g. in your room and not outside on the street where you can have animal faeces on the ground in the west), sitting on the ground facing the qiblah, and not doing anything else? But what if I wanted to do these same dhikr while walking outside, or while doing some organising of papers – can u miss out on some of the blessings by doing it like that?
And Allah alone gives success.