The Method of Concentration when Reciting the Quran
It is a normal practice that when a person is asked to recite the Qur’an, one will recite it very beautifully. As far as possible, one will recite with full concentration, a good tune and bear in mind all the necessary rules. Based on this, when you wish to recite the Qur’an, think to yourself that Allah Himself has said: “Let Me listen to you, I want to see how you read.” You should bear in mind that Allah is listening carefully to what you are reading. You should also think to yourself that if you read with caution when someone else is listening to you, then how much more caution you will have to exercise when reciting to Allah. Once you have taken all these factors into consideration, commence reciting. As long as you are reciting, try and maintain these thoughts in your mind. If your recitation begins to falter and your concentration begins to drift, stop your recitation for a little while and bring the above-mentioned factors back to mind. In so doing, Inshâ Allah, your recitation will become correct and clear and your concentration will also be maintained. If you practice this over a period of time, you will be able to concentrate with ease.
Advice from a pious Predecessor