Praise be to Allaah.
There is no specific du’aa’ mentioned in the Qur’aan or
Sunnah, or in the reliable books of du’aa’s and dhikr, or in the opinions of
the reputable scholars, that is to be recited before reading or memorizing
Qur’aan. Rather what is prescribed is to seek refuge with Allaah from the
accursed Shaytaan before reading, because Allaah says (interpretation of the
“So when you want to recite the Qur’aan, seek refuge with
Allaah from Shaytaan (Satan), the outcast (the cursed one)”
If a person makes du’aa’ at any time, asking Allaah to make
it easy for him to memorize Qur’aan or to enable him to understand what he
has learned by heart, or any appropriate du’aa’ that he wants to say,
without adhering to a particular time for reciting this du’aa’, then there
is nothing wrong with that.
With regard to the obligation of having wudoo’ before
touching the Qur’aan, you will find the answer to this question under
question no. 10672.
It is not necessary to cover the parts of the body that you
cover in prayer in order to read Qur’aan, so it is o.k. to read Qur’aan
wearing regular clothes, without covering the head.
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen said in his discussion on sujood
al-tilaawah (prostration required when reading certain aayahs of the
Qur’aan): “Sujood al-tilaawah should be done as soon as one reads it in the
Qur’aan, so it is o.k. to do sujood in any condition, even bareheaded etc.,
because this prostration does not come under the same rulings as prayer.”
From his words it may be understood that there is nothing
wrong with a woman reading Qur’aan with her head uncovered, because she will
only read an aayah where a prostration is required when she is reading
Qur’aan, so she will be reading it with her head uncovered. The Shaykh did
not explain to us whether her head may be uncovered when reading Qur’aan.
We advise you to strive to venerate and respect the Qur’aan, and read it with care, focusing on the meanings, at any time and in any circumstances, whatever is easy for you. The fuqaha’ stated that it is o.k. to read Qur’aan in all circumstances, standing or sitting, sitting cross-legged or otherwise, lying down, riding or walking, because of the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) who said: “The Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to lie down with his head in my lap when I was menstruating, and he would recite Qur’aan.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 297; Muslim, 301.