Qur’an recitation is of two types:

1. Practical recitation
Reading sincerely with belief in it and acting upon the orders of Allah and refraining from what He prohibited.

2. Word recitation
Many narrations emphasize the great reward for those who recite the Qur’an.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The best of you is he who learns the Qur’an and teaches it.” (Bukhari)

He (peace be upon him) also said, “The one who excels in reciting the Qur’an will be in the company of the honored angels.” (Sahih Muslim)

And, “The example of the believer who reads the Qur’an is like that of the Utrujah (a citrus fruit) which has a beautiful fragrance and a beautiful taste.

While the example of the believer who does not read the Qur’an is like that of the date fruit: It has sweet taste, but has no fragrance.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said, “He who recites one letter of the Book of Allah, will be rewarded for it, and the reward will be multiplied in folds.” (Tirmidhi – classed Saheeh by Al-Albani)

There are certain Surahs of the Qur’an that have more rewards for their recitation. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said that Satan does not enter the house wherein Surah Al-Baqarah is recited. (Sahih Muslim)

When one recites Ayaatul-Kursi at night, as the prophet (peace be upon him) informed us, he will be protected by Allah, and Satan will not come near him till he wakes up in the morning. (Bukhari)

Similar protection is also for reciting the last two verses of Surah Al-Baqarah or the last three Surahs of the Qur’an. (Bukhari)

– By Shiekh Muhammad Bin Saalih Al-Uthaymeen