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Alhamdullillaah by Allaah's grace i am memorising the quran, I have completed almost 12 juz(Alhamdullilaah) but I feel that I don't recite in a beautiful manner...

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As salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

Alhamdullillaah by Allaah's grace I am memorising the quran, i have completed almost 12 juz(Alhamdullilaah) but I feel that I don't recite in a beautiful manner, I try to listen to tapes of qurra but I am unable to catch the rhythm, and I dont want shaytan to make me do ghulu in it.
And how can one say that he/she is reciting beautifully that which is commanded in the quran and sunnah, without committing riya. How would you advice me in it?

Jazakallaahu khairan.

Answer

Wa alaikum assalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Riya (showing off) is something in the heart, and we always have to protect ourselves from that, but if we make our niyaah purely for Allah's sake and not for the sake of people, then we are not committing riya.  We just have to purify our intentions always, every day, every moment. 

As to making your recitation beautiful, the true beauty in recitation is in those who recite with proper articulation points of the letters and apply the characteristics completely with mastery.  This is beautiful recitation.  Of course, if Allah has given us a pleasant voice, it helps, but our main focus should be on reciting with complete mastery of tajweed.
There are many who mistakenly focus on beautifying their voice at the expense of proper tajweed.  This is not allowed and showed be avoided. 
May Allah be pleased with your recitation and make easy for you the completion of memorization of the Qur'an. 
Wa iyyaakum.
Wa assalaam alaikum
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