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If a Quran is boxed in a decorative manner for display purposes, is it necessary to recite it?
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When a person gives you a copy of the Quran that is boxed in a decorative manner for display purposes, is it wajib or mustahab to open and read it even though it is meant for decorative purposes?
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The Quran is a book of guidance and life; it has been sent down to humanity to turn to it, read it and adhere to it. Never should it be used for decorative purposes. Given the details provided in your message, it is necessary that a part, if not all, of the said Quran be read.
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We have sent the same question to the offices of some of the grand religious authorities and the answers which we have received are as under:[1]
Grand Ayatollah Khamenei (may Allah grant him long life):
It is not obligatory to recite it per se except for when it has been stipulated by the gifting individual that it should be recited in which case it is necessary to act in accordance with the condition.
Grand Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi (may Allah grant him long life):
It is good to recite a part of that Quran every once in a while.
Grand Ayatollah Sistani (may Allah grant him long life):
It is appropriate to open the Quran and recite a few verses from it.
Grand Ayatollah Noori Hamedani (may Allah grant him long life):
It is not appropriate to keep the Quran without reading it.
Grand Ayatollah Saafi Gulpaigani (may Allah grant him long life):
There is no reward (sawab) in keeping it for decorative purposes, although there are some reports according to which looking at the text of the Quran is also an action of worship.
Ayatollah Hadavi Tehrani (may Allah grant him long life):
The Quran is a book of guidance and life; it has been sent down to humanity to turn to it, read it and adhere to it. Never should it be used for decorative purposes.
 

[1] - The answers have been received from the offices of grand Ayatollah Khamenei, Sistani, Makarem Shirazi, Saafi Gulpaigani, Noori Hamedani (may Allah grant them long lives).
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