Have you ever wonder why we have to raise our right index finger during tahiyat akhir?
Have you ever heard it is sunat to start clipping our nails with the right index finger?
Pn Bad (pronounced as 'bud', not 'bad') said in our class the other day that we are actually encouraged to recite the Qur'an with our index finger pointing & following the ayat that we read. Aside from helping us to focus and direct our eyes, she also pointed out;
"Maybe there's some kind of wave or magic or I don't know what, that can travel..."
And then she did this movement with her hands (index fingers out, other fingers curled) travelling to her head, afterwhich everyone chuckled.
Moral of the story:
1. Find out why the right index finger is so special
2. There's no need for fancy sticks or bookmarks. Let's recite the Qur'an using our right index finger & our right index finger only