Wednesday, June 22, 2011

How do you Benefit from the Quran?

As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh! I hope this finds you close to Allah & in the best of health and Iman.

How Do You Benefit From the Qur'aan
Author: Ibn al-Qayyim
Source: Al-Fawaa'id
Article ID : SCL050004  [13272]  
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Ibn Al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said in al-Fawaaid:
Allaah the Exalted said:
Verily, therein is indeed a reminder for him who has a heart or gives ear while
he is heedful. (Qaaf 50:37)
When you desire benefit from the Quran, then bring your heart together during
its recitation, listen heedfully and have the presence of the one who is being
addressed and spoken to, since it is a speech from Him, the Sublime, to you,
upon the tongue of His Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam).

This is because the best and most complete effectis suspended between the

1. that which produces the required effect,
2. a place which receives this effect,
3. the condition which is necessary to receive such an effect and
4. the absence of that which prevents this effect from being obtained.
This verse has included all of the above with the most concise and clear of
wording, which is most direct in expounding the intended meaning.

His speech: (Verily, therein is indeed a reminder...) is an indication of what
has preceded from the beginning of Surah Qaaf to the present and this
constitutes that which produces the desired effect.

And His speech: (...for him who has a heart...) this is the place which receives
the effect and what is desired by it is: a living heart which understands from
Allaah, just as the Exalted has said:Yaa Seen 36:69-70)

It is but a Reminder and a Manifest, Clear Quran, that he (Muhammad) may give
warning to him who is alive (i.e. the healthy and live heart of the believer.) (
And His speech: (...or who gives ear...) the one who directs his listening and
the perceptive faculty of his hearing to what is being said to him, and this is
the condition of benefitting and receiving the desired effect from the words
(that one hears).

And His speech: (...while he is heedful) meaning his heart is present and
witnessing, not absent and unmindful.

Ibn Qutaibah said: "Listen to the Book of Allaah, while your heart and
understanding are present, not while you are unmindful and forgetful."

And this is an indication of that which prevents the desired effect [from the
Book of Allaah] from being obtained and that is the forgetfulness and absence of
the heart from understanding what is being said to it, looking at it with care
and pondering slowly and carefully over it.

So when that which produces the effect and that is the Book of Allaah; a place
which receives the effect and that is the heart; the necessary condition, which
is paying attention; the absence of that which prevents the effect and that is
the hearts occupation and distraction away from the meaning of the speech and
its turning way to something else are all present, then the effect will be
obtained and realised and that is benefiting from the Quran and its

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