Building a Relationship with the Quran
Certain basic states and attitudes of heart and mind are a necessary prerequisite to any fruitful relationship with the Qur'an. Develop them as much as you can. Make them part of your consciousness, keep them ever-alive and active. Integrate them in your actions. Let them penetrate the depth of your being. Without the help of these inner resource you will not receive your full measure of the Qur'an's blessings. They will be your indispensable companions, too, throughout your journey.
These inner resources are neither difficult nor impossible to find. Through constant awareness and reflection, through appropriate words and deeds, you can acquire and develop them. The more you do so, the closer you will be able to come to the Qur'an; the closer you come to the Qur'an, the greater will be your harvest.
What is the Heart?
The more important part of your 'person' is your inner self. This inner self the Qur'an calls the qalb or the 'heart'. The heart of the Prophet, blessings and peace be on him, was the first recipient of the Quranic message:
|'Truly it has been sent down by the Lord of all the worlds, the Trustworthy Spirit has alighted with it upon your heart [O Prophet], that you may be one of the warners . . .' (al-Shu'ara' 26:192-4)|
You will therefore reap the full joys and blessings of reading the Qur'an when you are able to involve your heart fully in your task, Insh'Allah.
May Allah always guide us to the right path and be pleased with us. Ameen.
Source: The Muslim Link
Topics: Heart, Quran
Please note though that the Arabic text for the ayah in item 3 is from the wrong ayah. It is from ayah 73, but it should be from ayah 43. The English translation is correct for ayah 43.