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Bring Your Heart to Life With Qurʾān | Words of Advice from Sh. Saleh Al-Meghamsi

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For all who seek a tranquil heart, a few words of advice from our respected Shaykh Saleh Al-Meghamsi:

To everyone who listens to me or to anyone else, to anyone who reads our work or the works of others – let not your heart soften by anything greater than by the Qurʾān.

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To bring life to your heart, by Allah, besides Whom there is no other lord, even if you listen to hundreds of lectures, they will not equate a single ayah from the book of Allah.

Allah says:

إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا بِالذِّكْرِ لَمَّا جَاءَهُمْ ۖ وَإِنَّهُ لَكِتَابٌ عَزِيزٌ لَّا يَأْتِيهِ الْبَاطِلُ مِن بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَلَا مِنْ خَلْفِهِ ۖ تَنزِيلٌ مِّنْ حَكِيمٍ حَمِيدٍ مَّا يُقَالُ لَكَ إِلَّا مَا قَدْ قِيلَ لِلرُّسُلِ مِن قَبْلِكَ ۚ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَذُو مَغْفِرَةٍ وَذُو عِقَابٍ أَلِيمٍ

Indeed, those who disbelieve in the message after it has come to them… And indeed, it is a mighty Book. Falsehood cannot approach it from before it or from behind it; [it is] a revelation from a [Lord who is] Wise and Praiseworthy. Nothing is said to you, [O Muhammad], except what was already said to the messengers before you. Indeed, your Lord is a possessor of forgiveness and a possessor of painful penalty. [Surah Fuṣṣilat, 41-43]

The believer does not seek anything greater than the pleasure of Allah. And the pleasure of Allah is not attained by anything greater than love for the Words of the Lord of the Worlds. From among the greatest praise that Allah gave to those close to Him and the righteous is that they carry three traits, may Allah grant them to us with sincerity: That, if the ayat of Allah are recited upon them, 1. Their hearts become fearful. 2. Their skins shiver. 3. And their eyes shed tears.

Allah describes Musa, Harun, Ibrahim, Idrees, Ismail, Maryam and her son, peace be on them all, in Surah Maryam with different traits then says:

أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِم مِّنَ النَّبِيِّينَ مِن ذُرِّيَّةِ آدَمَ وَمِمَّنْ حَمَلْنَا مَعَ نُوحٍ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّةِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْرَائِيلَ وَمِمَّنْ هَدَيْنَا وَاجْتَبَيْنَا ۚ إِذَا تُتْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِمْ آيَاتُ الرَّحْمَٰنِ خَرُّوا سُجَّدًا وَبُكِيًّا

Those were the ones upon whom Allah bestowed favor from among the prophets of the descendants of Adam and of those We carried [in the ship] with Noah, and of the descendants of Abraham and Israel, and of those whom We guided and chose. When the verses of the Most Merciful were recited to them, they fell in prostration and weeping. [Surah Maryam, 58].

Matters are attained by habituation; hence, the greatest advice for one to awaken their heart is to stand in front of Allah at night, reciting verses wherein Allah extolled His Exalted Self. There are no words more beautiful and greater in their effect than the praise of Allah on Himself and what Allah says about Himself. There is no one greater than Allah, so there are no words greater than the words of Allah. And because there is no one greater than Allah, then there is no one more knowledgeable about Allah than Allah.

These are basic rules, so memorize them keenly: No one is greater than Allah. No words are greater than the words of Allah and no one has more knowledge of Allah than Allah. So if you come forth to stand in front of Him, training yourself for the night prayers, select ayat to recite that consist of the praises of Allah on His Exalted Self. Then, while you pray, repeat them over and over many times until, gradually, your heart is aroused and your eyes water.

As the days pass, your heart will grow to not be tranquil with anything more than the remembrance of Allah. For, the more one seeks tranquility through nearness to Allah, the more detached they will become from His creation. Allah says about is Exalted Self:

أَلَمْ تَرَ إِلَىٰ رَبِّكَ كَيْفَ مَدَّ الظِّلَّ وَلَوْ شَاءَ لَجَعَلَهُ سَاكِنًا ثُمَّ جَعَلْنَا الشَّمْسَ عَلَيْهِ دَلِيلًا ثُمَّ قَبَضْنَاهُ إِلَيْنَا قَبْضًا يَسِيرًا وَهُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ لَكُمُ اللَّيْلَ لِبَاسًا وَالنَّوْمَ سُبَاتًا وَجَعَلَ النَّهَارَ نُشُورًا

Have you not considered your Lord – how He extends the shadow, and if He willed, He could have made it stationary? Then We made the sun for it an indication. Then We hold it in hand for a brief grasp. And it is He who has made the night for you as clothing and sleep [a means for] rest and has made the day a resurrection. [Surah Al-Furqān, 45-47].

These are tangible things that you can see, so if you relate them to their Creator, certainty (yaqeen) will grow in your heart. Then Allah says:

وَهُوَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلَ الرِّيَاحَ بُشْرًا بَيْنَ يَدَيْ رَحْمَتِهِ ۚ وَأَنزَلْنَا مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً طَهُورًا لِّنُحْيِيَ بِهِ بَلْدَةً مَّيْتًا وَنُسْقِيَهُ مِمَّا خَلَقْنَا أَنْعَامًا وَأَنَاسِيَّ كَثِيرًا وَلَقَدْ صَرَّفْنَاهُ بَيْنَهُمْ لِيَذَّكَّرُوا فَأَبَىٰ أَكْثَرُ النَّاسِ إِلَّا كُفُورًا

And it is He who sends the winds as good tidings before His mercy, and We send down from the sky pure water. That We may bring to life thereby a dead land and give it as drink to those We created of numerous livestock and men. And We have certainly distributed it among them that they might be reminded, but most of the people refuse except disbelief. [Surah Al-Furqān48-50]

And Allah also says, in the end of Surat Al-Hashr:

هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ ۖ عَالِمُ الْغَيْبِ وَالشَّهَادَةِ ۖ هُوَ الرَّحْمَٰنُ الرَّحِيمُ هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلَامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ هُوَ اللَّهُ الْخَالِقُ الْبَارِئُ الْمُصَوِّرُ ۖ لَهُ الْأَسْمَاءُ الْحُسْنَىٰ ۚ يُسَبِّحُ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۖ وَهُوَ الْعَزِيزُ الْحَكِيمُ

He is Allah , other than whom there is no deity, Knower of the unseen and the witnessed. He is the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful. He is Allah , other than whom there is no deity, the Sovereign, the Pure, the Perfection, the Bestower of Faith, the Overseer, the Exalted in Might, the Compeller, the Superior. Exalted is Allah above whatever they associate with Him. He is Allah , the Creator, the Inventor, the Fashioner; to Him belong the best names. Whatever is in the heavens and earth is exalting Him. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise. [Surah Al-Hashr, 22-24]

Where is the poetry of the poets, the words of the fluent, and the eloquence of the eloquent, compared to these Words of the Qurʾān? Indeed, these are the Words of the Lord of Glory about Himself, Almighty. This is the true nourishment of the heart by which the believer is sustained, training themselves to not drink except from it, and not draw except from it’s source.

This is what drives towards the pleasure of Allah, towards Gardens, and with this the believer is guided to good deeds, leading him to the highest of ranks.

Oh Allah, you are Allah, other than whom there is no deity, knower of the unseen and the witnessed, upon Whom is the fate of everyone, the sustenance of everyone is with you, we ask You Oh Allah, with Your beautiful names and Divine attributes to send peace and blessings on Muhammad and the family of Muhammad and to grant us sincerity in all of what we say and hear. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad and his family.

For those who understand Arabic, you can also listen to the Shaykh here:

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Mariam is of Middle Eastern origin, raised in North America, not quite settling in one specific place. After living up in the North of North America, she has shifted continents and currently residing in a rapidly flourishing, historical city located in the desert of Arabia. She is a recent graduate of the American Open University, with a Bachelors in Islamic Studies. She believes that regardless of where a person is, writing is a tool to reach out and express that which inspires, touches and affects them. So she writes; perhaps that which inspires her will be a source of good for at least one other person.

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