Ways to Increase ‘Eeman: Reciting and contemplating upon the Qur’an.
Al-Ajurri, may Allah have mercy upon him, said:
"Whoever contemplates His words, will know the Lord and he will know of His great power and capability, His immense favor upon the believers, and of the obligation upon himself to worship Him.
Accordingly, the person imposes this duty upon himself thereby being on his guard against that which his Generous Patron and Protector has warned of and coveting that which He has made desirous.
Whoever is of this description when reciting the Qur’an or when listening to it when recited by another, the Qur’an will be a cure for him. He becomes rich without money, he attains power and strength without kinsfolk and finds intimacy in that which others feel alienation towards.
His desire when opening a Surah for recitation will be, ‘when will I accede to the admonition contained within what I recite?’ and his desire will not be, ‘when will I complete this Surah?’
His aspiration is none other than, ‘When will I understand what Allah is addressing me with? When will I restrain (from committing sins)? When will I take heed?’
This is because reciting the Qur’an is worship and it is not to be done so in a state of heedlessness, and Allah is the one who grants the tawfiq towards that?”
For this reason, Allah, the Generous, orders His servants and encourages them to ponder over the Qur’an, Allah says:
"Do they not then contemplate on the Qur’an? Had it been from other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much contradiction.” [Al-Qur’an 4:82]
"Do they not then contemplate on the Qur’an, or are there locks upon their hearts?” [Al-Qur’an 47:24]
Allah proclaims that He only revealed the Qur’an so that its ayat would be pondered over, He says:
"(This is a) Book that We have sent down to you, full of blessings, so that they may ponder over its ayat, and that those of understanding may remember." [Al-Qur’an 38:29]
Allah also explains that the reason behind the lack of guidance for the one who deviates from the straight path is his disregard for reflecting on the Qur’an and being too proud to listen to it, He says:
"Indeed, My ayat used to be recited to you, but you used to turn back on your heels. With haughtiness, you talked evil about it (i.e., the Qur’an) throughout the night. Have they not then pondered over the Word (i.e., the Qur’an) or has there come to them what had not come to their fathers of old?” [Al-Qur’an 23:66-68]
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