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The Quran and the Heart (Hadith Series)

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    The Quran and the Heart (Hadith Series)

    The Quran and the Heart (Hadith Series)

    (Edited by a MuslimForLife)

    In the name of Allah, the compassionate, the most merciful.

    The Messenger of Allah :saw: said, "Any heart lacking even a portion of the Quran is a like a ruined house." (Tirmidhi)

    Shaykh Yahya Rhodus comments:

    So our Prophet :saw: is giving us a similitude to understand what happens to the heart when we do not have the Quran in it. What is the heart really like. And he :saw: says, it is like a "ruined house" (al Bayt al kharib). It could be used both for houses and cities. Just as you could imagine an abandoned house that has been ruined. Just as you could imagine an abandoned city that is also uninhibited. And we all know that feeling, that when you drive down the street and you see a house, that outwardly the house is there but the windows are boarded up. And there is no one or nothing inside. You also know the feeling of when you pass by an abandoned city, where you know there were people who use to live there, and now everyone has fled.

    The outward structure remains but there's the eerie type of feeling of alienation and abandonment where one feels lack of life. A city that was once thriving. A city that was once flourishing and no longer is. Our Prophet :saw: is telling us, this is our state without the Quran.

    We know in one of the blessed duas of our Prophet :saw:. This is a dua for relieving anxiety and sadness, that our Prophet :saw: went to say,

    Allahumma Taj'ala al Qurana rabia qal biy wa noura basari, wa ja'ala husni was dhahaba

    O Allah, make the Quran, the spring of my heart and the light of my eyes, the removal of my sadness and the relief of my distress.
    (Ahmad - Sahih)

    The Quran is like the spring of the heart. It will bring the heart to life. It will cultivate all of the meanings that need to be there in order to be close to Allah. It will allow the heart to blossom. It will allow the heart to flourish. The Prophet :saw: is telling us, that without the Quran, inside of us, without the Quran in our hearts we will be like a ruined house. It will be like this terrible site of an an abandoned house that is lifeless.

    So this is an encouragement to read the Quran, and hear the Quran recited and to listen attentively to the Quran, to understand the Quran, to reflect upon the Quran, to memorize the Quran, and believe in the Quran and to put the Quran into practice. That one follow the instruction of the Quran in terms of the character that it is teaching one to have, so that we can implement it within ourselves. All of these things are to the heart, are to what the decorations are to an inhabited house.

    So you can imagine that ruined house that is juxtapose to a very comfortable intimate house, that when you come in from the cold outside. This house is warm inside, there you find beautiful tiles and carpet on floor, completely furnished with decorations and pictures on the wall. There are lamps all of these different types of things that make you comfortable inside. This is what the Quran does to your heart. It will bring your heart to life and it will allow it to flourish. And it will adorn it. It will adorn it with the very best things that we , that are pleasing to Allah. That it will assist in our practice to be, that it will be in conformity to the will of Allah. And it encourages to have the utmost character. That reflecting upon the meaning of the verses of the Quran are the very best things to reflect upon. Reflecting upon death. Reflecting upon the promise of Allah. Reflecting upon the afterlife. Reflecting upon all the manifestation that we will experience in the afterlife. This will bring the heart to life. It will cultivate the highest meanings in the heart.

    This is what our Prophet :saw: is teaching us that if we neglect everything that was just mentioned that our hearts will be abandoned. That it will be like this ruined house. That when we see it outwardly no wants to live in there. No one wants to be next to it, let alone go inside of it.

    The Messenger of Allah :saw: said, "There lies within the body a piece of flesh. If it is sound, the whole body is sound; and if it is corrupted, the whole body is corrupted. Verily this piece is the heart." (Bukhari and Muslim)

    And our hearts we want them to be beautiful and cultivate it with meanings that are pleasing to Allah and our Messenger :saw: We must, establish a strong connection to the Book of Allah. We do this by reading the Quran on a daily basis, understand the Quran, reflect upon the Quran and put it into practice. There are beautiful ways that the scholars of past in traditional cities have, that implemented ways that which the Muslim community could have regular reading of the Quran. But we need to put in that effort. Learn how to recite it learn its meanings. Study it on a regular basis. In sha Allah this will be a means for us to be far from having a heart that is like a ruined house. We want our hearts to be filled with the utmost beauty. May Allah bless the homes of our hearts with the Quran. Reading, listening, understanding, reflecting upon it, memorizing it, and believing in it. So our heart is the locus of the gaze of our Lord. So when He looks upon our hearts, that it will be colored with the highest of meanings, beautiful meanings that Allah will accept those hearts and upon the doors of mercy to them.
    Messenger of Allah :saw: said, “Allah does not look at your figures, nor at your attire but He looks at your hearts [and deeds].” [Muslim]

    This is a podcast that Shaykh Yahya Rhodus gave on This podcast was transcribed and edited by aMuslimForLife. I added a couple of hadiths.

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    Re: The Quran and the Heart (Hadith Series)

    'Abdullah ibn 'Amr that the Messenger of Allah, :saw:, said, "Those who know the Qur'an will be told, 'Recite and ascend. Recite slowly as you did in the world below. Your station will be at the last verse you recite.'" (Abu Dawud)

    Abu Sa'id al-Khudri who reported that the Messenger of Allah, :saw:, said, "The one who knows the Qur'an will be told, 'Recite and ascend.' He will recite and rise a degree by every ayat until he reaches the last thing he has." (Ibn Majah)