The Ten Inner Prerequisites of Reciting the Qur’an

Reciting the Qur’an disciplines the soul in many respects. It teaches man what he is required to do and stirs in him what he needs to purify his soul. Reciting the Qur’an enlightens the heart and reminds it of every proper conduct. In this… way, it aids the other duties of Islam bringing forth their fruits, such as the Prayer, alms-giving, fasting and the pilgrimage. Reciting the Qur’an is more likely to be effective if one ponders over the meanings with humility and contemplation

The Ten Inner Prerequisites of Reciting the Qur’an are:

  1. Understanding the original meaning of the words in the Qur’an
  2. Feeling of awe
  3. Consciousness of the heart
  4. Pondering over the meanings
  5. Deep understanding
  6. Abandoning the barriers of understanding
  7. The feel that Allah is addressing you
  8. To respond to the meanings of the words
  9. To be aware that Allah is witnessing your recitation
  10. To believe the words of the Qur’an are referring to you

– Imam al-Ghazzali rahimahu Llah –

Extra food?

Of what use is the fast as a means of conquering God’s enemy and abating appetite, if at the time of breaking it one not only makes up for all one has missed during the daytime, but perhaps also indulges in a variety of extra foods? It has become the custom to stock up for Ramadan with all kinds of foodstuffs, so that more is consumed during that time than in the course of several other months put together.

It is well known that the object of fasting is to experience hunger and to check desire, in order to reinforce the soul in piety. If the stomach is starved from early morning till evening, so that its appetite is aroused and its craving intensified, and it is then offered delicacies and allowed to eat its fill, its taste for pleasure is increased and its force exaggerated; passions are activated which would have lain dormant under normal conditions.

– Hujjat’ul-Islam Imam al-Ghazzali (rahimahu Llah) –

The Owner of house

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Sayyiduna Rabia al Basri (radi Allāhu ‘anha) was asked about Jannah, she replied,

The Owner of the house comes before the house.

– Hujjat-ul-Islam Imam al-Ghazali rahimahu Llah –

Obligatory in every state

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Every act of worship – be it prayer or alms-giving or fasting – has been made obligatory from time to time. But seeking knowledge is obligatory in every state.

— Imām al-Ghazālī rahimahu Llah –

The inward battle

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The inward battle makes no noise, and there are no weapons in it, but this battle is more important in its results than the battles in which corpses disperse, and in which blood is spent.

– Imam al-Ghazali rahimahu Llah –

Three qualities in a person you should seek if you want friendship!

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Know that, if you seek friendship, look for Three qualities in a person:

The first is: Intellect. There is no benefit in friendship with a foolish person. An intelligent enemy is sometimes better than a foolish friend.

The second is: Good Character. Do not befriend someone who cannot restrain their anger or control their desire. Nor, someone who is a liar or who is greedy for this world.

The third is: Righteousness. Do not befriend someone who persists in major wrongdoings, for witnessing such actions on a regular basis makes wrongdoings seem insignificant.

These qualities rarely exist together. Keep interactions with your friends proportionate to the level of these qualities within them.

– Imam al-Ghazzali rahimahu Llah –

Remember Me, and I will remember you….

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Praise be to Allah; whose compassion is all-embracing and Whose mercy is universal; Who rewards His servants for their remembrance (Dhikr Allah) with His remembrance (of them) Verily Allah ta’ala has said;

Remember Me, and I will remember you.

– Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali rahimahu Llah) in Ihya ulum ad-Deen

Once was I slave

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Once I had been a slave: Lust was my master,
Lust then became my servant, I was free:
Leaving the haunts of men, I sought Thy Presence,
Lonely, I found in Thee my company.

— al-Ghazali rahimahu Llah –

Heart… How strange

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Thus heart is the place of Divine Glance (Al-Nadhr)…how strange! A person is more concerned about looking after the face which is the place of the glances of the creation (ie which is seen by the people), he washes it and removes dirt from it and he tries his best to beautify it so that people do not see any defects (of the face). However, he is careless regarding the heart which is under the Divine Glance. He doesn’t clean it, nor does he beautify it for Allāh’s sake. Rather he leaves it full of dirt (dirty) so much so that if people were to become aware of the dirt of his heart they would leave him and reject him….

– Imām al-Ghazālī rahimahu Llah –