Fuad, Reciting Quran, Repentance

Issue 749 » August 2, 2013 - Ramadan 25, 1434

Living The Quran

Al-Sajda (The Prostration) - Chapter 32: Verse 9 (partial)

"... He endows you with hearing, sight and insights: (yet) how seldom are you grateful."

The Quran recognises that an empirical attitude is an indispensable stage in the spiritual life of humanity and thus it gives equal importance to all the facets of human experience as yielding knowledge of the Ultimate Reality which reveals its symbols both within and without. According to the Quran, to secure a complete vision of Reality, sensory perception must be supplemented by the perception of Fuad or the heart as revealed in the above verse. The heart provides inner intuition or inner experience that brings us into contact with aspects of Reality other than those open to the senses. Mystically information is disseminated to the mind. It is a mode of dealing with Reality in which sensation, in the physiological sense of the word, does not play any part.

The region of inner experience, for the purpose of knowledge, is as real as any other region of human experience and cannot be traced back to sensory perception. The immediacy of inner experience resembles our normal experience and belongs to the same category. Unfortunately, living the present world of naked materialism, we have assumed, without criticism, that knowledge of the external world through sensory perception is knowledge.

Compiled From:
"Words That Moved the World" - Qazi Ashfaq Ahmad, p. 109

Understanding The Prophet's Life

Reciting Quran

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: "One who recites the Quran in a loud voice is like one who gives alms openly and one who recites the Quran quietly is one who gives alms secretly."[Abu Dawud]

Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas, "The Prophet's recitation was loud enough for one who was in the inner chamber to hear it when he was in the house." [Abu Dawud]

The Prophet, peace be upon him, once went out at night and found Abu Bakr praying in a low voice, and he passed Umar ibn al-Khattab who was raising his voice while praying. When they both met the Prophet together, the Prophet said: I passed by you, Abu Bakr, when you were praying in a low voice. He replied: I made Him hear with Whom I was holding intimate converse, Apostle of Allah. He (the Prophet) said to Umar: I passed by you when you were praying in a loud voice. He replied: Apostle of Allah, I was awakening the drowsy and driving away the Devil. The Prophet said: Raise your voice a little, Abu Bakr, and he said to Umar: Lower your voice a little. [Abu Dawud]

Compiled From:
"Prayer At Night" - Sunan Abu Dawud



Even if one tries his best to follow all of the steps and means that help one purify his soul, the nature of man is such that, in general, he is bound to falter every now and then. When a person falters and sins, though, that is not the end of the matter. As long as he has not reached the moment of death, the door to repentance will remain open to him. He need not despair - as long as he brings himself to account and repents to Allah for the sins and transgressions he has committed.

The true repentance includes:

1. Stopping oneself from the sin that one is committing
2. Feeling remorse
3. Having the sincere intention to never again return to performing that sin
4. If the sin also involved the rights of other humans, one must also rectify the wrong that he has done

Ibn Taymiyyah points out that repentance is not just from the performance of evil deeds but also from the lack of performing the good deeds.

Compiled From:
"Purification of the Soul" - Jamaal al-Din M. Zarabozo, pp. 380-382