Salaah: Quraan Recitation

The Prophet Muhammed (ﷺ) loved and enjoyed reciting the Qur’aan and reflecting on its beauty and wisdom whilst in the qiyaam, so much so that at times his feet would swell from the length of his recitation! His closest friend, Abu Bakr, would experience some of the deepest emotions as he recited the Qur’aan and shed tears of joy, love and awe of the Almighty. Some of the early pious and knowledgeable Muslims would ask their severe painful wounds to be treated only once they have immersed themselves in pondering over the meanings as they recited the Quranic words of Allah during the prayer so that the most severe of the pain would be lost in the joy of the recital!

The standing posture ensures a physical state that lends itself to the optimal spiritual state of love, humility, awe and deep reverence of the Almighty, the Lord of the Worlds. This posture facilitates a state of mind in which the Believer can recite the Qur’aan wholeheartedly with the awe that is most conductive to drawing the full benefit from the Qur’aan. Allah informs us in the Qur’aan that “O you who believe, if you have taqwa (a state of awe and fear avoiding sins), Allah will give you the Criterion (i.e ability to understand the right from wrong).”

Such a standing posture, thus, helps create this state of mind and establishes the mental and spiritual state to fully reflect upon the meaning of the Quran as it is recited, drawing from those words the wisdom, experiencing their emotional appeal and appreciating deep intellectual conviction, as well as communicating with the Almighty.

The Qur’aan is a book of guidance which not only provides sound rational sensible arguments but it also fills the Reciter’s heart with overwhelming emotional satisfaction through its highly phonetically influencing words, stories, loving and awe-inspiring connection with Allah, pleasant imagery of Paradise, the horrific portrayal of the Hell-fire, and the captivating reality that it paints in the minds of the reader as they recite the Quran reflecting on its message!

Especially, when you empty your mind from competing materialistic thoughts, and instead open you heart and mind to the Qur’aan, it pours upon you its devine treasures. The Qur’aan is a means to everlasting happiness, and this is a definite key to unlocking its treasures.

No wonder the prophet (s.a.w) rated the prayer as the most beloved of experiences he felt, “Made beloved to me from the wordly (matters) is the fragrance and the women-folk, and the Prayer has been made the cooling (and comfort) of my eyes!”

Whenever anything worried him, he rose immediately to draw pleasure in the Prayer, as is reported authentically in the hadith. It was not only the Prophet who experienced this immense joy from prayer, but even in our times today, despite the wide spread immortality, we still see many others among Muslims who lose themselves completely for cherished moments in the beauty of the Qur’an as they recite it during their prayers, with uncontrollable tears of sheer joy!

Summary: The Qur’aan does wonders for the rational mind and the emotional heart. And the unique Islamic standing posture in the prayer sets the most suitable mental state to receive its wisdom, and creates also an ideal spiritual atmosphere to experience the coolness of eyes from the prayer! The key, as mentioned above, is to turn your mind away from all competing desires and, instead, direct it towards Allah and focus it soley upon His beautiful words, the Qur’an. You will then discover that there is nothing in life as great as that feeling!

May Allah fill our lives with the sweetness of Iman from prayer and recital of the glorious Qur’aan, ameen!

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