7 Reasons for the Closure of Hearts Toward the Quran

3. Abandoning the books of Tafsir (Explanation of Quran)

One who does not exert any effort to study the meanings of the Quranic verses and their historical context cannot reflect on the Quran properly and appropriately. Such a person will never be able to obtain the correct meaning of the verses or their sound interpretation.

{Then do they not reflect upon the Quran? If it had been from [any] other than Allah, they would have found within it much contradiction} (An-Nisa 4:82)

4. Thinking that the stories of the Quran do not concern us

Some people may think that the stories related in the Quran have nothing to do with us. Why should we concern ourselves with the generations of Prophets Musa, Esa, Hud (peace be upon them)? Why should we care about the ‘perished’ nations?

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Principally, the Quran was sent down to us by Allah the Almighty for us to recite, contemplate over its content, and learn from the parables and stories it contains. Indeed, the Quran is not merely a historical record as some may think, rather, it is a guide for humankind toward the right path through the application of various tools. The Quranic story itself, is one of those tools.

{There was certainly in their stories a lesson for those of understanding. Never was the Quran a narration invented, but a confirmation of what was before it, and a detailed explanation of all things and guidance and mercy for a people who believe.} (Yusuf 12: 111)

5. Preoccupation with recitation only

Oftentimes a believer may be busy with Quran recitation without any concern for understanding of the actual meaning.

A believer’s passion for reading the Quran should not lead to the abandonment of reflecting on its meanings and lessons. Thus, finishing the recitation of the whole Quran in less than three days is not recommended; it prevents one from contemplating over its verses.

6. Excessive love for this worldly life

We, all of us, love our children, wealth, ornaments, as well as the enjoyment of worldly life. However, this love should be moderate and balanced, and should not vie with the love for the Quran and spirituality.

{Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire – of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, cattle and tilled land. That is the enjoyment of worldly life, but Allah has with Him the best return} (Aal Imran 3:14)

7. Reading the Quran while one is inattentive

Among the signs that a believer is not benefiting from Quran recitation is reciting it with an inattentive heart. Similarly, the prayer carried out by a person with a heedless, absentminded heart won’t be accepted.

{So when the Quran is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy.} (Al-Araf 7:204)

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