Allah the Most High says:
"Indeed in this there is a remembrance for those who have a living heart, listen
attentively and are awake to taking heed." (Quran: Qaaf:37)
Therefore, if you desire to benefit from Quran, gather your heart when reciting
it, focus your attention to it and focus as if you are the one being directly
addressed by it. For indeed it is an address from Allah via the path of the
This is because gaining complete benefit from Quran is dependent upon the object
providing the benefit, the place by which it is to be received, the conditions
related to attaining the benefit and the non existence of anything that may
hinder the benefit from occurring. Hence the verse contains an explanation of
all of these points, with the shortest and clearest of words, and those that
best prove the point.
Thus the saying of Allah: (Indeed in this there is a remembrance) has an
inference to what has preceded the verse from the beginning of Soorah Qaaf up to
this verse and this is what is causing the benefit.
Whilst the saying of Allah (who have a living heart) then this refers to the
place that receives the benefit and this is the heart that has life and
comprehends what Allah has sent, as Allah the Most High says:
"Indeed this is only a clear reminder and a plain Quran so as to warn those who
have a living heart." (Yaaseen: 69-70)
And His saying (listen attentively) i.e. who turns his attention to it and
listens mindfully to what is being said. This is the condition that is placed so
that one can be benefited by it. And His saying (are awake to taking heed) i.e.
that the heart is attentive to it.
Ibn Qutaibah said: "Listen to the book of Allah whilst your heart and mind are
attentive, not neglectful nor distant."
This is an inference to the matter that prevents one from attaining benefit.
That is when the heart is distant and unmindful such that it does not understand
what is being said, nor comprehend it.
Therefore, if the cause of the benefit - Quran, is found and the place of
receiving it - and that is the heart has life - and the condition is fulfilled -
and that is listening attentively - and the barriers that would prevent benefit
from being attained are avoided - and that is the heart being pre-occupied with
something else and it being unmindful of what is said - then one attains the
benefit, of being benefited by Quran. (al-Fawaa'id by Ibn-ul-Qayyim)