b. The Qur’an
Since giving up the Qur’an always accompanies abstention from standing at night (in prayer), it is the next trace of gratitude that the devil seeks to corrupt for the people of faith.
Those are the severe calamities that one feels after Ramadan: that is to be distracted from the Qur’an and weary to recite his portion of the Qur’an that he regularly recites, and his relationship with it is about to be severed day after day. If he recites something thereof today, he may not be able to do the same tomorrow, and so on. Thus, the second point to repair, which is related to the heart and deeds, is the issue of the Qur’an.
You should recite your portion of the Qur’an, at night or during the day. Never ever leave it. Let no day come upon you until you recite your daily portion of the Qur’an, meditate on your deeds, and how to fulfill your promise with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. One should recite his regular portion of the Qur’an, and recite on the current day what he missed yesterday.
If one fails to show his Lord what he is going to do in the standing at night (in prayer), he should show Him what he is going to do in His Qur’an and speech. That is one of the greatest ways to amend the heart, the mind, the brain, the body and time. Let him say, “Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will see what I am going to do in the Qur’an.” Let him, during his night and day, as long as he is free, be bound to finish the Book of Allah every three days. If he finishes reciting it every three days, the heart will become active once again, blessings will dwell once again in the heart, and the heart will become strong enough to resist the diseases of lust and the devil’s whispers, and self-obsessions. In this way, the heart will seem strong and firm with that blessed speech, and take from it a share of guidance and healing, as confirmed by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in His statement (which means): “Say, ‘It is, for those who believe, a guidance and cure.’” [Qur’an 41:44] It is with this guidance he receives that he will be able to resist the devil, sleep and laziness, and fulfill his promise to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. The solution then with which one has to endeavor to fulfill his promise with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala is to be bound to (the Qur’an) for three days as of his present moment, without delay, and remember his battle with the devil.
If the devil says to him: “Wait after this day, delay it to night, let it be after the ‘Isha’, Allah willing,” he should hearken only to the speech of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and hasten to implement it, in response to His statement:
وَسَارِعُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا السَّمَاوَاتُ وَالْأَرْضُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْمُتَّقِينَ
“And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous.” [Qur’an 3:133]
سَابِقُوا إِلَىٰ مَغْفِرَةٍ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَجَنَّةٍ عَرْضُهَا كَعَرْضِ السَّمَاءِ وَالْأَرْضِ أُعِدَّتْ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَرُسُلِهِ ۚ
“Race toward forgiveness from your Lord and a Garden whose width is like the width of the heavens and earth, prepared for those who believed in Allah and His messengers.” [Qur’an 57:21]
خِتَامُهُ مِسْكٌ ۚ وَفِي ذَٰلِكَ فَلْيَتَنَافَسِ الْمُتَنَافِسُونَ
“The last of it is musk. So for this let the competitors compete.” [Qur’an 83:26]
Those Qur’anic ayaat indicate that once he hears the words of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, he should hasten to carry out His commands, in order not to be cut off by obstacles and occupations, and what he receives from the devil’s whispers and harm which cut the way on him to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. The Qur’an then is your second medicine, after standing (at night in prayer), therewith you show your Lord what you are going to do, so that it would be your means and way to restore your happiness, power and psychological faculties, as well as your guidance and cure, as confirmed by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala who says (what means):
“Say, ‘It is, for those who believe, guidance and cure.’” [Qur’an 41:44]
“[This is] a blessed Book which We have revealed to you.” [Qur’an 38:29]
Whatever you take from it, you would receive nothing other than blessing, guidance and cure, as we have already mentioned. So, if you are bound to that in those days, in order to return to your Lord, and reconfirm in your heart the passion for worship and love, strengthen yourself, take blessing, activity, guidance, light and cure from those diseases that have afflicted man in those days: then, your way is to be bound, for those three days, to finish reading the speech of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in full. This gives you the impression of a new revival, provision from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala, and blessing, with which you would start once again to proceed on your straight way.
In this way, righteousness would start to descend upon your heart, so much that it would entertain neither trouble, nor worry, nor hesitation in your way towards Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. In other words, one would neither turn back, nor revert, nor retreat; on the contrary, one would become firm, with the signs of guidance visible on him, along with the glad tidings of acceptance and approach to him on the part of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. One should do his best in those days, in fulfillment of his promise with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. No doubt, he will witness the good consequences of fulfilling his promise.
Try it, to show your Lord what you are going to do after the ‘Isha as regards prayer, standing (at night) and approach, or His speech, in terms of approaching it. In both cases, you would see yourself a new slave with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala who began to revive those hearts once again by the descent of this relief, as mentioned by Him.