If you want to benefit from the Quran, you must concentrate and devote your heart solely when reciting and listening to it. You must pay attention, and try to comprehend the act that you are reading is the word of Allah. As you read, you must kow that Allah is addressing you in and through this Quran. Indeed, it is the words of Allah to you through the tongue of His Messenger. Allah says,
إِنَّ فِى ذَٲلِكَ لَذِڪۡرَىٰ لِمَن كَانَ لَهُ ۥ قَلۡبٌ أَوۡ أَلۡقَى ٱلسَّمۡعَ وَهُوَ شَهِيدٌ۬
سورة ق : ٣٧
“Verily, therein is indeed a reminder for him who has a heart or gives ear while he is heedful.”
Obtaining the perfect effect depends upon the stimulus, the place of the receiver, the condition for the effect to occur, and the absence of any obstacle that may obstruct the effect. The above verse explains all that in the most precise, and clear words. When Allah says which means “Verily, therein is indeed a reminder” it is a sign for what had passed from the beginning of the chapter until this verse. His saying, “for him who has a heart” refers to the place of the receiver and it means the living heart, which comprehends what Allah says. For example when Allah says,
إِنۡ هُوَ إِلَّا ذِكۡرٌ۬ وَقُرۡءَانٌ۬ مُّبِينٌ۬ ،لِّيُنذِرَ مَن كَانَ حَيًّ۬ا
سورة يس : ٦٩ – ٧٠
“This is only a reminder and a plain Quran. That he or it (Muhammad or the Quran) may give warning to him who is living (a healthy minded believer).”
“Who is living” means the one who has a living heart. And when Allah says which means, “or gives ear” means the person listets to what is being said to him. And this is the condition in order to be truly affected by the words.
And His saying, “while he is heedful…” means to be aware; that his heart is conscious and not distracted by any worldly matter.
Ibn Qutaibah (‘Abdullah bin Muslim bin Qutaibah Ad-Dainury – one of the chiefs of literature and has produced many works. Was bron in Baghdad in 213 A.H. and settled down in Kufah, appointed as the judge of Ad-Dainur and attributed to it. Author of: Al-Ma’arif, Adab Al-Katib, Al-Ma’aly and Ta’wil Mukhtalif Al-QUran. Refer to Al-Bidayah wan Nihayah vol. 11, p.61) said, “He is listening to the book of Allah while his heart is present and understands; not being inattentive or unaware. If the heart is inattentive; lacking understanding concerning what is being said, as well as failing to see or meditate on it, then there is an obstruction. If however, the Quran produced an effect on the receiver, which is the living heart, and the condition of listening was fulfilled, and the heart is not engaged with something other than the meaning of the speech, the desired effect will occur, which is obtaining benefit from the Quran and remembrance”.