(This is an extract from my notes on a Tafseer lesson. May Allaah increase my teacher in knowledge and reward him)
The book of Allaah is the greatest source by which the slave increases his eemaan (faith), power and strength.
“And this [Qur’aan] is a Book We have revealed [which is] blessed, so follow it and fear Allaah that you may receive mercy.” [Surat Al-An’am:155]
“Certainly, We have brought to them a Book (the Qur’aan) which We have explained in detail with knowledge- a guidance and a mercy to a people who believe.” [Surat Al-Araf:52]
Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) said:
“If the hearts witness through the Qur’aan, a glorious, great, bountiful, merciful sovereign like this, then how can these hearts stop loving Him and how can they not compete in approaching Him and getting closer to Him? For them, that sovereign should be the most lovable of all, and His satisfaction should be sought more than the satisfaction of others.
Really, how can these hearts stop remembering Him, since loving and longing for Him are the source of power and remedy, to the extent that if the hearts do not have these things then destruction and corruption would be their destiny, and their lives would be of no value.”
Sheikh al Islam Ibn Taymiyyah (رحمه الله) said that he never regretted anything more than not spending his time pondering on the verses of Allaah; even though he spent his time in the cause of Allaah, refuting the innovators and clearing up misconceptions.
There is a saying of the salaf:
“How sad it is, to find beauty and happiness in disobeying Allaah”
This disobedience will in truth bring nothing but misery, Allaah says:
‘And whoever turns away from My remembrance- indeed, he will have a depressed life, and We will gather him on the Day of Resurrection blind.’ [Surat Taha:124]”