The Recitation and Worship
“And when the Qur’an is recited, you shall be quiet and listen so that you may attain mercy. You shall remember your Lord with all your mind, implore earnestly, privately and without uttering a word, day and night and do not be heedless” – The Qur’an 7:204-205.
According to the above verses of The Recitation, (“AlQur’an” literally means “The Recitation” in Arabic), when The Recitation is recited, we are required to be quiet and listen to it, in order to attain GOD’S mercy. Therefore, we are not allowed to speak over The Recitation, because if we are speaking over it, we are not being quiet, or listening to it. But what about remembering GOD, with all your mind, and imploring earnestly and privately and without uttering any word, day and night?
If you remember GOD, actively, that means you are thinking of GOD. To remember GOD means not to forget GOD. Forgetting something means to not think about it. If your spouse has a birthday, and you do not spend enough time thinking about your spouse’s birthday, you will forget your spouse’s birthday when that day comes. We retain information in our minds when we think about that information. Similarly, if we do not think about GOD often enough, we will forget all about GOD. Therefore, to remember GOD, as in the context of those above verses, literally means to think about GOD and keep GOD on your mind. To remember GOD with all your mind, means to completely focus your mind on GOD. If you are imploring GOD, earnestly and privately, without uttering a word, that means you are imploring GOD in your mind. It is a purely mental imploration of GOD. How else can you implore GOD without uttering any words? Only by thought. Therefore, the way we are required to remember GOD is to quietly and earnestly implore GOD in our minds, with our minds focused absolutely on GOD alone.
We are required to be constantly focused on GOD, day and night. Those verses say to earnestly, privately and wordlessly implore GOD day and night. Where it says “do not be heedless,” many translations say “do not be unaware.” That means “do not be unaware of GOD.” Therefore these verses are telling us to remain constantly aware of GOD – i.e. to constantly remember GOD and mentally earnestly implore GOD – day and night. This constant state of remembrance of GOD is GODconsciousness.
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