Ibn ul Qayyim, may Allah have mercy upon him, said:
The keys to the life of the heart lie in reflecting upon the Qur’an, being humble before Allah in secret, and leaving sins.
Allah, the Most High, said:
“A Book which We have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its verses, and that men of understanding may take heed.” [Surah Sad (38): 29]
So Allah informed us that He sent down this Great Qur’an, blessed in its wording, meaning, commands, prohibitions and regulations. Amongst its blessings is that the one who recites even one word of it then he has a reward, and this reward is increased tenfold, as mentioned in the hadith reported by at- Tirmidhi, and at-Tirmidhi said that it is hasan sahih. Also amongst its blessings is that the one who reads it and acts upon it shall not be misguided in this world, nor fall into distress and misery in the Hereafter as stated by Ibn ‘Abbas (radiyAllahu ‘anhu) in the commentary to the verse,
“…whoever follows My guidance shall neither go astray nor fall into distress and misery.”[Surah Ta-Ha (20): 123]
Amongst its blessings is that the one who learns it and teaches it is from the best of people as occurs in the hadith reported by al-Bukhari,
“The best of you is the one who learns the Qur’an and then teaches it.”
Amongst its blessings is that it will be an intercessor on the Day of Judgement for its companions who used to act by it in this world as occurs in the two ahadith reported by Muslim in his Sahib.
He, the Exalted informed us that He revealed the Qur’an so that its meanings, commands and prohibitions may be reflected over, such that if one were to come across a verse commanding something then he should follow it. If one were to come across a verse forbidding something then he should leave it.
If one were to come across a verse concerning the Mercy of Allah then he would hope for this Mercy and ask for it. If one were to come across a verse threatening with punishment then he would fear this and seek refuge with Allah from it. If one were to come across a verse concerning the glorification of Allah then he would glorify Allah, and through this faith, knowledge, guidance and taqwa will increase. Allah said while describing the believers,
“And when His verses are recited unto them, they increase their faith.” [Surah Anfal (8): 2]
Due to their containing promises and threats that motivate hope and fear; and Allah, the Most High, said,
“Do they not ponder over the Qur’an or are there locks upon their hearts?” [Surah Muhammad (47): 24]
Amongst the ways of giving life to the heart is to be humble to Allah in secret. Meaning to desire and long for Allah through supplication, seeking forgiveness, turning to Him, asking for victory, Paradise and shelter from Hellfire at the time when Allah descends to the lowest Heaven in the last third of the night, as occurs in the authentic hadith,
“Our Lord descends to the lowest heaven when a third of the night remains, saying: Who is supplicating to Me that I may answer him? Who is asking of Me that I may give him? Who is seeking forgiveness of Me that I may forgive him?”
This hadith contains encouragement to stand in the last part of the night, praying, supplicating, and asking for forgiveness, Paradise and safety from the Fire, and supplicating for good in this life and the Hereafter. Indeed Allah has commanded us with supplication and promised to reply, and He who is far removed from imperfection, does not break His promises. Amongst the times that this reply will be attained is the last part of the night, and this is a blessing that Allah bestows upon whomsoever He wishes, and Allah is the Possessor of great blessings and bounty. And from the ways of giving life to the heart is to leave the sins that kill it, as in the hadith,
“When the servant performs a sin a black spot appears on his heart, and if he seeks forgiveness this black spot is removed, and if he returns to sin the black spot grows until his heart becomes black, and this is the ‘ran’ about which Allah spoke,”
“Nay! But on their hearts is the covering of sins (ran) which they used to earn.” [Surah al-Mutaffifin 83:14]
The poet said,
“I saw the sins killing the hearts;
Breeding ignominy due to their addiction;
And in the leaving of sins lies its life;
And it is best for your soul that you preserve it.”
 Hadiyyul-Arwah ila Biladil-Afrah [p. 45] of Ibn ul-Qayyim.
 Referring to the hadith reported by Ibn Mas’ud (radiyAllahu ‘anhu), that the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “The one who recites a word of the Qur’an shall get one reward which then is increased tenfold. I do not say that Alif Lam Mim is a word, but Alif is a word, Lam is a word, and Mim is a word.”
Reported in Riyad as-Salihin [Eng. Trans. 2/62 no. 106], Mishkat al-Masabih [Eng. Trans. 1/452], at-Tirmidhi [no. 2912] and ad-Darimi. It is Sahih. Refer to as-Sahihah [no. 660] and the notes of Shuayb al-Arna’ut to Zadal-Maad of Ibn al-Qayyim [1 /339]. [Translator’s Note]
 Sahih al-Bukhari [6/501 no. 545].
 See also the chapter, The Excellence of Reciting the Qur’an’ in Riyad as-Sdlihin. Referring to the hadith of Abu Umamah (radiyAllahu ‘anhu), that he heard the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) say: ‘Recite the Qur’an, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite it. Recite the two bright ones, al-Baqarah and Ail-‘Imran, for on the Day of Resurrection they will come as two clouds or two shades, or two flocks of birds in ranks, pleading for those who recite them. Recite Surah al-Baqarah, for to take recourse to it is a blessing and to give it up is a cause of grief, and the magicians cannot confront it.’
And the hadith of an-Nawwas (radiyAllahu ‘anhu), that he heard the Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) saying: ‘On the Day of Resurrection the Qur’an and those who acted according to it will be brought with Surah al-Baqarah and Al- Imran preceding them.’ The Messenger of Allah (sallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) likened them to three things, which I did not forget afterwards. Two clouds or two black canopies with light between them, or like two flocks of birds in ranks pleading for one who recited them.’ [Reported by Sahih Muslim] [Eng. Trans. 2/385-386 no. 1757,1759] [Translator’s Note]
 Sahih al-Bukhari [no. 9474] and Muslim [no. 758].
 Reported by an-Nasa’i and at-Tirmidhi [1/128], who said it was bason sahib.