I would like to remind your sensitive hearts, your delicate souls and your supple feelings of the blessings of the month of Ramadan. If the abundant crops of this month are supposed to be harvested, the most important people who can make the most of it are those who are gifted, spirited and emotional and who have delicate feelings. It is you poets who have these characteristics. Who can benefit from the moments, minutes, hours, days and nights of this month – which is the month of getting close to God, purifying one’s heart, establishing a close relationship with Allah the Exalted and engaging in dhikr and supplication – better than you poets do? Who is more eligible – for this purpose – than you who are the owners of pure and gentle hearts and delicate feelings?
The best instrument for entering the paradise of dhikr, closeness [to God] and enthusiasm is the prayers that are said in this month, whether those that are particular to this month or those that we can say at all times such as Dua Sha’baniyya and the duas of Sahifa al-Sajjadiyyah. Benefiting from these prayers is very valuable: "Hear my prayers when I address them to You. Hear my voice when I call You and pay attention to me when I speak to You” [Dua Sha’baniyya]. Your gentle hearts can say these prayers with more attention and care. "I am running towards You and I am standing before You while I am desperate” [Dua Sha’baniyya]. These are phrases and words that have been uttered by the most delicate hearts and the most eloquent tongues. Who can understand and benefit from these prayers better than you and your pure and gentle hearts?
You should not show negligence towards saying prayers in this month. In Dua Sha’baniyya we read, "Oh God, bestow upon me a heart whose enthusiasm helps it get close to You. And bestow upon me a tongue whose sincerity reaches You. And bestow upon me truth-seeking eyes that seek You”. We ask God to give these things to us. So, which heart is more prepared than your sensitive and delicate hearts? Well, you thankfully enjoy these qualities.
We read in Dua Abu Hamza al-Thumali, "I managed to know you with [the help of] You. It was You Who guided me towards my entity and existence. It was You Who called me towards Yourself. If it had not been for You, I would not have known Who You are”. This gentle spiritual relationship with the Owner of Right and the Origin of Kindness and Power is very valuable. These prayers are very important. They really warm those hearts that are sensitive. They inspire hope into them and become their refuge and source of support. I does not matter to me whom and what the late Akhavan composed this poem for. I would like to read it out and address it to Dua Sahifa al-Sajjadiyya. I would like to address it to Dua Abu Hamza al-Thumali: "My source of reliance, you who offer refuge to my most beautiful, innocent and magnificent moments of solitude. Oh You who are my sweet and magnificent river.” Duas are like this description. Therefore, you should not stop reading them and you should not turn your back on them because they are very valuable.
Duas are the elixir that can transform those hearts that have been contaminated with despair, suspicion and wrong feelings and emotions. They can guide such hearts towards guidance. Duas are like this. You should benefit from these nights. You are the most suitable people for reading and benefiting from duas in the real sense of the word. Of course, mere reading of the words is a low level of reading duas. Sometimes, we just read the words while we do not understand their meaning or we gain a shallow understanding of them. Getting deeply involved in duas and their meanings is very valuable.
(Supreme Leader’s speech in a meeting with poets -01/07/2015)