How Hearts Become Enlightened

The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

The understanding a heart possesses was mentioned [as a question] in the presence of Imām Al-Shāfiʿī, to which he said:

Whoever would love to have Allāh open up his heart for him, or to enlighten it, it’s upon him then to leave off speaking about matters that are of no concern to him; to leave off sins and to stay clear of acts of disobedience; and to have for himself, in that which is between himself and Allāh, deeds that are unknown [to others]. Then, if he were to do that, Allāh would enlighten him with knowledge that would preoccupy him from other [things].

Manāqib Al-Shāfiʿī by Al-Baihaqī, vol. 2, p. 171.

Source: @dr_albukhary. 17 Sep 21. 19:13 GMT+3.