The Hard Heart

And yet again the heart didn’t tremble while reading the Quran.

Still the thoughts are running during the prayer.

Still the eye is dry after a dua. Not a single drop. Not even today. 

Ever experienced this?

Many Muslims complain how they cant concentrate and have khusho in prayer, how the description of Allah’s anger doesn’t have an effect on them anymore, how they stand numb while everyone is crying at the mention of Paradise.

These are some of the symptoms of the hard heart (قسوة القلب).

The scholars have mentioned the reasons of a hard heart:

1. Turning away from the rememberance of Allah swt. 

He SWT says:

[ومن أعرض عن ذكري فإن له معيشة ضنكا]

And whoever turns away from My remembrance – indeed, he will have a depressed life [20:124]

2. Neglecting the obligatory commands ( Prayer, Fasting etc)

Allah SWT says:

[ فبما نقضهم ميثاقهم لعناهم وجعلنا قلوبهم قاسية]

So for their breaking of the covenant We cursed them and made their hearts hard.[5:13]

3. Consuming Haram food/drink.

4. Committing sins.

Allah SWT says:

[كلا بل ران على قلوبهم ما كانوا يكسبون]

No! Rather, the stain has covered their hearts of that which they were earning. [83:14]

5. Publicizing sins openly. 

The Prophet PBUH have said:

“‏كل أمتي معافًى إلا المجاهرين، وإن من المجاهرة أن يعمل الرجل بالليل عملاً، ثم يصبح وقد ستره الله عليه فيقول‏:‏ يا فلان عملت البارحة كذا وكذا، وقد بات يستره ربه، ويصبح يكشف ستر الله عنه‏”‏ ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏ ‏.‏

“Every one of my followers will be forgiven except those who expose (openly) their wrongdoings. An example of this is that of a man who commits a sin at night which Allah has covered for him, and in the morning, he would say (to people): “I committed such and such sin last night,’ while Allah had kept it a secret. During the night Allah has covered it up but in the morning he tears up the cover provided by Allah Himself.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

6. Being satisfied with ignorance and wrong practices and leaving the understanding of Islam.

Allah swt says:

[ إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَاده الْعُلَمَاءُ]

Only those fear Allah , from among His servants, who have knowledge.[35:28]

7. Following one’s desires and denying the truth or following it.

Allah SWT says:

[فلما زاغوا أزاغ الله قلوبهم]

And when they deviated, Allah caused their hearts to deviate

8. Pride and bad behavior.

The Prophet PBUH said:

ألا أخبركم بأهل النار‏؟‏‏:‏ كل عتل جواظ مستكبر” ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏‏.

“Shall I not inform you about the inmates of Hell? It is every violent, impertinent and proud person.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

9. Useless talk and actions and excess laughter.

The Prophet PBUH have said:

أَقِلَّ الضَّحِكَ، فَإِنَّ كَثْرَةَ الضَّحِكِ تُمِيتُ الْقَلْبَ‏.‏

“Laugh little. Much laughter kills the heart.”

The scholars have mentioned the cure of a heart hard:

1. Increasing in the remembrance of Allah SWT.

Allah SWT says:

[  ألا بذكر الله تطمئن القلوب]

Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured.” [13:28]

2. Ask Allah SWT for guidance.

The Prophet PBUH said:

[ قُلِ اللَّهُمَّ اهْدِنِي وَسَدِّدْنِي]

Say,” O Allah, direct me to the right path and make me adhere to the straight path”

3. Regularity on the obligations.

Allah SWT says:

[إن الصلاة تنهى عن الفحشاء والمنكر ولذكر الله أكبر والله يعلم ما تصنعون]

Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do.

4. Eating and earning from Halal sources. 

5. Increasing in volunteer acts of worships.

Allah SWT has said in Hadith Qudsi:

[ما يزال عبدي يتقرب إلي بالنوافل حتى أحبه]

My slave keeps on coming closer to Me through performing Nawafil (prayer or doing extra deeds besides what is obligatory) till I love him.

6. Remembering death more often. 

7. Gaining knowledge.

8. Increasing in repentance and not justifying the sin.

9. Reading about the lives of the Prophets and the companions. 

May Allah SWT guide us and fill our hearts with iman. Ameen.

Abeer Nouman.

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