07 September 2014

Beware of the Hardness of the Heart!

Beware of the Hardness of the Heart!

Beware of the Hardness of the Heart, for it can lead you to the Fire. So protect your heart from becoming hard and all that which may cause it to harden, and beware of turning away from the admonition of Allah, the Most High. 

Allah, the Most High says: "Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah - Islamic Monotheism) to be affected by Allah's Reminder (this Qur'an), and that which has been revealed of the truth, lest they become as those who received the Scripture [the Taurat (Torah) and the Injîl (Gospel)] before (i.e. Jews and Christians), and the term was prolonged for them and so their hearts were hardened? And many of them were Fasiqun (the rebellious, the disobedient to Allah)." [Soorah al-Hadeed 57:16] 

It has been mentioned in explanation of this verse, which has been reported by Abu Hazim, that Amir ibn Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr related to him that his father informed him that only four years had passed between the time of their acceptance of Islam and the revelation of this verse, through which Allah was reproaching them (sahih in Sunan Ibn Majah)
Ibn 'Abbas said in explanation of this verse, "They became inclined to this world and turned away from the admonition of Allah" (al Baghawi mentions in his tafsir)

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Ikhlaas and Tawheed are a tree in the heart. Its branches are good actions.
Its fruits are a good life in this world, and eternal comfort in the Hereafter, 
and just like in Paradise the fruits whose supply is not cut off, nor are they out of reach, 
likewise are the fruits of Tawheed and Ikhlaas in this world.  
Ibn al-Qayyim – 'al-Fawaid' 292 

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