Praise be to Allah ﷻ.
The phenomenon of weak faith has become very widespread among Muslims, and many people complain about the hardness of their hearts. So often we hear the words, “I feel hardness in my heart,” “I do not find any joy in worship,” “I feel that my faith has hit rock bottom,” “Reading Qur’an does not move me,” “I fall into sin so easily.” The effects of this affliction can be seen in many people, and this problem is the cause of every disaster and adversity.
The issue of people’s hearts is an important and sensitive issue. The heart is called qalb in Arabic because it changes so quickly and frequently (taqallub – alteration, variation, ups and downs). The Prophet ﷺ said,
| The heart (qalb) takes its name from its constant changes (taqallub). The likeness of the heart is that of a feather at the root of a tree, being turned over and over by the wind. [Reported by Ahmad, 4/408; Saheeh al-Jaami’, 2364]|
According to another report,
|“The likeness of the heart is that of a feather in an empty plot of land, being blown over and over by the wind.” [Reported by Ibn Abi ‘Aasim in Kitaab al-Sunnah. No. 227. Its isnaad is saheeh, see Zilaal al-Jannah fi Takhreej al-Sunnah by al-Albaani, 1/102]|
Man’s heart changes constantly, as the Prophet ﷺ described,
| The heart of the son of Adam changes more quickly than a pan of rapidly boiling water. [Ibid., no. 226. Its isnaad is saheeh: Zilaal al-Jannah, 1/102]|
According to another report,
|“It changes more than a pot of rapidly boiling water.” [Reported by Ahmad, 6/4; Saheeh al-Jaami’, no. 5147]|
Allah is the One Who turns hearts around and controls them. ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas reported that he heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say,
| The hearts of the children of Adam are as one between the fingers of the Most Merciful, and He turns them in whatever way He wills. Then he said: ‘O Allah, Controller of the hearts, direct our hearts to obey You.’ [Reported by Muslim, no. 2654]|
Allah ﷻ tells us that,
|“… Allah comes in between a person and his heart (i.e., He prevents an evil person from deciding anything) …” [al-Anfaal 8:24 – interpretation of the meaning]|
No one will be saved on the Day of Resurrection,
|“… except him who brings to Allah a clean heart [free from shirk and hypocrisy].” [al-Shu’ara’ 26:89 – interpretation of the meaning]|
|“… those whose hearts are hardened.” [al-Hajj 22:53 – interpretation of the meaning]|
are doomed and the promise of Paradise is for those,
|“who feared the Most Beneficent (Allah) in the Unseen, (i.e., in the worldly life, before seeing and meeting Him), and brought a heart turned in repentance (to Him).” [Qaaf 50:33 – interpretation of the meaning]|
So the believer must check his heart, find out the nature and cause of the problem, and start treating it straight away, before it overwhelms him and destroys him. The matter is of the utmost seriousness, for Allah ﷻ has warned us against the heart that is hardened, closed, sick, blind and sealed.
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