How to Soften a Hard Heart – Answered by Ash-Shaykh Saalih Al-Fawzaan

Question:

If a person has some hardness in his heart, what affairs would soften it?

Answer:

Nothing better and more essential than the Noble Qur’aan for it is what softens the hearts.

Allaah—جل وعلا—has said:

(الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَتَطْمَئِنُّ قُلُوبُهُمْ بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ أَلا بِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ)،

“Those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism), and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah, Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” —Ra’ad: 28

So, that which softens the hearts is the Qur’aan, which if Allaah was to send down

(عَلَى جَبَلٍ لَرَأَيْتَهُ خَاشِعاً مُتَصَدِّعاً مِنْ خَشْيَةِ اللَّهِ)،

“…on a mountain, you would surely have seen it humbling itself and rending asunder by the fear of Allah.” —Al-Hashr: 21

Likewise [from what softens the hearts is] sitting with the righteous, attentively listening to the Qur’aan, admonitions and reminders.  And these are from the affairs that soften the hearts.

Source: From the official website of Ash-Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan Al-Fawzaan—حفظه الله.

http://www.alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/14944

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