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.
 

أَلَمۡ يَأۡنِ لِلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوٓاْ أَن تَخۡشَعَ قُلُوبُہُمۡ لِذِڪۡرِ ٱللَّهِ وَمَا نَزَلَ مِنَ ٱلۡحَقِّ وَلَا يَكُونُواْ كَٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ مِن قَبۡلُ فَطَالَ عَلَيۡہِمُ ٱلۡأَمَدُ فَقَسَتۡ قُلُوبُہُمۡ*ۖ وَكَثِيرٌ۬ مِّنۡہُمۡ فَـٰسِقُونَ

Has not the time come for the hearts of those who believe to be affected by Allâh’s Reminder (this Qur’ân), and that which has been revealed of the truth, lest they become as those who received the Scripture [the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (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 Fâsiqûn (the rebellious, the disobedient to Allâh).

[Surah al-Hadeed (57):16]

It has been mentioned in an explanation of this verse, which has been reported by Abu Hazim, that ‘Aamir ibn ‘Abdullah ibn az-Zubayr related to him (i.e. Abu Hazim) that his father informed him that only after four years had passed between the time of their acceptance of Islam and the revelation of this verse, through which Allah was reproaching them:

وَلَا يَكُونُواْ كَٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبَ مِن قَبۡلُ فَطَالَ عَلَيۡہِمُ ٱلۡأَمَدُ فَقَسَتۡ قُلُوبُہُمۡ*ۖ وَكَثِيرٌ۬ مِّنۡہُمۡ فَـٰسِقُونَ

….lest they become as those who received the Scripture [the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (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 Fâsiqûn (the rebellious, the disobedient to Allâh).

Ibn ‘Abbas also said in an explanation of this verse, ‘They became inclined to this world and turned away from the admonition of Allah.’

[Al-Baghawee has mentioned this in his tafseer]

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