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What Are the Signs of a Responsive Heart and Unresponsive Heart? Shaykh Uthaymīn

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Shaykh Uthaymīn was asked:

What are the signs of a responsive heart? And the signs of an unresponsive heart?

Shaykh Uthaymīn:
A sign of a responsive heart, is that it humbles itself to the remembrance of Allāh.

And the sign of an unresponsive heart is that it is not affected by what it hears, from the verses of Allah.

Fatāwa Su’āl ‘ala al-Hātif Vol.2 pg 596-597

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Signs of a Sound Heart and a Sick Heart – Shaykh Rabī


‎إِلَّا مَنْ أَتَى اللَّهَ بِقَلْبٍ سَلِيمٍ
Except him who brings to Allāh a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifāq (hypocrisy)]. Ash-Shu’ara:89

Shaykh Rabī ibn Hādi Al-Madkhalī (hafidahullāh):

Ponder, is your heart sound?

What is the sound heart?

The sound heart is that which fights Shirk and rejects falsehood, it accepts the truth and refutes falsehood with all its might, this is the sound heart. So, if you notice that you accept the truth from whoever brings it to you (you accept the truth; the truth guides you and your goal is the truth) then by Allāh your heart and intellect is sound.

What is the sick heart?

And, if you realise that you reject the truth when it comes to you from a certain direction, and you accept falsehood when it comes from another direction and you behave as if it is the truth; then know that your heart is sick.

Majmu’ Ar- Rā’iq Pgs. 485-486

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Is Your Heart Hard and Unresponsive

Mālik ibn Dīnar (rahimahullāh) said:

“A servant is not afflicted with a punishment greater than hardness of the heart. “ (1)

Jāmi’ Bayān Al-Ilm wa Faḍlihi Vol.1 Page 565

See the following links for details on how hardness of the hearts occurs, and the means we can take to cure our hearts. BārakAllāhu Fīkum


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Seeking After The Pleasure of The People is An Unattainable Goal, So Fulfil Their Rights and Do Not Oppress Them, But Do Not Seek Their Pleasure to Displease Allaah!

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [rahimahullaah] said: One must know that neither is it conceivable to the intellect [i.e. the Sound intellect] nor is it [plausible] in the religion to seek the pleasure of the creation [i.e. mankind and Jinn] due to two affairs:

Firstly: Ash-Shaafi’ee [rahimahullaah] said: The people are an unattainable goal; therefore, it is obligated on you to [pursue] that which would rectify your affairs and [then] adhere to it; abandon its opposite and do not concern [yourself] with it. Secondly: Indeed, we have been commanded to [seek] the pleasure of Allaah and His Messenger, as Allaah [The Most High] said: [وَاللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَحَقُّ أَن يُرْضُوهُ إِن كَانُوا مُؤْمِنِينَ – but it is more fitting that they should please Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), if they are believers (9:62)]

It is obligated on us to fear Allaah and not fear anyone except Allaah, as Allaah [The Most High] said: [فَلَا تَخَافُوهُمْ وَخَافُونِ إِن كُنتُم مُّؤْمِنِينَ – so fear them not, but fear Me, if you are (true) believers (3:175)]

Allaah said:

[فَلَا تَخْشَوُا النَّاسَ وَاخْشَوْنِ -Therefore fear not men but fear Me (5:44)]


Allaah said:

[فَإِيَّايَ فَارْهَبُونِ – Then, fear Me (Allaah) much [and Me (Alone), i.e. be away from all kinds of sins and evil deeds that Allah has forbidden and do all that Allah has ordained and worship none but Allah (16:51)]

Allaah said:

[وَإِيَّايَ فَاتَّقُونِ – and fear Me and Me Alone (2:41)]

It is obligated on us to fear Allaah – fear Allaah concerning the [rights] of the people; neither harm them with our hearts [i.e. blameworthy hatred etc] nor with our limbs [i.e. physical harm]. Fulfil their rights with our hearts and limbs, but do not fear them and leave what Allaah and His Messenger commanded. The one who adheres to this path will [reach] the [praiseworthy] outcomes, just as Aa’isha [radiyallaahu-anhaa] wrote to Mu’aawiyah [radiyallaahu-anhu] and said, ‘’To proceed: Indeed, whoever seeks the pleasure of the people at the expense of Allaah’s displeasure will (earn) Allaah’s displeasure and Allah will cause the people to be displeased with him. And the praise of the people will become blame against him. And whoever seeks Allaah’s Pleasure at the expense of people’s displeasure, will (earn) Allaah’s Pleasure and Allah will cause the people to be pleased with him.”

So a person’s concern and intention should be nothing else but to [seek] the pleasure of Allaah and to avoid Allaah’s displeasure, and the [praiseworthy] outcomes will be his [or hers].

 ولا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله

[An Excerpt from ‘Majmoo Al-Fataawaa 3/233’. slightly paraphrased]


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