“…How heavy is the Qur’an upon the immoral fasiq, and how heavy is worship and prayer upon the immoral fasiq hypocrite! The prayer is so heavy upon these hypocrites! You see him sitting and writing in a diary for one, two, or three hours, or standing and talking for one, two, or three hours, and if he stands behind the imam for five minutes, it is as if a mountain has been placed on his chest and heart. The diseases of the hearts, we seek refuge with Allah from them…
Because of this, if you want to test your heart, inspect it and test it out when the Qur’an is being recited – is it heavy upon your heart or not? Test your heart out during worship. Test your heart out when you see the salihin. Test your heart out when you are making your adhkar during the morning hours. Test your heart out when you stand up to pray – do you love to pray? Or is it heavy upon you? If it is heavy upon you, and if worship is heavy upon you, then ask Allah to remove the hardness from your heart and replace it with softness, because this is proof that the jahiliyyah is still entrenched in your heart and soul.
The hardness of the heart…we seek refuge with Allah from the hardness of the hearts. The hardness of the hearts is increased by satisfying the desires – sexual desires, even if by permissible means, and the desire for food, even if by permissible means.
This is why they say that the softness of the heart is achieved in six occasions:
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[‘Fi Dhilal Surat at-Tawbah’; p. 485-487]