“The dead person is not one who has left the world, the (truly) dead one is he who walks the earth with a dead heart.”
Stages of hardening of the heart.
There are stages that lead to heart becoming hard. In the first stage the heart becomes dark. Darkness is then followed by rust settling on the heart and in the third stage Qasawat (hardness) overtakes the heart. Qasawat (hardness) is caused when a person stays Ghaafil (unmindful) for long periods of time.
There is hope
The locks on the heart can be opened. It need not stay there forever. The darkness can be removed and the heart can become soft once again.
Imam Qushayri (Rahmatullah Alayh) has mentioned some ways to bring the heart alive.
1. Tears of regret.
The proof of this is in the Noble Ahadeeth (sayings) of The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam)
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