Hardness of my heart

A man said to Imam Hasan al-Basri (ra):

“O Abu Sa’id, I am complaining to you of the hardness of my heart.”

He said:

“Soften it with dhikr; the more forgetful the heart is, the harder it becomes. However, if a person remembers Allah, that hardness softens, just as copper melts in the fire. Nothing can soften the hardness of the heart like the remembrance of Allah. Dhikr is [both] healing and medicine for the heart. Forgetfulness is a disease, the cure of which is remembrance of Allah.”

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