[PDF] A Treatise in Condemnation of Hardness of the Heart by Ibn Rajab al hanbali
A Treatise in Condemnation of the Hardness of the Heart
(Zammu Qaswat al-Qalb)
By Al-Hafiz Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali
Translator: Hassan Hussein Abdi
Paperback 100 Pages
Size 8.2 x 5.7 x 0.3 inch
Publisher: Hikmah Publications
Description From The Publisher
The importance of this topic is highlighted by the supplication of the prophet S.A.W where he sought refuge with Allah from the hardness of the heart. He S.A.W Said: ” O Allah I seek refuge with you from feebleness, laziness, stinginess, cowardice, senility, hardness of heart, heedlessness, destitution, humiliation and privation. And I seek refuge with you from poverty, disbelief, Shirk, disobedience, opposition to the truth, hypocrisy, seeking fame and showing off. And I seek refuge with you from deafness, dumbness, insanity, leukoderma, leprosy and all chronic diseases.”
Al-Allamah al-shawkani explained al-Qaswah here to mean hardness of the heart to the extent that it does not accept admonition fear punishment or show mercy to those deserving of it. (Tuhfah al-Dhakirin [p. 358] )
Malik bin Dinar said:
“A slave has never been punished with anything more severe than hardness of the heart.”
In this treatise al Hafiz ibn Rajab Hanbali scholastically discusses the danger of the hardness of the heart its causes and how it can be treated in light of the Qur’an and Sunnah.
About The Author
Imam Ibn Rajab al Hanbali (736 – 795 AH) was the noble Imaam, the Haafidh, the Critic, Zayn-ud-Deen Abdur-Rahmaan bin Ahmad bin bdir-Rahmaan bin al-Hasan bin Muhammad bin Abil-Barakaat Mas ood As-Salaamee Al-Baghdaadee (due to his place of birth), Al-Hanbalee (due to his madh-hab), Ad-Dimashqee (due to his place of residence and death). His kunyah was Abul-Faraj, and his nickname was Ibn Rajab, which was the nickname of his grandfather who was born in that month (of Rajab).
He was born in Baghdad in 736H and was raised by a knowledgeable family, firmly rooted in knowledge, nobility and righteousness. His father played the greatest role in directing him towards the beneficial knowledge.
Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab, may Allaah have mercy on him, was deeply attached to the works of Shaikh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taimiyyah, for he would issue legal rulings according to them and would constantly reference his books.
This is since he served as a student under Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, the most outstanding student of Shaikh-ul-Islaam Ibn Taimiyyah, may Allah have mercy on all of them. But in spite of this, he (rahimahullaah) wasn t a blind follower or a fanatical adherent (to his teacher). Rather, he would review, authenticate, verify and follow the evidences.
Al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab, may Allaah have mercy on him passed to the realm of the Akhira in Ramadaan, 795H in Damascus.