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Having a hard heart is not a good quality in a Muslim. A person with a soft heart is more inclined towards good deeds. Here are some ways to develop a soft heart:


1. Reciting Quran. Mu’alla Bin Ziyad said that a man said to Hasan Basari, ‘O Abu Saeed, I want to complain to you about my hardheartedness.’ He advised him to remedy it with remembrance of Allah. Wuhaib Bin Ward said that the Quran is that remembrance which most easily softens hearts for one who reflects on it.
‘Allah has sent down the best statement, a Book (this Quran), its parts resembling each other in goodness and truth, oft-repeated. The skins of those who fear their Lord shiver from it (when they recite it or hear it). Then their skin and their heart soften to the remembrance of Allah… (Quran 39:23)
2. Kindness to orphans and needy. A person complained to the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam about the hardness of his heart. The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said to him: ‘If you want your heart to soften, (affectionately) rub the orphan’s head (with your hand) and feed the needy.’
3. Remember death a lot. A woman came to Aisha radhiallahu anha and complained about hard heartedness. Aisha radhiallahu anha told her, ‘Remember death much. Your heart will become tender and you will be able to fulfill your needs.’ The Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said, ‘Remember much the destroyer of pleasures (i.e. death).’
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