In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Most Compassionate. Praise
to the One Who completed this religion and sent guidance through His
Messenger salAllahu ’alayhi wa sallam. To begin:
Every so often our daily lives preoccupy us and turn us away from
Allah's promise. When we walk out of our homes, turn on the radio, TV,
or Internet, we are distracted by the evils we see and hear. As result
of immorality and unashamed disobedience, our hearts grow hard and
distant from Allah and His Messenger's call. We know the message of
Islam is true, but we are weak due to the rigidity of our heart, spirit
and mind. In times like these, we need something to penetrate that
stiffness. We need a remedy to soften that hardness and the
inflexibility of our choices.
Disunity and harshness afflicts this Ummah today. Consequently, many
people have turned away from brotherhood, caring, and even Islam itself.
Their hearts have transformed into dwellings of complete hatred for a
sinner, disdain toward the weak Muslim, and jealousy of their successful
brother or sister.
I have selected some ahaadeeth from the most authentic book after the
Qur’aan to soften the hearts in our chests. I used Shaykh Muhammad ibn
Saalih Al-’Uthaymeen's explanations for the ahaadeeth selected. The
ahaadeeth selected come from a book in Imam Al-Bukhari's collection
titled Riqaq: Heart Softeners. This chapter brings tears to one's eyes,
fear to one's mind, and most importantly it diminishes the rigidity in
one's heart. I ask Allah to make the translation and compilation solely
for His pleasure. I pray to Allah for acceptance of this deed and His
mercy in the Hereafter.