Don’t Speak Without Remembering Allah



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حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏أَبُو عَبْدِ اللَّهِ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ أَبِي ثَلْجٍ الْبَغْدَادِيُّ ‏ ‏صَاحِبُ ‏ ‏أَحْمَدَ بْنِ
حَنْبَلٍ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏عَلِيُّ بْنُ حَفْصٍ ‏ ‏حَدَّثَنَا ‏ ‏إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ حَاطِبٍ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ دِينَارٍ ‏ ‏عَنْ ‏ ‏ابْنِ عُمَرَ ‏ ‏قَالَ ‏

قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ‏ ‏صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ ‏ ‏ لَا تُكْثِرُوا الْكَلَامَ بِغَيْرِ ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ فَإِنَّ كَثْرَةَ الْكَلَامِ بِغَيْرِ ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ قَسْوَةٌ لِلْقَلْبِ وَإِنَّ أَبْعَدَ النَّاسِ مِنْ اللَّهِ الْقَلْبُ الْقَاسِي

ibn ‘Umar said that the Messenger of Allah said, “Do not speak much without remembering Allah, for talking much without remembering Allah is (a cause for) the hardening of the heart. And indeed, the person most distant from Allah is one with a hardened heart.
(Sunan al-Tirmidhi)

al-Mubarakfuri in his sharh Tuhfadh al-Ahwadhi‘ explains what hardness of the heart is:

وَهِيَ النُّبُوُّ عَنْ سَمَاعِ الْحَقِّ , وَالْمَيْلُ إِلَى مُخَالَطَةِ الْخَلْقِ . وَقِلَّةُ الْخَشْيَةِ وَعَدَمُ الْخُشُوعِ وَالْبُكَاءِ , وَكَثْرَةُ الْغَفْلَةِ عَنْ دَارِ الْبَقَاءِ ‏


It is a dislike of listening to the truth [al-haqq] and an inclination towards mixing with the creation [al-khalq]. It is a scarcity of reverential fear [al-khashyah] and an absence of humility [al-khushu‘] and crying; and an abundance of heedlessness concerning the  home of eternity [daar al-baqaa‘].
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