Two qualities that harden the heart

Question

I have heard the following statement attributed to a Saint of the past. Could you tell me who was he?

“Two things harden the heart; speaking too much and eating too much”

 

Answer

Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded this statement on the authority of the famous Saint, Bishr ibn Al Harith Al Hafi who says, Fudayl ibn ‘Iyad (rahimahullah) said, “Two things harden the heart; speaking too much and eating too much”.

(Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 5315)

 

Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah) has recorded this as the words of Bishr Al Hafi (rahimahullah).

(Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 8 pg. 350)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar