“People whose hearts are like the hearts of birds”: Sharh al-Nawawi

Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:

يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ أَقْوَامٌ أَفْئِدَتُهُمْ مِثْلُ أَفْئِدَةِ الطَّيْرِ

“There would enter Paradise people whose hearts are like the hearts of birds.”

[Saheeh Muslim #2840]

Imam al-Nawawi, in his explanation of Saheeh Muslim, wrote the following concerning this hadeeth:

قوله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ( يدخل الجنة أقوام أفئدتهم مثل أفئدة الطير ) قيل : مثلها في رقتها وضعفها ، كالحديث الآخر : أهل اليمن أرق قلوبا وأضعف أفئدة وقيل : في الخوف والهيبة ، والطير أكثر الحيوان خوفا وفزعا ، كما قال الله تعالى : إنما يخشى الله من عباده العلماء وكأن المراد قوم غلب عليهم الخوف كما جاء عن جماعات من السلف في شدة خوفهم ، وقيل : المراد متوكلون . والله أعلم .

His statement (ﷺ), “There would enter Paradise people whose hearts are like the hearts of birds“.

It is said: the likeness of them in tenderness and softness, like another hadeeth, “The people of Yemen are the most soft-hearted and the most tender-hearted

And it is said: in fear and reverence. And birds are the most frightful and alarm-prone of animals, just as Allah said, “It is only those who have knowledge among His slaves that fear Allah” [35:28], as if the meaning was a people who were overcome by fear, as has been narrated about large numbers of the salaf concerning the severity of their fear.

And it is said: the meaning is al-mutawakkiloon (those who place their reliance and trust upon Allah). And Allah knows best

[Sharh al-Nawai ‘alaa Muslim #2840]

See also: Those who come to Allah with a Pure Heart: Tafsir al-Qurtubi

See also: Birds of a feather flock together

See also: The Importance of Pure Intention: Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali

2 thoughts on ““People whose hearts are like the hearts of birds”: Sharh al-Nawawi

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