Is the statement “Breaking a heart is like destroying the Kaaba” a hadith?

The Details of the Question

If we compare this hadith with the phrase “bringing those who transgress into line”, what kind of a method should we follow?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

We could not find a hadith narration meaning, “Breaking a heart is like destroying the Kaaba” However, there are narrations showing that this statement is true:

According to a hadith narration, our Prophet (pbuh) stated the following while looking at the Kaaba:

“Indeed, Allah has made you very honorable, very respectable and very lofty; but the believer is more honorable / more respectable than you.” (Ibn Majah, Fitan, 2; Majmauz-Zawaid, 1/81).

The following is stated in another hadith, which Tirmidhi calls “Hasan”:

“The destruction of the world in the sight of Allah is better than the killing of a believer.” (Tirmidhi, Diyat, 7; Nasai, Tahrim, 2)

Considering this hadith and similar ones, Mawlana stated the following:

“The Kaaba is a building constructed by Azar’s son, Khalil Ibrahim. Almighty Allah looks at the heart. Therefore, destroying one heart is worse than destroying a thousand Kaabas.”

Badiuzzaman Said Nursi states the following regarding the issue:

“O unjust man! See now what a great sin is rancor and enmity toward a brother believer! If you were to say that ordinary small stones are more valuable than the Ka’ba and greater than Mount Uhud, it would be an ugly absurdity. So too, belief which has the value of the Ka’ba, and Islam which has the splendor of Mount Uhud, as well as other Islamic attributes, demand love and concord; but if you prefer to belief and Islam certain shortcomings which arouse hostility, but in reality are like the small stones you too will be engaging in great injustice, foolishness, and sin.” (Mektubat, Yirmi İkinci  Mektup)

The statement “Bringing someone who transgresses into line is like dressing forty orphans” is an anonymous statement. Maybe it is appropriate to use it from time to time. However, it must be done by the state and authorized institutions. Therefore, it is not appropriate to adopt this statement as a universal rule. In addition, it is stated in many verses and hadiths that “forgiving is a better way”.

Therefore, those who want to practice Islam in an ideal way and show its beauty - with words and deeds - should take the following verse and hadith as a full guide:

“It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about thee: so, pass over (Their faults), and ask for (Allah’s) forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs (of moment). Then, when thou hast Taken a decision put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).” (Aal-i Imran, 3/159).

“A strong/heroic person is not the one who knocks his opponent down on the wrestling mat, but the one who controls himself when he is angry.” (Bukhari, Adab, 76; Muslim, Birr, 107-108).

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