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PostSubject: Hardships Benefit the Believer...   Fri May 09, 2008 4:55 pm

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Hardships Benefit The Believer...


Allah has decreed that, in this life, hardships and disasters strike both believers and non-believers. For a non-believer, they are inconveniences that hinder him from proceeding with his normal involvement in the worldly life. For a believer, on the other hand, they are instances of rest and remembrance, tests that promise great rewards, and indications of atonement and expiation of sins.
Regardless of how little is the harm that strikes a believer, it carries with it good news of forgiveness and elevated rank ( in Jannah ). The Righteous Predecessors used to be pleased when a hardship afflicted them, seeing it as a token of Allah's forgiveness and benevolence.

Expiations of Sins

Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa said: " Hardships continue to befall a believing man and woman in their body, family, and property, until they meet Allah (SWT) burdened with no sins. " [Tirmithee]

Sign of Allah's Love

Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa said: " Whenever Allah wills good for a person, He subjects him to adversity" [Bukharee and others]

Sign of Eeman

Abu Hurayrah (RA) and Ka'b Bin Maalik (RA) reported that the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa said: " The parable of a believer is that of a fresh and moist plant; the wind tilts it this way and that way; and so is the believer; he continues to be subject to affliction. And the parable of a hypocrite is that of a firm cedar tree; it does not shake - until it is uprooted all at once." [Bukharee and Muslim]

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PostSubject: Re: Hardships Benefit the Believer...   Tue May 13, 2008 7:39 pm

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Sign of Righteousness

The Prophets and righteous people are afflicted the most, and their rewards are the highest. Sa'd (RA) reported that the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa said: " The most in their suffering among the people are the prophets, then the best, then the (next) best. One is afflicted in accordance with his Deen (faith). If his Deen is firm his affliction is hard, and if his Deen is weak, his affliction is light. Indeed, one would be so much subjected to adversity until he walks among the people without any sins. " [Ahmad, Tirmithee]

Early Punishment

Anas (RA) reported that the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa said: " When Allah wills good for a servant of His, He expedites his punishment in this life; and when He wills retribution for a servant of His, He holds his sins for Him to judge him by them on the Day of Resurrection." [Tirmithee]

Multiplication of Rewards

Anas (RA) reported that the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa said: " The amount of reward is in accordance with the amount of suffering. When Allah (SWT) loves some people, He tries them (with affliction). He who then is content (with Allah's decree) has achieved the acceptance (of Allah), and he who is dissatisfied (with Allah's decree) will attain the anger (of Allah)." [Tirmithee]
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PostSubject: Re: Hardships Benefit the Believer...   Tue May 13, 2008 10:37 pm

How is it that Allah can test those who are beloved to Him?


In his explanation of ‘Kitab at-Tawhid,’ Sulayman bin ‘Abdillah bin Muhammad bin ‘Abd al-Wahhab mentioned the hadith of the Prophet: “If Allah Loves a people, He tests them.”

This hadith is hasan, and was reported by at-Tirmidhi (4/2396). It is also included in ‘Sahih al-Jami” (275).

After explaining some aspects of the hadith, Shaykh Sulayman asked the question: how is it that Allah can test those who are beloved to Him?

Summarizing the words of Ibn Taymiyyah, he answered:“…because this forces the servant to repent.

Allah tests the servants with the punishments of this world in order that they repent from their sins, as He Said: {“…that He may make them taste a bit of that which they have done, in order that they may return.”} [ar-Rum; 41] So, for whoever is granted the chance to repent by Allah as the result of an act of disobedience, this is from the greatest of blessings of Allah upon him, because this will result in his invoking and supplicating to Allah with submission and humility. Because of this, Allah has condemned those who do not lean on their Lord, and do not invoke Him when crisis occurs: {“And indeed, We seized them with punishment. But, they did not humble themselves to their Lord, nor did they invoke Him with submission.”} [al-Mu'minun; 76]And supplicating and invoking Allah with humility is from the greatest of blessings, and this blessing is from the greatest paths by which one can rectify his religious practice, as the rectification of one’s religious practice is in his worshipping Allah, alone, depending on Him, and not calling upon any deity besides Him - not a du’a’ of worship, nor a du’a’ of request.

So, if you are granted the chance to perform repentance, which entails worshipping Allah, alone, and you obey His Messengers by doing that which you are commanded, and abandoning that from which you are forbidden, you are from those who worship Allah. And if you are granted the chance to supplicate to Allah - which is to ask Allah for whatever you need, and you ask Him for what will benefit you, and you seek refuge with Him from anything that would harm you - this is from the greatest of Allah’s blessings upon you.

This is usually what happens when a disaster strikes, and if such blessings emerge when crisis strikes, it would only make sense that the people most deserving of this are those who are beloved to Him, and it is upon such people to thank Allah.”

['Taysir al-'Aziz al-Hamid'; p. 353-355]
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PostSubject: Re: Hardships Benefit the Believer...   Fri May 16, 2008 12:58 pm

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Rewards for Sickness

One should not look to sickness as a gloomy episode, but should remember the great good in it. It is one form of affliction with which Allah (SWT) tests His 'ibaad (servants), giving them a chance to acquire rewards, as was explained above, as is further emphasized below.

Removal of Sins and Elevation in Ranks

Abu Hurayrah (RA) reported that the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa said: " Whenever a Muslim is afflicted by harm from sickness or other matters, Allah will drop his sins because of that, like a tree drops its leaves." [Bukharee and Muslim]

Abu Sa'eed al-Khudree (RA) reported that the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa said: "A Muslim is not afflicted by hardship, sickness, sadness, worry, harm, or depression - even if pricked by a thorn, but Allah expiates his sins because of that. " [Bukharee and Muslim]

Sa'eed said, "I was with Salmaan (RA) when he visited a sick man in Kindah ( in Persia ), and he said to him: " Expect good because Allah (SWT) makes a believers sickness an expiation (for his sins) and a period of rest. However, when a disbeliever falls sick, he is like a camel whose owner ties it then lets it loose - it does not understand why it was tied nor why it was freed." [Bukharee]

'Aishah (RA) narrated that once some pain afflicted the Prophet Sallallahu alayhi wa causing him to suffer and turn about in his bed. she said: "Had one of us done this, you would have blamed him." He Sallallahu alayhi wa replied: " An ailment is intensified for the righteous. whenever a believer is afflicted by a hardship, whether it is a thorn or more, a sin is taken off from him because of it, and he is elevated by one rank (in Jannah)." [Ahmad]
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