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Targheeb and Tarheeb
  Tests For The Believers
Source: The Inevitable Journey (QSS)
Article ID : TZK050012  [17885]  
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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 aquire rewards, as was explained above, as is further emphasized below.


Abu Hurayrah (radiallaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) 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 (radiallaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) 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 (radiallaahu anhu) 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 (radiallaahu anhu) narrated that once some pain afflicted the Prophrt (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) causing him to suffer and turn about in his bed. she said: " Had one of us done this, you would have blamed him." He (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) replied:

" An ailment is intensified for the righteous. whenever a believer is afflicted by a hardship, ehether 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 ]


Usually, when a believer falls sick, he would not be able to do the same amount of good (prayer,fasting,helping Muslims etc) that he used to do when he was well. But Allah out of His great mercy, continues to record for him the good deeds that he was forced to stop because of his sickness. Abu Moosa Al-Ash'aree (radiallaahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

" For a travelling or sick person, his deeds will be recorded in accordance with what he used to do when he was resident or well." [ Bukharee ]

'Abdullah Bin 'Amr (radiallaahu anhu)reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

" No (believing) person gets sick, but (his deeds) will be recorded for him in accordance with what he used to do when he was well." [ Bukharee ]

Anas (radiallaahu anhu) reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

" No muslims body is afflicted by Allah, but He will record (his deeds) foe him in accordance with what he used to do when he was well - as long as he is sick. Thus, if He takes his life, He forgives him; and if He cures him, He wahes him (from sins)." [ Bukharee ]

'Uqbah Bin 'Aamir (radiallaahu anhu)reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

" Each days deeds are sealed with it. thus, when a believer gets sick, thw angels say, " Our lord! Your servant such and such, You have restrained him (from doing good this day)." And the lord replies, " Seal his day in acordance with his (usual) deeds, until he is cured or dies". [ Ahmad ]


'Atta Bin Rabaah reported that ibn 'abbaas (radiallaahu anhu) told him, " Do you want to see a woman from the people of Jannah (paradise)?" He said "Yes". He said: " It is this black woman. She came to the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) saying, " I have (epileptic) seizures, and I get exposed, so supplicate to Allah for me." He (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

" If you wish, be patient and you will attain Jannah; or if you wish, I will ask Allah to cure you."

She replied, " I will be patient ! But my body gets exposed (because of the fall), so supplicate to Allah for me that I do not become exposed." and he (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) did." [ Bukharee and Muslim ]

The scholars have differed in opinion as to whether a sick person will be rewarded for the sickness itself or for being patient during it. the correct opinion is that if he is aptient and submits to Allah's will, as in the above hadeeth, he would be rewarded for both the submission and the sickness, otherwise, he would not be rewrded at all; because he resented Allah's decree. This is what should be understood from Ibn hajar al -'Asqalaanees words:

" The authentic hadeeths ar eclear in that the rewards are recorded once affliction strikes a Muslim. as for patience and acceptance, they are virtues for which a person may get additional rewards over those for the affliction."

'Abdullah Bin 'Amr (radiallaahu anhu)reported that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said:

" If a Muslim is pricked by (as little as) a thorn in the wordly life, and he seeks its reward from Allah, some of his sins will be removed, because of it, on the Day of Judgement." [ Bukharee ]

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