The Book of Patients – Sahih Bukhari

Translated By Aisha Bewley.

Chapter 78. The Book of Patients

I. What has come about illness being an expiation

The words of Allah Almighty, “Anyone who does evil will be repaid for it.” (4:123)

5317. It is related from ‘Urwa ibn az-Zubayr that ‘A’isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘There is no affliction which befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his wrong actions by it, even a thorn which pricks him.'”

5318. ‘Ata’ ibn Yasar related from Abu Sa’id al-Khudri and Abu Hurayra that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “No fatigue, illness, anxiety, sorrow, harm or sadness afflicts any Muslim, even to the extent of a thorn pricking him, without Allah wiping out his mistakes by it.”

5319. It is related from Ka’b that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The metaphor of the believer is a tender young plant which the wind sometimes bends and sometimes makes upright. The example of the hypocrite is a cedar tree which remains upright until it is uprooted all at once.”

It is related from Ka’b from the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.

5320. ‘Ata’ ibn Yasar related from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The metaphor of a believer is a tender young plant which bends from whichever direction the wind comes to it. When it is still, then it is upright. A believer bends with affliction while the impious one is like the cedar tree, rigid until Allah breaks it whenever He wishes.”

5321. Abu’l-Hubab Sa’id ibn Yasar said, “I heard Abu Hurayra say that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘When Allah desires good for someone, He afflicts him.'” Continue reading

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