Commentary for a hadith regarding adversity

Question:

assalamu alikum

I hope you and our Hazrat are keeping well. 
 
If time permits, I request a few lines comments on the following Hadith:
 
مَنْ يُرِدِ اللَّهُ بِهِ خَيْرًا يُصِبْ مِنْهُ
 
Jazak Allah Khairan
 
was salamu alikum wa rahmatullah

 

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الجواب حامدا ومصليا ومسلما

Answer:

Wa alaykum as salaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

 

The hadith quoted above translates, "Whoever Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala wants good for, he afflicts him with difficulty." (Sahih Bukhari) The commentary of this hadith written by the classical scholars of hadith tells us that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala tests and tries his servants in different ways. He gives blessing to some so they may be grateful, while he puts others through hardship so that they bear patience. In either situation, either through gratefulness or patience, one gets closer to Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala.

 

In a different hadith, Rasulullah (may peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Never a believer is stricken with a discomfort, an illness, an anxiety, a grief or mental worry or even the pricking of a thorn but Allah will expiate his sins on account of his patience". We see that through difficulties, Allah tests his servants. And due to their patience, He rewards them.

 

In another hadith, Rasulullah (may peace and blessings be upon him) said, "The ones who are afflicted with the most pain are the prophets of Allah, then those who are nearest to them." (Mustadrak Hakim)

 

The hadith quoted in the question tells us that when Allah wants good for someone, he puts them through difficulty to reward them for the patience that they endure.

 

والله اعلم

Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala knows best.

Taha Abdulkareem

Approved by Mufti Husain Ahmad Madani

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