A Strong Believer

RevivingTheSunnah: Day 788


Book 033, Number 6441:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying:A strong believer is better and is more lovable to Allah than a weak believer, and there is good in everyone, (but) cherish that which gives you benefit (in the Hereafter) and seek help from Allah and do not lose heart, and if anything (in the form of trouble) comes to you, don’t say: If I had not done that, it would not have happened so and so, but say: Allah did that what He had ordained to do and your” if” opens the (gate) for the Satan.

[Sahih Muslim]

Points to be taken from this hadith:

  • According to this hadith, it is quite clear that we must be strong believers to be more loved by our Creator. There are several factors that make one a strong believer.

  • One of the many factors of being a strong believer according to this hadith is to have strong faith (iman) by seeking help from Allah (swt) in all circumstances (no matter how tough the situation is) “O you who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer: for Allah is with those who patiently persevere.”[sura al-baqarah verse 153]

  • Furthermore, if something “bad” befalls us, we must not look back in the past saying -‘ “if” i had not done that, that “bad” thing would never had befallen me’. This is very wrong. First and foremost, we don’t know if that “bad” thing is bad. Perhaps, it is something that will benefit us in the long run. Furthermore, perhaps that “affliction” was a form of expiating our sins. Allah ony knows. If we question what Allah (swt) has ordained for us, we are questioning Allah (swt)’s wisdom- and this opens the gate for Shaytan.
    Instead we must say ‘Qaddarallaahu wa maa shaa’ fa’al’ (Allaah ordained (this) and He does what He wills) However, we must not take our actions for granted because afflictions sometimes may occur as a result of a bad action.

    Sahih International

    [And said], “If you do good, you do good for yourselves; and if you do evil, [you do it] to yourselves.” (Surah Al Isra verse 7)

  • We must put our full trust in Allah (swt) at all times. Suhaib ar Rumi (r) reported that Allah’s Messenger said, “It is remarkable that everything turns out well for a believer while that applies only to a believer. If happiness befalls him, he gives thanks, and it turns out well for him, and if misfortune befalls him, he shows endurance (patience) and it turns out well for him. [Sahih Muslim] We must praise Allah (swt) in all circumstances. If something seemingly bad befalls us we say-Al-hamdu-Lillaah ‘ala kulli haal (Praise be to Allaah in all situations)
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