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In this series, Ustadh Ibrahim al-Tamimy takes us on a journey through the 40 Hadith on Trials, Plagues and Pandemics – with Prophetic advice on how to deal with them, compiled by Tariq al-Tamimi published on Islam21c.
“They are a punishment which Allāh sends upon whomsoever He wills, but Allāh has made it a mercy to the believers. Anyone who remains in a town which is plagued with an epidemic, remaining patient and anticipating Allāh’s reward, while firmly believing that nothing will befall him other than what Allāh has preordained for him, then he will receive a reward of a martyr.”
“How wonderful is the situation of a believer! there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity befalls him and he expresses gratitude to Allāh, then it will be for his good; and if adversity befalls him and he endures it patiently, it will also be for his good.”
“The magnitude of the reward is proportionate to the severity of the trial. When Allāh loves a people, He tests them. Whoever accepts that shall be pleased, but whoever is discontent shall be devastated.”
“Never is a believer afflicted with discomfort, illness, anxiety, grief or mental anguish, or even something as trivial as the pricking of a thorn, except that Allāh will expiate his sins on account of his patience.”
“When a slave of Allāh suffers from illness or goes on a journey, he is credited with an equal reward of whatever good works he used to do when he was healthy or at home.”
“If you hear of a plague in a land do not enter it; and if it breaks out in the land where you stay, do not leave.”
“Servants of Allāh! Make use of medical treatment, for Allāh has not made any disease without creating a cure for it.”
“There is no unbidden contagion, no evil omen, no death bird (hama), no tape-worm (safar), and one should keep away from a leper as one keeps away from a lion.”
“Do not quarantine the healthy with the infected.”
“Being clean and pure is half of faith.”
“Charity wipes away sins.”
“Nothing revises the Decree of Allāh except supplication.”
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