The following is stated in a hadith: "Neither Mizan (Scales) nor reckoning is set for those who suffered from illnesses and misfortunes. Thawabs will be given to them like pouring of rain."
- The following is stated in a hadith: "Neither Mizan (Scales) nor reckoning is set for those who suffered from illnesses and misfortunes. Thawabs will be given to them like pouring of rain." The following is stated in other narrations "Ask for health." How should we understand those hadiths?
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Dear Brother / Sister,
It is necessary to attract attention to two different aspects of the issue:
Firstly, misfortunes, illnesses and problems must not be asked from Allah. It is necessary to ask for health and welfare.
Secondly, if a misfortune, illness or problem comes to a person, it is necessary for that person to show patience by thinking about the good things about it and the rewards he will get from it.
When the issue is viewed from two aspects, it will be seen that there is no contradiction.
There is also a sacred hadith regarding the issue. The Prophet (pbuh) reports us that Allah states the following:
"When I send a misfortune to one of my slaves related to his body, wealth or children, if he shows patience, I feel ashamed to set scales for him or to open his book of deeds on the Day of Judgment." (Ibn Adi narrated the hadith with a weak chain of narrators. See Iraqi, Takhriju Ahadithil-Ihya- with Ihya-, IV/70)
There is no contradiction between man’s saying, "I wish I had suffered from more misfortunes" in the hereafter when he sees the thawabs obtained from misfortunes and his asking for health from Allah. For, asking for health and a cure for illness from Allah is a deed of worshipping.
One of the wisdoms behind sending misfortunes to people is to show people that they are weak and to make them turn toward Allah invoke sincerely. As a matter of fact, the following is stated in a hadith: "Prayer (dua) is the essence of worshipping."
There are instructions related to this invocation in the Quran:
"…Our Lord! Give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter, and defend us from the torment of the Fire!" (al-Baqara, 2/201)
When martyrs see the multitude of rewards, they will want to return to the world and sacrifice their lives in the way of Allah again. We are sure that when most of the people see the nice outcome of their good deeds, they will say, "We wish we had done a lot more good deeds."
In conclusion, envying the nice outcome of a misfortune must not prevent a person from seeking refuge from it in Allah in the world.
Questions on Islam
- Will we be called to account in the hereafter due to the sins that are few?
- Does a person go directly to Paradise if his thawabs outweigh his sins when deeds are weighed in the Gathering Place?
- What is MIZAN (SCALE)?
- What will happen if the sins and thawabs of a person are equal on the Scale/Mizan on the Day of Judgment?
- Why does Allah allow bad deeds to be committed in this world? Is it not injustice to watch oppression, injustice and evil without doing anything?
- What would you advise me to do in order to show patience in the face of illnesses and misfortunes?
- Why does test exist according to the Quran and Hadiths?
- What are the rights of a Muslim over other Muslims?
- Why does Allah not prevent extreme evil deeds, wars, drought, etc if He is Rahim (the Merciful) and Rahman (the Compassionate)?
- Is Saddam Husayn a martyr? How should we view the execution of Saddam?