The Prophet said, "No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow,
nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even
if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that
Allah expiates some of his sins for that."
The Prophet said, "The example of a believer is that of
a fresh tender plant, which the wind bends lt sometimes
and some other time it makes it straight. And the example
of a hypocrite is that of a pine tree which keeps straight
till once it is uprooted suddenly.
Allah's Apostle said, "The example of a believer is
that of a fresh tender plant; from whatever direction the
wind comes, it bends it, but when the wind becomes quiet,
it becomes straight again. Similarly, a believer is
afflicted with calamities (but he remains patient till
Allah removes his difficulties.) And an impious wicked
person is like a pine tree which keeps hard and straight
till Allah cuts (breaks) it down when He wishes." (See
Hadith No. 558, Vol. 9.)
I visited the Prophet during his ailments and he was
suffering from a high fever. I said, "You have a high
fever. Is it because you will have a double reward for
it?" He said, "Yes, for no Muslim is afflicted with any
harm but that Allah will remove his sins as the leaves of
a tree fall down."
I visited Allah's Apostle while he was suffering from a
high fever. I said, "O Allah's Apostle! You have a high
fever." He said, "Yes, I have as much fever as two men of
you." I said, "Is it because you will have a double
reward?" He said, "Yes, it is so. No Muslim is afflicted
with any harm, even if it were the prick of a thorn, but
that Allah expiates his sins because of that, as a tree
sheds its leaves."
Allah's Apostle ordered us to do seven things and
forbade us to do seven other things. He forbade us to wear
gold rings, silk, Dibaj, Istabriq, Qissy, and Maithara;
and ordered us to accompany funeral processions, visit the
sick and greet everybody. (See Hadith No. 104)
Once I fell ill. The Prophet and Abu Bakr came walking
to pay me a visit and found me unconscious. The Prophet
performed ablution and then poured the remaining water on
me, and I came to my senses to see the Prophet. I said, "O
Allah's Apostle! What shall I do with my property? How
shall I dispose of (distribute) my property?" He did not
reply till the Verse of inheritance was revealed.
Ibn 'Abbas said to me, "Shall I show you a woman of the
people of Paradise?" I said, "Yes." He said, "This black
lady came to the Prophet and said, 'I get attacks of
epilepsy and my body becomes uncovered; please invoke
Allah for me.' The Prophet said (to her), 'If you wish, be
patient and you will have (enter) Paradise; and if you
wish, I will invoke Allah to cure you.' She said, 'I will
remain patient,' and added, 'but I become uncovered, so
please invoke Allah for me that I may not become
uncovered.' So he invoked Allah for her."
When Allah's Apostle emigrated to Medina, Abu Bakr and
Bilal got a fever. I entered upon them and asked, "O my
father! How are you? O Bilal! How are you?" Whenever fever
attacked Abu Bakr, he would recite the following poetic
verses: 'Everybody is staying alive among his people, yet
death is nearer to him than his shoe laces." And whenever
the fever deserted Bilal, he would recite (two poetic
lines): 'Would that I could stay overnight in a valley
wherein I would be surrounded by Idhkhir and Jalil (two
kinds of good smelling grass). Would that one day I would
drink of the water of Majinna and would that Shama and
Tafil (two mountains at Mecca) would appear to me.' Then I
came and informed Allah's Apostle about that, whereupon he
said, "O Allah! Make us love Medina as much or more than
we love Mecca. O Allah! Make it healthy and bless its Mudd
and Sa for us, and take away its fever and put it in
Usama bin Zaid said that while he. Sad and Ubai bin
Ka'b were with the Prophet a daughter of the Prophet sent
a message to him, saying. 'My daughter is dying; please
come to us." The Prophet sent her his greetings and added
"It is for Allah what He takes, and what He gives; and
everything before His sight has a limited period. So she
should hope for Allah's reward and remain patient." She
again sent a message, beseeching him by Allah, to come. So
the Prophet got up. and so did we (and went there). The
child was placed on his lap while his breath was
irregular. Tears flowed from the eyes of the Prophet. Sad
said to him, "What is this, O Allah's Apostle?" He said.
"This Is Mercy which Allah has embedded in the hearts of
whomever He wished of His slaves. And Allah does not
bestow His Mercy, except on the merciful among His slaves.
(See Hadith No. 373 Vol. 2)
The Prophet went to visit a sick bedouin. Whenever the
Prophet went to a patient, he used to say to him, "Don't
worry, if Allah will, it will be expiation (for your
sins):" The bedouin said, "You say expiation? No, it is
but a fever that is boiling or harassing an old man and
will lead him to his grave without his will." The Prophet
said, "Then, yes, it is so."
A Jewish boy used to serve the Prophet and became ill.
The Prophet went to pay him a visit and said to him,
"Embrace Islam," and he did embrace Islam. Al-Musaiyab
said: When Abu Talib was on his deathbed, the Prophet
During the ailment of the Prophet some people came to
visits him. He led them in prayer while sitting. but they
prayed standing, so he waved to them to sit down. When he
had finished the prayer, he said, "An Imam is to be
followed, so when he bows, you should bow. and when he
raises his head, you should raise yours, and if he prays
sitting. you should pray sitting." Abu Abdullah said Al-Humaidi
said, (The order of ) "This narration has been abrogated
by the last action of the Prophet as he led the prayer
sitting, while the people prayed standing behind him'
I became seriously ill at Mecca and the Prophet came to
visit me. I said, "O Allah's Apostle! I shall leave behind
me a good fortune, but my heir is my only daughter; shall
I bequeath two third of my property to be spent in charity
and leave one third (for my heir)?" He said, "No." I said,
"Shall I bequeath half and leave half?" He said, "No." I
said, "Shall I bequeath one third and leave two thirds?"
He said, "One third is alright, though even one third is
too much." Then he placed his hand on his forehead and
passed it over my face and abdomen and said, "O Allah!
Cure Sad and complete his emigration." I feel as if I have
been feeling the coldness of his hand on my liver ever
I visited Allah's Apostle while he was suffering from a
high fever. I touched him with my hand and said, "O
Allah's Apostle! You have a high fever." Allah's Apostle
said, "Yes, I have as much fever as two men of you have."
I said, "Is it because you will get a double reward?"
Allah's Apostle said, "Yes, no Muslim is afflicted with
harm because of sickness or some other inconvenience, but
that Allah will remove his sins for him as a tree sheds
I visited the Prophet during his illness and touched
him while he was having a fever. I said to him, "You have
a high fever; is it because you will get a double reward?"
He said, "Yes. No Muslim is afflicted with any harm, but
that his sins will be annulled as the leave of a tree fall
Allah's Apostle entered upon sick man to pay him a
visit, and said to him, "Don't worry, Allah willing, (your
sickness will be) an expiation for your sins." The man
said, "No, it is but a fever that is boiling within an old
man and will send him to his grave." On that, the Prophet
said, "Then yes, it is so."
The Prophet rode a donkey having a saddle with a
Fadakiyya velvet covering. He mounted me behind him and
went to visit Sad bin 'Ubada, and that had been before the
battle of Badr. The Prophet proceeded till he passed by a
gathering in which 'Abdullah bin Ubai bin Salul was
present, and that had been before 'Abdullah embraced
Islam. The gathering comprised of Muslims, polytheists,
i.e., isolators and Jews. 'Abdullah bin Rawaha was also
present in that gathering. When dust raised by the donkey
covered the gathering, 'Abdullah bin Ubai covered his nose
with his upper garment and said, "Do not trouble us with
dust." The Prophet greeted them, stopped and dismounted.
Then he invited them to Allah (i.e., to embrace Islam) and
recited to them some verses of the Holy Qur'an. On that,
'Abdullah bin Ubai said, "O man ! There is nothing better
than what you say if it is true. Do not trouble us with it
in our gathering, but return to your house, and if
somebody comes to you, teach him there." On that 'Abdullah
bin Rawaha said, Yes, O Allah's Apostle! Bring your
teachings to our gathering, for we love that." So the
Muslims, the pagans and the Jews started abusing each
other till they were about to fight. The Prophet kept on
quietening them till they became calm. Thereupon the
Prophet mounted his animal and proceeded till he entered
upon Sad bin Ubada. He said to him "O Sad! Have you not
heard what Abu Hubab (i.e., 'Abdullah bin Ubai) said?" Sad
said, 'O Allah's Apostle! Excuse and forgive him, for
Allah has given you what He has given you. The people of
this town (Medina decided unanimously to crown him and
make him their chief by placing a turban on his head, but
when that was prevented by the Truth which Allah had given
you he ('Abdullah bin Ubai) was grieved out of jealously,
and that was the reason which caused him to behave in the
way you have seen."
The Prophet passed by me while I was kindling a fire
under a (cooking) pot. He said, "Do the lice of your head
trouble you?" I said, "Yes." So he called a barber to
shave my head and ordered me to make expiation for that."
'Aisha, (complaining of headache) said, "Oh, my head"!
Allah's Apostle said, "I wish that had happened while I
was still living, for then I would ask Allah's Forgiveness
for you and invoke Allah for you." Aisha said, "Wa
thuklayah! By Allah, I think you want me to die; and If
this should happen, you would spend the last part of the
day sleeping with one of your wives!" The Prophet said,
"Nay, I should say, 'Oh my head!' I felt like sending for
Abu Bakr and his son, and appoint him as my successor lest
some people claimed something or some others wished
something, but then I said (to myself), 'Allah would not
allow it to be otherwise, and the Muslims would prevent it
to be otherwise".
I visited the Prophet while he was having a high fever.
I touched him an said, "You have a very high fever" He
said, "Yes, as much fever as two me of you may have." I
said. "you will have a double reward?" He said, "Yes No
Muslim is afflicted with hurt caused by disease or some
other inconvenience, but that Allah will remove his sins
as a tree sheds its leaves."
Allah's Apostle came to visit me during my ailment
which had been aggravated during Hajjat-al-Wada'. I said
to him, "You see how sick I am. I have much property but
have no heir except my only daughter May I give two thirds
of my property in charity?"! He said, "No." I said, "Half
of it?" He said, "No." I said "One third?" He said, "One
third is too much, for to leave your heirs rich is better
than to leave them poor, begging of others. Nothing you
spend seeking Allah's pleasure but you shall get a reward
for it, even for what you put in the mouth of your wife."
When Allah's Apostle was on his death-bed and in the
house there were some people among whom was 'Umar bin Al-Khattab,
the Prophet said, "Come, let me write for you a statement
after which you will not go astray." 'Umar said, "The
Prophet is seriously ill and you have the Qur'an; so the
Book of Allah is enough for us." The people present in the
house differed and quarrelled. Some said "Go near so that
the Prophet may write for you a statement after which you
will not go astray," while the others said as Umar said.
When they caused a hue and cry before the Prophet, Allah's
Apostle said, "Go away!" Narrated 'Ubaidullah: Ibn 'Abbas
used to say, "It was very unfortunate that Allah's Apostle
was prevented from writing that statement for them because
of their disagreement and noise."
My aunt took me to Allah's Apostle and said, "O Allah's
Apostle! My nephew is- ill." The Prophet touched my head
with his hand and invoked Allah to bless me. He then
performed ablution and I drank of the remaining water of
his ablution and then stood behind his back and saw "Khatam
An-Nubuwwa" (The Seal of Prophethood) between his
shoulders like a button of a tent.
The Prophet said, "None of you should wish for death
because of a calamity befalling him; but if he has to wish
for death, he should say: "O Allah! Keep me alive as long
as life is better for me, and let me die if death is
better for me.' "
We went to pay a visit to Khabbab (who was sick) and he
had been branded (cauterized) at seven places in his body.
He said, "Our companions who died (during the lifetime of
the Prophet) left (this world) without having their
rewards reduced through enjoying the pleasures of this
life, but we have got (so much) wealth that we find no way
to spend It except on the construction of buildings Had
the Prophet not forbidden us to wish for death, I would
have wished for it.' We visited him for the second time
while he was building a wall. He said, A Muslim is
rewarded (in the Hereafter) for whatever he spends except
for something that he spends on building."
I heard Allah's Apostle saying, "The good deeds of any
person will not make him enter Paradise." (i.e., None can
enter Paradise through his good deeds.) They (the
Prophet's companions) said, 'Not even you, O Allah's
Apostle?' He said, "Not even myself, unless Allah bestows
His favor and mercy on me." So be moderate in your
religious deeds and do the deeds that are within your
ability: and none of you should wish for death, for if he
is a good doer, he may increase his good deeds, and if he
is an evil doer, he may repent to Allah."
Whenever Allah's Apostle paid a visit to a patient, or
a patient was brought to him, he used to invoke Allah,
saying, "Take away the disease, O the Lord of the people!
Cure him as You are the One Who cures. There is no cure
but Yours, a cure that leaves no disease."
The Prophet came to me while I was ill. He performed
ablution and threw the remaining water on me (or said,
"Pour it on him) " When I came to my senses I said, "O
Allah's Apostle! I have no son or father to be my heir, so
how will be my inheritance?" Then the Verse of inheritance
When Allah's Apostle emigrated to Medina, Abu Bakr and
Bilal had a fever. I entered upon them and said, "O my
father! How are you? O Bilal! How are you?" Whenever Abu
Bakr got the fever he used to say, "Everybody is staying
alive with his people, yet death is nearer to him than his
shoe laces." And when fever deserted Bilal, he would
recite (two poetic verses): "Would that I could stay
overnight in a valley wherein I would be surrounded by
Idhkhir and Jalil (two kinds of good smelling grass).
Would that one day I could drink of the water of Majinna,
and would that Shama and Tafil (two mountains at Mecca)
would appear to me!" I went to Allah's Apostle and
informed him about that. He said, "O Allah! Make us love
Medina as much or more than we love Mecca, and make it
healthy, and bless its Sa and its Mudd, and take away its
fever and put it in Al-Juhfa." (See Hadith No 558).