Whoever removes a grief from a believer

Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu) said that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever removes a grief from a believer from amongst the sorrows of this life, Allah will remove a grief from him amongst the sorrows of the Day of Resurrection. Whoever brings ease to one in difficulty, Allah will make it easy for him in this life and the Hereafter. Whoever covers a Muslim, Allah will cover him in this life and the Hereafter. Allah is in aid of the servant so long as the servant is in aid of his brother. Whoever traverses a path seeking knowledge, Allah will make a path to Paradise easy for him. No people gather in one of the houses of Allah reciting the Book of Allah and studying it amongst themselves, except that tranquillity descends upon them, mercy envelopes them, the Angels surround them, and Allah mentions them amongst those who are with Him. Whosoever is slowed down by his actions will not be sped forward by his lineage.”

[Sahih Muslim]

Commentary:

From the Benefits of the hadith:

1. The encouragement of removing grief from the Believers

2. The implication that the Day of Resurrection will be a day of grief and sorrow. Allah, The Exalted, explains this in His statement (interpretation of the meaning):

“O mankind! Fear your Lord and be dutiful to Him! Verily, the earthquake of the Hour is a terrible thing. The Day you shall see it, every nursing mother will forget her nursling and every pregnant one will drop her load, and you shall see mankind as in a drunken state, yet they will not be drunken, but severe will be the torment of Allah.” [al- Hajj 22:l-2]

3. Naming that day the Day of Resurrection since the people will be raised from their graves for the Lord of all in existence. Justice will be carried out and testimonies will be upheld.

4. The encouragement of facilitation for one in difficulty due to his statement (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), “Whoever brings ease to one in difficulty, Allah will make it easy him in this life and the Hereafter” Facilitation for the one in difficulty is in accordance to the level of his difficulty. For example, the one in debt that does not have the money to repay it, facilitation for him is done by waiting for it (i.e. the repayment) or by freeing him from it, and freeing him from it is better. Facilitation for the one who has been stricken by a calamity is done by aiding and assisting him through the calamity, promising him reward and recompense and other than that. The point is that facilitation is in accordance to the level of difficulty that a person has been stricken.

5. The encouragement of covering the Muslim, due to his (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) statement, “Whoever covers a Muslim, Allah will cover him in this life and the Hereafter” The intent by covering is concealing faults, but concealing is not praiseworthy unless there is benefit in it without harm. For example, if a criminal steals who is renowned for his evil and corruption, we do not cover him. As for the person that is apparently upright and then does an impermissible act, then in this case concealing is appropriate. Therefore, with regard to concealing, one should look towards where the benefit lies. It is not appropriate to conceal a person that is renowned for his evil and corruption. As for the one who is apparently upright, but he does whatever he does, this is the one who it is recommended to cover.

6. The encouragement of aiding the Muslim servant and that Allah, The Exalted, aids the servant according to the degree that he aids his brother due to his statement   “Allah is in aid of the servant so long as the servant is in aid of his brother.”

7. The encouragement of seeking knowledge due to his statement (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) “Whoever traverses a path seeking knowledge, Allah will make a path to Paradise easy for him.”

8. The virtue of the people gathering to recite the Qur’an. Reaping this reward does not occur except that they gather in the House of Allah i.e. in one of the Masaajid so that they can attain being in a noble place, and the most virtuous of places are the Masaajid.

9. A clarification of reaping this great reward. Tranquillity descends upon them, and it is serenity of the heart. Mercy envelopes them, i.e. the angels surround and encircle them meaning that they encompass them from all sides. Allah mentions them amongst the angels that are with Him since they mentioned Allah, The Exalted, in a gathering, and Allah, The Exalted, has mentioned in a Hadith Qudsi: “Whoever mentions Me in a gathering, I shall mention him in a better gathering.” [Sahih al-Bukhari]

10. A person’s lineage is not beneficial if it is not accompanied by righteous actions due to his statement, “Whoever is slowed down by his actions will not be sped forward by his lineage.”

11. It is appropriate that a person is not dazzled with himself and conceited. He should focus on his righteous actions until he reaches the highest levels.

And Allah Knows Best!

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