Just as a tree sheds its leaves

Ibn Mas’ud (radi Allahu anhu) reported: I visited the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) when he was suffering fever. I said, “You seem to be suffering greatly, O Messenger of Allah.” The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied, “Yes, I suffer as much as two persons.” I said, “Is that because you have a double reward?” He replied that that was so and then said, “No Muslim is afflicted by a harm, be it the pricking of a thorn or something more (painful than that), but Allah thereby causes his sins to fall away just as a tree sheds its leaves.”

[Sahih al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Commentary:

We learn from this hadith that Prophets have to face more than ordinary troubles and for that reason their reward to bear them is also increased. Thus, the excess of hardships and grief is a sign of perfect Faith and not a sign of Allah’s displeasure.

And Allah Knows Best!

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