The parable of a believer when he is afflicted by illness or fever

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What is the authenticity of this Hadith?

Abdur Rahman ibn Azhar reported: Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said,

“Verily the parable of the believer, when he is afflicted by illness or fever, is only that of a piece of iron placed in the fire; its defects vanish and its goodness remains.”



Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration.

(As Sunanul Kubra, vol. 3 pg. 374)


‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith reliable (mursalun jayyid)

(Al Muhaddhab of Hafiz Dhahabi, Hadith: 5814)


Also see here.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

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