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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