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Question

Is the following Ḥadīth Qudsī authentic and should it be circulated?

‘Allah, The Exalted, said, “If you never felt pain or experienced problems, how would you know I am the Healer? If you never made a mistake, how would you know I am the Forgiver? If you were never hurt, how would you know I am the Comforter? If your life was perfect, then why would you need Me?”’

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

Answer

We have not come across this narration in the ḥadīth books available to us, therefore one should avoid circulating it until it is verified. There is an authentic ḥadīth with a similar theme which should be circulated instead. The ḥadīth is in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim (2569) as follows:

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم: إن الله عز وجل يقول يوم القيامة: يا ابن آدم مرضت فلم تعدني، قال: يا رب كيف أعودك وأنت رب العالمين، قال: أما علمت أن عبدي فلانا مرض فلم تعده، أما علمت أنك لو عدته لوجدتني عنده؟ يا ابن آدم استطعمتك فلم تطعمني، قال: يا رب وكيف أطعمك؟ وأنت رب العالمين، قال: أما علمت أنه استطعمك عبدي فلان، فلم تطعمه؟ أما علمت أنك لو أطعمته لوجدت ذلك عندي، يا ابن آدم استسقيتك، فلم تسقني، قال: يا رب كيف أسقيك؟ وأنت رب العالمين، قال: استسقاك عبدي فلان فلم تسقه، أما إنك لو سقيته وجدت ذلك عندي

The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “Allah, Mighty and Exalted, will say on the Day of Resurrection: O son of Adam, I fell ill and you did not visit Me. He will say: O Lord, and how should I visit You when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so had fallen ill and you did not visit him? Did you not know that had you visited him you would have found Me by him? O son of Adam, I asked you for food and you did not feed Me. He will say: O Lord, and how should I feed You when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: Did you not know that My servant So-and-so asked you for food and you did not feed him? Did you not know that had you fed him you would surely have found that by Me? O son of Adam, I asked you to give Me to drink and you did not give Me. He will say: O Lord, how should I give You to drink when You are the Lord of the worlds? He will say: My servant So-and-so asked you to give him to drink and you did not give him. Had you given him to drink you would have surely found that by Me.”

Allah knows best

Yusuf Shabbir

13 Ṣafar 1443 / 21 September 2021

Approved by: Mufti Shabbir Ahmed and Mufti Muhammad Tahir

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