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Am I excluded from Istidraj in Ma’ariful Hadeeth?

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I have been studying Ma’ariful Hadeeth & I have been unable to move on as the issue of Istidraj in the the 1st edition seems to be haunting me. My question is – how do i know if i am not under this category of people discussed in the topic of Istidraj?

The question you asked was regarding Istidraaj. This is the state of a person who is favoured by Allah but lives a life of sin. Alah is allowing him time to realise and return to the right path. I would like to ask, what is haunting you? why do you feel you may fall under this category? are your actions in accordance to the commandments of Allah and his Rasool or contrary to them. If the former, then you have nothing to worry about and the thoughts you are getting are from Shaytaan. Whenever they come to you, ignore them and hold firm to the teachings of Islam. If the latter, then indeed you have something to worry about. Make Du’aa to Allah so that he assists you in the situation you are in. Imaan is in-between hope and fear. A person shouldn’t be content with his life as to think that he is now successful. He should always be careful. Umar Radiyallahu anhu is reported to have said, ” if it was announced that nobody except one will enter Jannah i have hope this one person is me. And if it was announced that nobody except one will enter Jahannam, i fear it will be me.”

May Allah guide us all and give us steadfastness.

Answer Approved by Shaikhul Hadeeth Mufti Farooq

Mufti Yaseen Shaikh

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