Does the Harshness of Illness Remove Sins


2494 Does the Harshness of Illness Remove Sins

Posted on November 06, 2013 | Filed under Mukhtalif Fatawajaat, Miscellaneous Nature

Question :
Does the harshness of the pangs of death remove sins? Similarly, does illness also remove sins?

Answer :
Yes,everything that afflicts a person of illness, difficulty, grief or sadness, even a thorn that pricks him, acts as an expiation for sins. Furthermore, if he is patient and hoping for rewards from Allah, then in addition to it being an expiation, he is also rewarded for that patience with which he faced that affliction. There is no difference on this point between that which afflicts a person at death or beforehand. Afflictions are an expiation of sins for the believer. This is indicated in Allah's words,
And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much.
"And whatever of misfortune befalls you, it is because of what your hands have earned. And He pardons much."
Al-Shura 30.

If it is due to what our hands have done and earned, this indicates that it is an expiation for what we have done and earned. Similarly, the Prophet (S.A.W) stated that a believer is never afflicted by any grief, sadness or injury, even a prick of a thorn, except that Allah expiates sins from him due to it.
Shaikh ibn Uthaimin

 
 
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