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18 June 2019 CE | 15 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Punishment Indiscriminate

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “If Allah afflicts punishment upon a nation, it befalls the whole population indiscriminately and then they will be resurrected and judged according to their deeds.” [Sahih Muslim]

This hadith tells us that when Allah's punishment comes to pass, it does not distinguish between the upright and the wicked.

The upright are possibly afflicted because they did not attempt to stop the evil in their midst. For example, once Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) sent Jibreel (alaihis salam) to destroy a nation. Jibreel (alaihis salam) asked Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) what to do about the extremely devout worshipper constantly engaged in prayer, residing in the same town. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) ordered for him to be punished first since he hadn’t bothered about the heedlessness of his fellow citizens.

Another advantage of hardship is that by it a person reaches those ranks of Jannah that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) wishes to bestow upon him/her, but which he/she is not able to reach by their deeds.

On the other hand Allah’s punishment befalling the upright could also be purification for their minor sins, so that when they appear before Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) on the day of Judgment they are pure of sin and can go straight to Jannah. This earth is the best place to be purified. Punishment only increases in severity going from earthly life to grave, to Day of Resurrection, to the Fire of Hell. May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) save us from punishments everywhere. Aameen.

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