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11 December 2018 CE | 02 Rabbi al-Thanni 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation


Slap a Lion


The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Only that thing overpowers the son of Adam (man) which he feels afraid of. If he does not fear anything besides Allah, nothing will overpower him except Allah. Man is turned over to only that thing which he believes (with certainty) can bring him benefit or harm. If the son of Adam does not believe that benefit or harm can come to him from anyone other than Allah, Allah will never consign him to anything else.” [Kunzul Ummaal]

Will created beings overpower you or be subjugated by you?

“Once, Abdullah Ibn Umar set off on a journey. On the way he saw some people stopped in their tracks. When he inquired about the reason, he was told that there was a lion in the way and the people were afraid of it. Ibn Umar dismounted and went up to the lion. He caught the lion’s ear, twisted it, slapped it on its neck and pushed it away from the path.

“Then he said, ‘The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) didn’t inform us incorrectly. I heard the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) say, ‘Only that thing overpowers the son of Adam (man) which he feels afraid of. If he does not fear anything besides Allah, nothing will overpower him except Allah. Man is turned over to only that thing which he believes (with certainty) can bring him benefit or harm. If the son of Adam does not believe that benefit or harm can come to him from anyone other than Allah, Allah will never consign him to anything else.’” [“Al-Bidaya wa an-Nihaya,” by Imaam Ibn Katheer]

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