Islamic Date06 Shawwal
English Date28 May
The Right Attitude
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) went to visit a sick bedouin. Whenever the Prophet went to a patient, he used to say to him, "Don't worry, if Allah will, it will be expiation (for your sins)." The bedouin said, "You say expiation? No, it is but a fever that is boiling or harassing an old man and will lead him to his grave without his will." The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, "Then, yes, it is so." [Sahih Bukhari]
This hadith conveys to us the importance of having a positive attitude. Since the man denied the comforting news regarding his illness, conveyed by the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), he wasn't deserving that the good news should apply to him.
Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) has given us glad tidings that no suffering of ours is in vain. Whether it be physical pain, financial difficulty or emotional stress, each functions to purify us of the sins that we habitually accumulate. Following the Prophet's example, we should also encourage patients to bear their pain and suffering with hope of reward from Allah (subhana wa ta’ala), in compensation for their patience through the trial that they are undergoing.