Significance of Fever

Jabir (RA) reported that the Messenger of Allah (saw) visited Umm Sa’ib (or Umm Musaiyyab) and asked her, ‘What ails you O Umm Sa’ib (or Umm Musaiyyab)? You are shivering.’ She replied, ‘It is a fever, may Allah not bless it!’ He said to her, ‘Do not revile fever, for it cleanses out the sins of the sons of Adam in the same way that a furnace removes the dirt of iron.’

 [Saheeh Muslim] 

Commentary

Diseases/fevers are part of life.  The hadith informs us that fever is the Will of Allah and a means of expiation of sins, and therefore, should not be criticized.  Allah does not burden a soul beyond his capacity to bear. So if someone is sick by Allah’s will than He will clean out the sin the person has committed. Hence a huge gain in suffering and pain. However, one should take necessary measures to overcome them because Sharee’ah makes it obligatory to do so.

 

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