‘By My Knowledge of your heart…’

As-salamu `alaykum wa rahmatullah

A powerful narration:

وخرجه الطبراني من حديث أنس عن النبي (صلى الله عليه وسلم): يقول الله عز وجل: إن من عبادي من لا يصلح إيمانه إلا بالفقر وإن بسطت عليه أفسده ذلك , و إن من عبادي من لا يصلح إيمانه إلا بالغني ولو أفقرته لأفسده ذلك, و إن من عبادي من لا يصلح إيمانه إلا بالصحة ولو أسقمته لأفسده ذلك, و إن من عبادي من لا يصلح إيمانه إلا بالسقم ولو أصححته لأفسده ذلك. و إن من عبادي من يطلب بابا من العبادة, فأكفه عنه, لكيلا يدخله العجب, إني أدبر عبادي بعلمي بما في قلوبهم, إني عليم خبير

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, “Allah `azza wa jall said: ‘Verily, from amongst My slaves is he whose faith cannot be rectified except by being inflicted with poverty, and were I to enrich him, it would surely corrupt him. Verily, from amongst My slaves is he whose faith cannot be rectified except by wealth and affluence, and were I to deprive him, it would surely corrupt him. Verily, from amongst My slaves is he whose faith cannot be rectified except by good health, and were I to make him sick, it would surely corrupt him. Verily, from amongst My slaves is he whose faith cannot be rectified except by disease and illness, and were I to make him healthy, it would surely corrupt him. Verily, from amongst My slaves is he who seeks worship by a certain act but I prevent that from him so that self-amazement does not enter his heart. Certainly, I run the affairs of My slaves by My Knowledge of what is in their hearts. Certainly, I am the All-Knower, All-Aware.‘” [Reported by al-Tabarani. See also al-Silsilah al-Dha'eefah by al-Albani]

I was typing up my thoughts on this hadith until I realised that it was so deep that books could be written on it! So I’ll leave it as it is, for you all to digest it…

Edit: It was brought to my attention that this narration was actually graded as being weak by al-Albani in his ‘al-Dha’ifah’ collection. I originally picked it out from Ibn Rajab’s book ‘Jami’ al-’Ulum wal-Hikam which stated that it was in the ‘al-Sahihah’ collection as opposed to the Dha’ifah but digging through the latter just now, I found that it was there instead.

My heartfelt apologies for not going through the original sources myself before posting the narration (good thing my teachers don’t know I have such a careless blog!). However, there is still a lot of benefit to be gained from it and the meaning of the hadith rings true. May Allah reward the sister who clarified the sihha of the narration for me!

29 thoughts on “‘By My Knowledge of your heart…’

  1. WalaikumAsalam warehmatula wabarakatuhu.

    this is indeed an excellent post. Makes one wonder, the beautiful creation of Allah azza wajal. I think it is something to reflect upon aswell, and realize the bounties that we have been given. Alhamdulillah. Maybe we would change for the worst if we had…more.

    jazakAllahukhairun. May Allah reward you immensely for you work.
    keep it cool

  2. Mashaallah.Jazakillahu khairaan kaseera.Indeed Allah loves us more and more just on us than we are on ourselves.


  3. Subhan’Allah… Such a beautiful hadith that provokes such deep thought within the slave of Allah… I relate it to my own life, and once again realise the true wisdom behind anything that happens to us, since it is all as a test from our Lord Most High. May it be that we continuously turn back to Him (s.w.t), in times of hardship or in times of ease.

  4. Wa iyyakum.

    There was a slight omission in the translation, which I’ve now included. Apologies for that!

    I’ve also included the Arabic to the narration.

  5. Thanks for sharing this Qudsi Hadith. Indeed it has very profound implications. May Allah give us contentment with his decrees and save us from becoming extreme in poverty and affluence. Say Amin!

  6. Assalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh,

    Nice hadeeth. It makes so much sense and helps us to understand to some degree why people are of different levels and statuses in life.

    Jazaaki Allaahu khayran.

    Assalaamu alaykum

  7. Amazing SubahAllah, there is a wisdom behind everything.

    JazakumAllah khair for posting, I hope you don’t mind me sharing this with my readers in my website inshaAllah.

  8. Allahu abkar and where do stand when Allah is our creator and he is our return.
    Subhana’Allah day in and day out we worry about the afairs of daily live when Allah had already degreed for us what would be our provision and qadr for each and every single day of our lives..Alhamdulilah for whatever that is good or bad. May Allah swt give us hikmah and patience to deal with the Qadar of Allah. And “Whatever was meant to be would never pass by us. and whatever was not meant to be would’ve never came by”
    Jazaka’Allahu kheyrun ukhti for the great reminder..i just had a reflection for a moment.Allahmadulilah alaa kuli xaal

  9. Salam alaikom sister
    Jazakallah for sharing the hadeeth
    Sister I know this is somewhat off topic but i realised you have indepth knowledge about living/studying in cairo and I was hoping you could help me or if you know anyone else that can help.

    Fi amanillah

  10. As-Salaamu Alaykum Jazakallahu Khayran-now that its been noted to be weak you should remove it to stop it from being used. There are other aheedith that provide us with equal contemplation so no need to use something that is weak.

  11. Wa `alaykumusalam wa rahmatullah

    I think there might be some misunderstanding on weak ahadith. There’s no problem in quoting them and contemplating over them (since the meaning is sound), numerous scholars including muhaddithin have ahadith which are weak in some of their works – the only thing is that the authenticity should be clear as it’s not correct to act upon the dha’if and seek ‘ibadah/reward through it etc.

    So insha’Allah, it’s fine to leave it up. Wallahu a’lam.

  12. Asalaamu ‘alaykum,

    JazakAllaahu khayra. The sanad of this hadeeth is indeed unanimously agreed to be da’eef. There are a number of similar ahadeeth with various wording recorded in a number of books, but none of their isnad is without fault.

    This hadeeth parts many points of aqeedah, some of which contradicts Ayaat and other saheeh hadeeth pertaining to trials and fitnah of a person etc. Therefore none of the details contained therein can be accepted as evidence nor any proof derived from it in Deen. It may seem fine to spread it, but it is better and safer that this not be done as no one will have the ability to decipher and cross-reference which points are acceptable and which are not.

    There are far more authentic material out there, so there is no need to appeal to questionable references, even if they “seem” fine to us.

    Allaah knows best.

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