Being Afflicted is a Means of an Increase in Status

When the Prophet(PBUH) was asked which people suffered the greatest affliction, he replied, “The Prophets, then those who come next to them, then those who come next to them. A man is afflicted in keeping his religion. If he is firm in his religion his trial is severe, but if there is weakness in his religion it is made light for him, and it continues like that till he walks on the earth having no sin.”

[Narrated by Sa’d, Hadith – Al-Tirmidhi 1562, Ibn Majah and Darimi transmitted it, and Tirmidhi said this is a hasan sahih tradition.]

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