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Rufai Oladimeji
, Nigeria.
Question

Asalam Alaikum. I wouuld like to know
whether it is halal or haram to ask
Allah (swt) to be punished in this life
(on earth) rather than the hereafter
(judgement day). In addition, by
punishment i mean whether you can ask
Allah to make you suffer through a
certain diease or etc. Thi question has
been lingering in my mind for a couple
of years and i would like to know your
opinion.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord
of the Worlds. I testify that there is
none worthy of worship except Allah,
and that Muhammad is His slave
and Messenger.

The Prophet forbade us to
supplicate with what you mentioned in
the question. Anas, may Allah be
pleased with him, narrated that the
Prophet visited a person from
amongst the Muslims who had grown
feeble like a chicken (because of his
illness). The Prophet asked him:
“ Did you supplicate for anything or beg
Allah about that?” He said: “Yes. I used
to utter (these words): “O Allah inflict
upon me the punishment in this world
that you would punish me with in the
Hereafter.” Thereupon the Prophet
said: “Glory be to Allah, you have
neither the power nor forbearance to
take upon yourself (the burden of His
Punishment). Why did you not say
instead: “O Allah, ‘Our Lord, give us in
this world [that which is] good and in
the Hereafter [that which is] good and
protect us from the punishment of the
Fire.’” He said: “Then the Prophet
supplicated for him and Allah cured
him. ” [Muslim, Ahmad and At-Tirmithi]
An-Nawawi said in his
commentary on this Hadeeth reported
by Muslim: “This Hadeeth is evidence
that it is prohibited to ask that one's
punishment be hastened…”
Besides, a person's supplicating to Allah
to inflict him/her with a disease is
contrary to the order of the Prophet
of seeking refuge in Allah from the
difficulties of hardships as he said:

“ Take refuge with Allah from the
difficulties of hardships, from the
acquisition of wretchedness, and ill-
fate, and the taunts of enemies. ”
Therefore, dear sister, you should avoid
supplicating for hastening the
punishment (for your sins), and instead
supplicate Allah for good health as His
Mercy encompasses your sins and the
sins of all the creation.

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/171747/asking-allah-to-hasten-ones-punishment-in-this-life

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