Please authenticate this Hadith.
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) has said:
“Sometimes a high rank is decreed for a Mu’min which he could never have attained by virtue of his deeds, so Allah Ta’ala makes him experience some hardship, whether it be physical, material or concerning his children. Then, He makes him patient and lets him attain the position decreed for him by Allah ‘Azza Wa Jalla.’
Imams Abu Dawud and Ahmad (rahimahumallah) have recorded this Hadith.
(Sunan Abi Dawud, Hadith: 3090, Musnad Ahmad, vol. 5 pg. 272)
The Hadith in question is suitable to quote. Imam Ibn Hibban (rahimahullah) has declared a similar Hadith authentic. See here.
Also see: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 5645, vol. 10 pg. 109)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar