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Hadith on asking for 'afiyah (protection)

Question

I would appreciate if you could provide the narration and reference where Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) advised Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) to ask for ‘aafiyah (protection and safety):

O Siddiq, keep asking for well-being and forgiveness

Answer

Sayyiduna Abu bakr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) once stood up on the mimbar (pulpit) and cried. He then said that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) also stood on the mimbar the first year after hijrah , cried and said:

Ask Allah for forgiveness and protection (‘afiyah), for verily after Iman, none is given anything better than ‘afiyah.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3558)

Imam Tirmidhi has declared the above hadith as sound (hasan).

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar