On Whisperings and Pure Faith
April 22, 2020 § Leave a comment
Abū Hurairah, may Allaah be pleased with him, said, “Some of the Companions of the Prophet ﷺ came and asked him, ‘We find in ourselves something that is too awful for any of us to speak of.’ He said, ‘Do you really find that?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘That is clear faith.’” Muslim, no. 340.
Imām an-Nawawī said, “Meaning, ‘Your regarding talking about this as something great is clear faith, for your deeming it something great and the severity of your fear from it and from saying it, let alone believing it, only comes from someone who has completed faith unquestionably and [someone] from whom doubts and uncertainty have been driven away.
And it is said that its meaning is that Shaitān only whispers to the ones he has given up hope of misleading so he distresses and troubles them with whispers due to his inability to misguide them. So then the meaning of the ḥadīth is: the cause of the whisperings is pure faith or whisperings are the sign of pure faith.”
Al-Minhaj Sharh Sahih Muslim ibn al-Hallaaj, of an-Nawawa, vol. 1, p. 333.