In a narration reported by Imam Muslim, from the way of Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) that:

“… When the Apostle (peace and blessings upon him) migrated to Medina, Tufail son of Amr also migrated there, along with a man from his tribe.

The climate of Medina [was quite harsh and] did not suit that man. That man fell very sick and felt quite uneasy, so he took hold of an iron head of an arrow and cut his finger-joints. The blood streamed forth from his hands, till he died.

Tufail son of Amr (may Allah be pleased with him) saw him in a dream in a good state, but with his hands wrapped.

He (Tufail) said to him: What treatment did your Allah accord to you?

The man replied: Allah forgave me and granted me pardon because of my migration to His messenger (peace and blessings upon him).

So [Tufail] asked: What is this that I see you wrapping up your hands with?

The man replied: I was told: We would not set right that which you damaged yourself.

Al-Tufail narrated this (dream) to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings upon him) upon which he supplicated to Allah, and said:

“O Allah, And even to his hands grant pardon and forgiveness”


[1] Narrated by Imam Muslim in his Sahih under the Chapter of: “Chapter: The evidence that the one who kills himself is not considered a disbeliever”. Translation of narration edited from:

[2] Imam Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) commented on the tradition and said:

“In [this narration] is an evidence to a great principle of Ahl Al-Sunnah that whoever commits suicide or commits any other sin, and dies without a repentance then he is not considered a disbeliever, and hell fire is not affirmed for him, rather he is under the Will [of Allah]. This principle has been clarified and established earlier, and this narration is clarification to the previous narrations that may indicate in its apparent form that one who commits suicide or commits a major sin is destined to everlasting hell.

In this narration is also an affirmation of punishment to some of those who commit sins, since that man was punished in his hands and thus in it is a reply to the Murjiah who claim that sins do not have any effect, and Allah knows best”.

ففيه حجة لقاعدة عظيمة  لأهل السنة أن من قتل نفسه أو ارتكب معصية غيرها ومات من غير توبة فليس بكافر ولا يقطع له بالنار بل هو فى حكم المشيئة وقد تقدم بيان القاعدة وتقريرها وهذا الحديث شرح للاحاديث التى قبله الموهم ظاهرها تخليد قاتل النفس وغيره من أصحاب الكبائر فى النار وفيه اثبات عقوبة بعض أصحاب المعاصى فان هذا عوقب فى يديه ففيه رد على المرجئة القائلين بأن المعاصى لا تضر والله أعلم

[3] Note: Compare my brothers and sisters how the Messenger of Allah reacted when he heard of this man and his situation, and how his first words were to ask Allah to forgive him and his hands, and how we may react when hearing news of some of our brothers and sisters who have died without repenting from some sins or even how we would deal with them during their lives. May Allah guide us to following in the footsteps of His Messenger, in our words and actions.

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فَلَمَّا هَاجَرَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم إِلَى الْمَدِينَةِ هَاجَرَ إِلَيْهِ الطُّفَيْلُ بْنُ عَمْرٍو وَهَاجَرَ مَعَهُ رَجُلٌ مِنْ قَوْمِهِ فَاجْتَوَوُا الْمَدِينَةَ فَمَرِضَ فَجَزِعَ فَأَخَذَ مَشَاقِصَ لَهُ فَقَطَعَ بِهَا بَرَاجِمَهُ فَشَخَبَتْ يَدَاهُ حَتَّى مَاتَ

فَرَآهُ الطُّفَيْلُ بْنُ عَمْرٍو فِي مَنَامِهِ فَرَآهُ وَهَيْئَتُهُ حَسَنَةٌ وَرَآهُ مُغَطِّيًا يَدَيْهِ فَقَالَ لَهُ مَا صَنَعَ بِكَ رَبُّكَ فَقَالَ غَفَرَ لِي بِهِجْرَتِي إِلَى نَبِيِّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَ مَا لِي أَرَاكَ مُغَطِّيًا يَدَيْكَ قَالَ قِيلَ لِي لَنْ نُصْلِحَ مِنْكَ مَا أَفْسَدْتَ ‏.‏ فَقَصَّهَا الطُّفَيْلُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏.‏ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ اللَّهُمَّ وَلِيَدَيْهِ فَاغْفِرْ ‏"‏

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