Trials and afflictions are from the wisdom of Allah | Sh. Fawzaan حفظه الله

‏الشيخ د. صالح الفوزان:

‏الله سبحانه وتعالى يُجري الابتلاء والامتحان على الناس، على المؤمنين والمسلمين،

‏ليتميز الصادق من الكاذب،

‏ليتميز المؤمن الحقيقي من المنافق الكاذب،

‏ليتميز الطيب من الخبيث،

‏هذه حكمة الله سبحانه وتعالى

Shaykh Saaleh al Fawzaan said:

Allah the glorified and Most High brings tribulations and tests upon mankind, as well as upon the believers to distinguish the truthful from the liar, the truthful believer from the lying hypocrite, the good from the evil. This is through the wisdom of Allah the glorified and Most High.

‏[شرح حديث إنا كنا في جاهلية وشر صـ9]

Spending on your families | Sh. Uthaymeen رحمه الله

Sh. Ibn ʿUthaymeen Raḥimahullāh said:

“Some people spend on their families what they spend but they don’t grasp that with this spending they get closer to Allāh, and if a poor person comes to them; they hand him a Riyāl and believe with this spending they’re closer to Allāh, HOWEVER the BEST spending is the one for family and it has MORE REWARD, hence when you feed your family then that is the BEST OF ISLĀM.”

● [شرح رياض الصالحين ٤/٣٨٩]

Wiping the face after making du’aa | Sh. Uthaymeen رحمه الله

Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was asked about the ruling on wiping the face with the hands after making du’aa’. He replied: 

Wiping the face with the hands after making du’aa’ is more likely to be not prescribed in Islam, because the ahaadeeth that have been narrated concerning that are da’eef (weak). Shaykh al-Islam (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: They cannot be used as evidence. If we are not certain or we think it most likely that this is not prescribed, then it is better not to do it, because Islamic rulings cannot be proven on the basis of mere conjecture, unless we believe it to be mostly likely to be the case. 

What I think about wiping the face with the hands after du’aa’ is that it is not Sunnah. As is well known, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) prayed for rain during his Friday khutbah and raised his hands, but it is not narrated that he wiped his face with them. Similarly in a number of ahaadeeth it says that the Prophet raised his hands, but there is no proof that he wiped his face. End quote. 

Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 14/question no. 781