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The Duty of The Muslim at The Time of Trials (Fitnah)

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The Duty of The Muslim at The Time of Trials (Fitnah) 

 

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Abu-Huryrah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated from the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): [start working for the good deeds before trials come like dark parts of the night. The man wakes up as a believer and sleeps as a non-believer, or he sleeps as a believer and wakes up as a non-believer. He sells his religion for the sake of this life] Al-Nawawy explained that this is a call to start working for good deeds before these trials come, which will occupy people and keep them from doing the good deeds. The Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) described one of these trials in the Hadith, which is the changing state of the Human being during the same day from a believer to a non-believer. This is due to the greatness of the trials at that time.

In the Sahihain, Hudhyfah Ibn Al-Yaman (may Allah be please with him) narrated: people used to ask the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) about the good and I used to ask him about the evil, because I feared that it might come to me. So I said: O’ Messenger of Allah, we used to be in the time of ignorance and evilness and Allah has blessed us with this goodness, so is there a time of evil after this goodness? He said: Yes. I asked: after that evilness is there goodness? He replied: Yes, and during that time there is corruption. I said: what is that corruption? He said: people who will misguide others without my guidance. You get knowledge from them and you deny it. I asked: is there evilness after that goodness? He said: Yes. Callers to the gates of Hellfire, whoever answers them is thrown into the fire by them. I said: O’ Messenger of Allah describe them to us. He said: they are from our flesh (from us) and they speak our tongue (language). I said: so what do you order me to do if that time catches me? He said: stick to the group of the Muslims and their leader (Imam). I said: and if they do not have a group or an Imam? He said: leave all the other groups even if you have to bite a tree trunk and hold on to it until you die in that state (to be alone)]

This emphasises the importance of following the group of the believers and their leader.

At-Tabary explained that if there is no leader for the believers and people were separated into parties, no one should be followed and everyone should keep oneself to oneself for fear of falling into evilness.

Therefore, the duty of the Muslim at the time of trials is to be alone and keep away from evilness. Only a scholar would know the trial as Shykhul-Islam said in his book (The Method of the Prophetic Sunnah): (The evil of trials is only known if you look at them from behind. If you face the trials from the front, they would be beautified and it is thought that it contains goodness. If people taste its evilness, sourness and ordeal, that becomes a deterrent from going back to it).

Safety and salvation from the trial (Fitnah) is done by avoiding it and leaving it and not getting involved in it. The Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) guided people by saying:[The safety of the man in the trial lies in staying at home]. Ad-Dylami related in his Musnad (Al-Firdaws) from the narration of Abu Musa Al-Asha’ary from the mother of Mailk (Al-Bahziah) she said: The Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:[the best of people at the time of trials is a man who is alone in his money. He worships his Lord and pays his duties and a man who is holding the head of his horse for the sake of Allah, he scares them and they scare him] (corrected by Al-Albani).

Abu-Dhar (may Allah be pleased with him) said:[The Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as me: what would you do O’Abu-Dhar when death hits people until the house becomes the servant (he meant the grave)? I said: Whatever Allah and His Messenger choose for me, or he said: Allah and His Messenger know best. The Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: you persevere (be patient). He then asked me: what would you do when starvation hits people until you come to the mosque and become unable to go back to your bed and you cannot get out of your bed to come to the mosque? I said: Allah and His Messenger know best. The Messenger of Allah replied: keep to righteousness. He then asked me: what would you do when people are being killed until stones sink in blood? I said: Whatever Allah and His Messenger choose for me. He said: the truth of what you come from. I said: O’ Messenger of Allah, shouldn’t I take my sword and hit the one who did that? He said: therefore, you took part in the evil, but enter your house. I said: O’ Messenger of Allah, if my house is violated? He said: if you fear that the light shining from the sword would dazzle you, then cover your face with a piece of your clothes and the killer will take your sin and his sin and he becomes from the people of the Hellfire] (Related by Ahmed, Abu-Dawood, Ibn-Majah and others and corrected by Al-Albani).

Abu-Musa Al-Ashary (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:[near the time of the Hour, there are trials like the dark parts of the night. The man wakes up as a believer and sleeps as a non-believer. He sleeps as a believer and wakes up as a non-believer. The one sitting down is better than the one standing up and the one walking is better than the one brisk-walking. Break your bows and cut the strings and hit your swords with the stones. If your house is violated (by entering), be like the better son of the 2 sons of Adam] (related by Ahmed and Abu-Dawood and was corrected by Al-Albani).          

This is how the companions of the Prophet behaved at the time of trials as was narrated by Muhammad Ibn Sireen. He said: [the trials (infightings) started while there were 10,000 of the companions of the Messenger (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and not 100 were present, actually they did not even reach 30] (related by Abu-Bakr Al-Khallal).

 Mutrif Ibn Abdullah Ibn Ashakhir said:[I stayed at the time of the trial of Az-Zubayr for 9 or 7 (days) I was not told any news and I did not ask for any news]

We ask Allah (The Sacred and The Mighty) to protect us from the trials and to prevent the bloodshed of the Muslims everywhere. And Indeed Allah knows best

 

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 July 2011 22:27 )