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Again? I Can’t Take All This Fitnah!!

Shaykh Abū Ḥakīm

Should a person become perplexed by fitnah or expect trials and be resolute? Also, a discussion on the reality that most fitan (trials) are not realised by the people until the tail-end of their exposure.

Fitan (trials) may appear to be a sudden occurrence, but have actually been something that was brewing for some time, something that the scholars may have been addressing behind close doors.

Secondly, many fall into emotional judgements, “not again”, “I can’t take this anymore” or other analyses devoid of knowledge or patience. The speaker explains that fitnah (trials) will come, wave upon wave, and to seek a utopian existence where no trials occur is to misunderstand the principles of the Salafī methodology, the qawāʿid (principles) are not rooted.

Lastly, he clarifies the need for knowledge, patience and forbearance in times of fitnah, explaining the characteristics of the patient astute Salafī versus the mustʿajil (hasty) reckless people who contain the lethal combination of ignorance and arrogance, taking to their blogs and other ranting platforms, increasing themselves in ignorance and harming others.

The benefit is excerpted from the lecture entitled: Ḥidāyah (Guidance) and Its Fruits, from the 2018 Summer Seminar: The Methodology of the Salaf in Times of Fitnah.

Published: September 18, 2018
Edited: September 8, 2022


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