Fitna

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Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “Every ummah was afflicted with a fitna (trial), and the fitna of my ummah is wealth” (Tirmizi).

Abdah bin Abi Lubabah (R.A.) once said: “Shaitaan has declared that no matter how much the son of Adam (A.S.) overpowers me in other aspects, he will not overpower me with regard to his wealth — as to how he will earn it and where he will spend it (i.e. Shaitaan will destroy a person by engaging him in impermissible dealings,  despite his apparent piety in other aspects of life).” The greatest test will come in matters of wealth.

Hazrath Huzaifa (R.A) is reported to have said that among the signs of being afflicted by fitna is that something which one always considered to be haraam is now regarded to be halaal (Hilyatul Awliya, p. 587).

Hazrath Huzaifa (R.A) is also reported to have said: “A time will come when only that person will be saved who will make dua like the dua of a drowning person (ie he will beg Allah Ta’ala with the same sincerity, fervour, desperation and from the depth of his heart like a person who is drowning).”

May Allah Ta’ala save us from every fitna. Aameen.

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