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TOPIC: The Position of the Muslim in Times of Fitnah by Shaykh 'Adil Mansoor

The Position of the Muslim in Times of Fitnah by Shaykh 'Adil Mansoor 4 years 10 months ago #35

Bismillah wa -Alhamdulillah wa Salaatu wa Salaam 'alaa Rasulillah 'amma ba'd

As part of our four-day knowledge-based seminar entitled, “Nurturing the Family Upon the Qur’aan and Sunnah” with attending speakers Shaykh Dr. ‘Abdur Rahmaan al-Omaisan (hafidhahullah) and our noble brother Abu Suhailah ‘Umar Quinn (hafidhahullah), Shaykh ‘Adil Mansoor (hafidhahullah) delivered a tele-lecture entitled, “The Position of the Muslim in Times of Fitnah” on Saturday 21st June.

This session was translated LIVE into English by our brother Abu Suhailah ‘Umar Quinn (hafidhahullah).

"And if only the people of the Scripture had believed and warded off evil and had become al-Muttaqoon We would indeed have blotted out their sins and admitted them to Gardens of pleasure.” [Soorah al-Maa'idah 5:65]

Taqwaa is a collective term that includes doing everything Allah and His Messenger ordered and staying away from everything they forbade; doing so for the Sake of Allah and following the way of the Prophet (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam).

• It is mandatory upon every Muslim, male and female to be upon Istiqaamah according to their capability. Allah says in the Qur’aan:

"So keep your duty to Allah and fear Him as much as you can" [Soorah at-Taghabun 64:16]

• Whenever a person finds he has a short coming regarding staying away from the prohibitions or performing what is commanded, then he must hasten to a tremendous obligation, which is to repent and seek forgiveness from Allah.

"And all of you beg Allah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful." [Soorah an-Noor 24:31]

• If you left off the obligations, you must repent by going back to implementing those obligations (that were left off). If you did something Allah has forbidden, it is incumbent upon you to cast that thing to the side. And if someone innovates in the Deen of Allah, it is waajib to abandon that bid'ah as well as the people of bid'ah.

• It is incumbent upon the human being and worshiper of Allah to be cautious of these tremendous fitan - the fitan of doubts, innovation, improper desires, lusts and sins. It is not possible to do this except by taking recourse in Allah, seeking His Assistance and repenting to Him; .and we cannot do this except by learning the Deen.

• The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) warned us from fitan and advised staying as far away from them as possible, and he clarified the dangers of them regarding our dunyaa and aakhirah. He (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Hasten to do good deeds; (there will be) fitnah like a portion of a dark night wherein an individual wakes up as a believer and begins the night as a disbeliever or he begins the night as a believer and wakes up as a disbeliever. He sells his religion for a portion of the dunyaa (this worldly life).”

• The Messenger (sallAllahu 'alayhi wa sallam) clarified the cause for a person falling into tribulation, which is a person prefers the dunyaa over the hereafter.

Allah says: "Nay, you prefer the life of this world; Although the Hereafter is better and more lasting." [Soorah al-A'la 87:16-17]

• Desire for amassing wealth or being greedy and having a lust for status and leadership are all causes of a person altering from one condition to another and going away from As-Siraatal Mustaqeem.

• The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) directed us to the reasons that will lead us to salvation from every fitnah imaginable, which is to hasten to do good deeds before the fitnah comes. And the good deed is every righteous deed that comes in the Qur'aan and Sunnah whether from actions of heart, statements of the tongue or actions of the limbs. The most majestic of them is to worship Allah (alone) and to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet, and following the Prophet himself. Then safeguarding the four pillars of Islaam after the Shahaadatayn, and other than that from the righteous deeds.

• The greatest of righteous deeds that will save a person from fitnah is that he is genuine when performing it and he follows the way of the Salaf. It is knowledge - the safety of beneficial knowledge. Beneficial knowledge has a tremendous effect in saving the people from fitnah. This can be seen in the story of Qaaroon:

"But those who had been given (religious) knowledge said: Woe to you! The Reward of Allah (in the Hereafter) is better for those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and this none shall attain except those who are patient (in following the truth).” [Soorah al-Qasas 28:80]

• They were safe and those who followed them were safe, due to the knowledge they possessed.

• Seeking knowledge is from the most important acts of worship. For this reason, the angels lower their wings being pleased with the one who seeks knowledge. Whoever is in the heavens and on earth, even the fish in the sea, ask for forgiveness for the scholar. So congratulations to the person who seeks knowledge and has a pure intention, and spends their life in spreading beneficial knowledge.

• From the errors that causes someone to not benefit from knowledge even if they are one who seeks it include:

• Weakness in sincerity in seeking knowledge - He seeks it intending the dunyaa - money, status or popularity

• The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: "He who does not acquire knowledge with the sole intention of seeking the Pleasure of Allah but for worldly gain will not smell the fragrance of Jannah on the Day of Resurrection.''

• Being hasty - A person is not to be hasty in seeking knowledge, expecting to gain it quicker than is possible. Likewise, he should not be hasty in conveying statements and information without checking its validity and if it was actually said by the one who said it.

• Also, one does not benefit if he takes knowledge from other than The People of Knowledge and this falls into different categories.

Ahlul bid'ah and those with deviant beliefs - those who claim to have knowledge and are not known to have taken knowledge from the scholars; they put themselves forward and speak without referring to scholars.

• The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) warned: “From the signs of the hour is when knowledge sought from al-asaagheer

• The cure for this is to return to the scholars who are well-known for knowledge and being upon the Sunnah. Not everyone who has a degree of knowledge is suitable to take knowledge from. Taking knowledge from those who are not fit harms the person.

• Likewise, from the barriers to benefiting from knowledge is jealousy and arrogance - a person may be jealous of his brother if he has learnt more than him or if the people look towards him. Or a person may find that he is arrogant and obstinate in accepting advice, and this prevents them from benefiting from the knowledge of Allah.

• Lastly, feigning knowledge and pretending to know more than he does and being amazed with himself - he exalts himself and holds himself in high regard because of something he has done.

• Be serious and adamant in bringing about harmony and mutual love amongst those who are upon same the Manhaj - the Manhaj of being upon the Book and Sunnah upon the understanding of the Salaf-us-Saalih.

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Wa SallAllahu wa Sallama wa Baarak 'alaa Nabiyyinaa Muhammad wa 'alaa 'Alyhi wa Sahbyhi wa Sallam
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