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“Beware of the Fitnah of Women” by Shaykh Salih al-Uthaymin—may Allah bestow his mercy upon him

“Beware of the Fitnah of Women” by Shaykh Salih al-Uthaymin—may Allah bestow his mercy upon him

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“Beware of the Fitnah of Women” by Shaykh Salih al-Uthaymin—may Allah bestow his mercy upon him
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Beware of the
Fitnah
of Women
From the Noble Scholar of Isl
ā
m,Mu
ammad ibn
Ṣā
li
al-‘Uthaym
 ī
n
Prepared for English translationby Ab
ū
al-
asan M
ā
lik
Ā
dam al-Akh
ar
 
Beware of the
Fitnah
of Women
1
From the Noble Scholar of Isl
ā
m,Mu
ammad ibn
Ṣā
li
al-‘Uthaym
 ī
nVerily, all Praises are for All
ā
h, we praise Him, beseech His Help and seek His Forgiveness,and we seek refuge in All
ā
h from the evil of ourselves and the wrongdoing of our actions. Whomsoever All
ā
h guides, there is no one to misguide him; and whomsoever He hasmisguided, there is no one to guide him. I testify that none has the right to be worshippedbesides All
ā
h, and I testify that Mu
ammad
 
is His servant, Messenger, truthful conveyer of His Revelation and His friend. May the Peace and Blessings be upon him, his family andcompanions.To proceed:All
ā
h says in His Book:
“And fear the
Fitnah
(affliction and trial, etc.) which affects not inparticular (only) those of you who do wrong (but it may afflict allthe good and the bad people), and know that All
ā
h is Severe inpunishment.”
[
al-Anf 
ā 
8:25]The
Fitnah
that All
ā
h has warned against is the spread of sin and wrongdoing, until neithergood is commanded nor evil prohibited, and this, praise be to All
ā
h, is all but absent from ournation for the most part; however, in certain instances, this can be found. O Muslims! Verily,from the
Fitnah
that some of the people have fallen into, which is not feared for them alone,
Beware of the
Fitnah
of Women
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ā 
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ā
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1
This is taken from a transcription of a sermon found on the Shaykh’s o
cial website. Refer to the followinglink: http://www.ibnothaimeen.com/all/khotab/article_597.shtml
 
rather, for them as well as others, is the
Fitnah
of the women of which All
ā
h’s Messenger
 
said: “I have not left a
Fitnah
more harmful on the men of my
Ummah
than the women.”
2
Indeed this is a trial that some of the lowly people have fallen into until becoming totallyconsumed with [satisfying] their base desires, and being blinded in both their sight anddiscernment; so their sight has been blotted out leaving them chasing after women in thestreets and markets, flirting and whispering, and perhaps even touching; they bump andgrope blindly, as if they cannot even see those around them, or as if those around them areanimals instead of humans; this is because they are submersed in lusts, heedless of morals,unfearful of All
ā
h, having no shyness and having little, if any, religion; having no concern forothers or the sanctity of the Muslims. O Muslims! O countrymen! O you who believe inAll
ā
h and His Messenger
! Indeed it is incumbent upon us, as we are a Muslim nation, toreject these actions from these individuals. It is upon us to reject these actions, because theycontradict the characteristics of those who believe in All
ā
h and the Last Day. It is upon us to
Beware of the
Fitnah
of Women
al-Ra
m
ā 
niyyah
Publishing
3
2
This had
 ī
th is collected by al-Bukhar
 ī
in his
al-
a
ḥīḥ
(no. 4808) and Muslim in his
al-
a
ḥīḥ
 
(no. 4901) both onthe authority of Us
ā
mah ibn Zayd.In his explication of the “Book of Repentance” from al-Nawaw
 ī
’s
Riy
āḍ 
al-
al 
ī 
h
ī 
n
(p. 69), al-‘All
ā
mahal-‘Uthaym
 ī
n says regarding this narration: “And due to this, our advesaries, the advesaries of Isl
ā
m, rather, theadversaries of All
ā
h and His Messenger
from the Jews, Christians, polytheists, Communists and theirfollowers are bent upon trialling the Muslims with women, calling to their beautification and the free mixing of the sexes; inviting to the corruption of morals, calling to this with their pens, tongues and works—and refuge issought with All
ā
h—because they are aware that this great trial of the women causes a man to forget his Lordand Religion. Those women who are a trial upon the people of intellect as the Messenger of All
ā
h
 
stated, “Ihave not seen anyone as deficient in intellect and religion as you [women], more able to lead a wise, prudentman astray.” Are you in need of anything clearer than this? [They are] able to lead a wise, prudent man astray!So imagine the ignominious one who has no prudence, resolve, religion or manhood. It is much more severe,and refuge is sought with All
ā
h.This profound statement of al-‘All
ā
mah al-‘Uthaym
 ī
n can be seen manifest in what al-
Ḥā
al-Dhahab
 ī
 mentions in his work
Siyar ‘Al 
ā 
m al-Nubal 
ā 
(4/214) in the biography of the narrator ‘Imr
ā
n ibn Hi
ṭṭā
n: “On theauthority of Mu
ammad ibn Sir
 ī
n: ‘He (i.e. ‘Imr
ā
n) married a woman from the Kh
ā
rijites. He said, ‘I will bringher [to the
Sunnah
].’ Instead, she diverted him to her methodology. And al-Mad
ā
’in
 ī
said, ‘She was a woman of beauty, while he was an unattractive person. So, one day she marveled him saying, ‘You and I are in paradise.You were given, and you were thankful. You were tested, and you were patient.’”There are numerous narrations from the
Salaf 
which demonstrate the great fear they held for this
Fitnah
. al-
Ḥā
al-Dhahab
 ī
also mentions in
Siyar ‘Al 
ā 
m al-Nubal 
ā 
(5/88) in the biography of ‘At
ā
ibn Rab
āḥ
where ‘At
ā
 says, “If you were to place me in charge
Bayt al-M 
ā 
, I would be trustworthy; however, I do not trust myself with a dark-skinned woman.’ I say (i.e. al-Dhahab
 ī
): He has spoken truthfully. May All
ā
h bestow his mercyupon him.”al-Dhahab
 ī
also mentions in the biography of the leader of the
Tabi’ 
 ī
n
, Sa’
 ī
d ibn Musayyib (4/241), who at 84 years of age, blind in one eye and losing sight in the other said: ‘I do not fear for myself anything more than myfear of women. The people replied, ‘O Ab
ū
Mu
ammad! Indeed a man like you has no need for women.’ Hereplied, ‘The matter is as I have said to you.’”

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