Part 1 My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, one of the very few lands that our Prophet mentioned

in numerous traditions, and in fact even before him, Allāh reference in the Qur'ān is the land of Shām, which is now the land of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Filistīne. This land clearly our tradition, our religion has emphasized it like no other land after the land of Ḥijāz. There is no question that Makkah and Madīnah, the land of Ḥijāz, is the most sacred land on earth, but after the Ḥijāz comes the land of Syria. Allāh Himself praises it in the Qur'ān in the beginning of Sūrat'l-Isrā' when He says, says that masjid'lhas has mentioned by

“masjid'l-Aqṣa, the land that We have blessed around it.” Allāh Allāh

Aqṣais holy, and not just the masjid but the land around the masjid is holy. Therefore is saying in the Qur'ān that the land of Shām is indeed a blessed land. That is because is the region of Shām is more than what we now call Syria. The region of Shām includes what we now call Syria and also what is now Lebanon and the Occupied Territories of Filistīne – all of this is included in the classical Islamic term for Shām. Our Prophet said in a famous ḥadīth in Ṣaḥīḥ Bukhāri, “O Allāh bless is in our Madīnah made this du'ā', Shām was not under Islamic and in the measurements of our city, and bless us in our Shām.” What is amazing about this ḥadīth is that when the Prophet control. Shām was the land of Christians. Shām was the right arm of the Byzantine Empire. Shām was the jewel and the crown of the Roman Empire, yet the Prophet said, “Bless us in our Shām.” One of the people from another land said, “Ask Allāh to bless us in our Iraq and other lands as well,” and the Prophet repeated for a second time, “Bless us in our Shām.” He asked for a second time. For the third time, he still did not respond to that request as if it was never asked, and he restricted the barakah (blessings) to the land of Ḥijāz and the land of Shām. This clearly shows us that the status of Shām is something that we as Muslims need to believe in. In fact, in a ḥadīth in the Musnad of imām Aḥmad, our Prophet said, “Count six things before the Day of Judgment…” It is a long ḥadīth and we don't have time for all of it. “The first of these is my death. The second one: conquering Bayt'l-Maqdis.” Our Prophet Prophet predicted the conquering of Bayt'l-Maqdis even before it was conquered. Our told the Muslims that Bayt'l-Maqdis and Shām would be ours. It was not

conquered in his lifetime, yet he said this would be something that would happen right after his death, which is exactly what we find in the books of history as well.

authentically. “If I knew you would live forever. but eventually you need to move on. the famous companion 'Abdullāh b.In another ḥadīth. clearly upon the truth. The Prophet saying. “Ya Rasūlullāh. attaining help from Allāh. In one ḥadīth. “They are in the land of Shām and the is in him.” What does this mean? It means that “not only will Shām be my ummah” – Allāh has guaranteed the people of Shām will be from his ummah and it has been the case for the last 14 centuries and more that the land of Shām has been the land of Islam. but I know your time is limited. the Prophet said he saw a light emanating from Shām. The face of 'Abdullāh b. rightly guided Muslims and at the stalwart and vanguard of Islam and the people of Islam.” This is an authentic ḥadīth that Allāh told the angels to place a beam of light signifying guidance and righteousness in the land of Shām. I would be with you. “Before my mother gave birth to me. The Prophet Shām. He wanted to go somewhere else. Ibn Taymiyyah and others have derived that there shall always be a group of rightly guided Muslims – not just Muslims but rightly guided Muslims and Muslims at the vanguard and Muslims who are blessed to be a upon the . and explicitly mentioned in a number of aḥadīth. surrounding land of Shām. if I knew you would live forever.” He was asked. Hawālah changed because he didn't want to go to Shām. I want to stay with you. In another ḥadīth in the Musnad of imām Ahmed. Allāh has guaranteed me the people of my ummah rightly guided. Where should I go?” Look firstly at the īmān of thisṣaḥābi. “I saw the angels carry a beam of light.” Look at the īmān of this ṣaḥābi. my mother saw a light come from her that enlightened the palaces of Sham” as if the message of Islam is coming from Makkah and Madīnah and its primary target is going to be the land of Sham. and they placed it in arḍ'l-Shām. the Prophet said. “Allāh has guaranteed me ahl'l-Shām. This is something specifically. it was a time saw this when Shām was not in Muslim lands.” From this ḥadīth.” Not only that the people of Shām will be Muslims but also that they will be righteous. Ya Rasūlullāh. Of them is the ḥadīth of the Prophet “Where can I find them?” The Prophet in which he said.” Once again. he said. and I want to go forth and preach the message of Islam. “O Messenger of Allāh. I would never leave your side. “There shall always be a group of said. “O the son of Hawālah. but spreading the message of Islam is more important. Indeed our Prophet continued to praise Shām in so many aḥadīth. where do you advise I go?” The Prophet said. “I command you to go to Shām. In anotherḥadīth. so he said again. Hawālah said.

“There will be three major armies in the world fighting each other: an army from Iraq. an army from Yemen. but the mentioned it by name – and in a city in the east of Damascus on the white minaret. The ḥadīth says they will clearly be upon the truth until the commandment of Allāh comes. The ṣaḥābah asked him. and an army from Shām. the Prophet predicted that there will be a treaty between us and al-Rūm (the Roman Empire). clearly the people of Shām have a blessing that hardly any place or area has been referenced with. and we will fight a common enemy. so we should not . Therefore. This is a blessing and Allāh gives it to whomever He pleases. and an army in Shām. Maryam coming down on the white minaret in the city of Damascusin the landof Shām. many of the trials and tribulations are linked to Shām in the prophetic tradition. Most of the scholars have interpreted this to mean on the minaret of the Umayyad mosque that has been built – the first mosque built in Damascus. but clearly a minaret in the city of Damascus. A white minaret. In one ḥadīth. Because of the blessings of Shām. This is one of the signs of Day of Judgment that is going to take place before the Day of Judgment. In this as well is an indication of the blessings and sanctity of arḍ'l-Shām. there was no mosque and there was no minaret in the land of Shām.guidance of Allāh and to be helped by Allāh because the ḥadīth says that Allāh will help them and the naṣr of Allāh is coming upon them. A major catastrophe that is going to take place. And Allāh knows best whether it is that reference. “Ya Rasūlullāh. This is a beautifulḥadīth of us to be aware of in the times we see around us. This is also something that will occur right before the coming of al-Dajjāl. The Prophet also predicted that there would be many trials and tribulations dealing with Shām. The Prophet said there is going to be an army in Iraq.” In another ḥadīth reported in Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim. Maryam will come down to that very land. “Which of these armies do you advise us to be in?” He said. “I command you to be in the army that will be in Shām and with the people of Shām.” This is going to be a major civil war between Muslims. the Prophet said. an army in Yemen. 'Isa b. Of them is the famous tradition of 'Isa b. We should not read into thisḥadīth that it is happening now because most likely this ḥadīth refers to something right before the Day of Judgment. but that always Shām would come out victorious at the end of it. When the Prophet Prophet predicted Jesus Christ shall descend down in the city Damascus – he said this ḥadīth.

it will so happen that they will march against you. “There will come a time when you will have a treaty with the Roman Empire. perfumed. We should not interpret modern events and assume that the Prophet The Prophet is mentioning them. the actual Day of Judgment will not take place on this earth. the land of Shām will be not only the land where Muslims will be present until Jesus Christ comes down – of course even the great Armageddon that Christians and Muslims believe in will take place in the land of Shām. Therefore. and will have died when they smelled this beautiful scent coming from this region of Shām. said. Then there will be a group that are the worst of mankind and like animals they will act and interact. It will be arḍ'l-Shām that 'Isa b. the people of Shām and the land of Shām are being mentioned where the base of the Muslims is going to be. After you fight the common enemy and defeat them. The meaning of mash-ḥar here is the worldly gathering together before the Day of in anything about it in our times. The very last group of believers that will be on this earth before the Day of Judgment will be in theland of Shām.” Once again. . and we seek Allāh's refuge from every seeing that time. the Prophet people of Shām. the Prophet told us that the land of mash-ḥar is the land of told us to be with the Shām. When the trumpet is blown. Then the Prophet said. and at that time. the camp of the Muslims will be in a land [and he mentioned a place in Syria] and what is around it. This is something that is going to happen in the future. therefore. On that mash-ḥar. In yet another ḥadīth.” Maybe 80 countries or 80 nations. This will be the end of the Muslims on earth. Many people misinterpret the mash-ḥar to mean the Day of Judgment. This is not correct because the Day of Judgment's Ḥashr will not be on this earth. so this is a misinterpretation. the believers will not hear it because the wind from Shām will have taken them away. “80 flags will be gathered against you.” This will be right before the trumpet is blown. This is something that will take place right immediately preceding the coming of al-Dajjāl. That will be the generation upon which the trumpet is blown. and if we are alive at that time. When those armies attack. that treaty will be broken. theland of Shām will be the very last land to have Muslims on it right before the end of times. “Under 80 different flags. “There shall be a scented.” After you were together and fighting a common enemy. Allāhu 'ālam. Then they will march against you. beautiful wind coming from Shām that will take the soul of every believer. there will be the camp of the Muslims.

in the khilāfah of Abu Bakr al-Ṣiddiq. The people ofJerusalem refused to surrender until 'Umar b.” Therefore. al-Khaṭṭāb came himself to receive the keys . this was all the land of Shām. the second blessing was to Shām. Bayt'lMaqdis and Jerusalem are in the land of Shām. Madīnah became sacred and holy and it became the second holiest place during the time of the Prophet the time of the Prophet Muḥammad pleases. Then when Allāh him to emigrate to Madīnah.Maryam shall kill his opponent the anti-Christ and those who follow the anti-Christ. and it was the first domino that opened up the entire land of Shām – Damascus and Jerusalem and small principalities followed one after the other. That was the desire of told us about Shām and our Lord has told us of the . That is why in Makkah. Therefore.” He was asked. It is because all of this that the khulafā' al-rāshidūn understood the need to implement theḥadīth of the Prophet in conquering Shām. Abu Bakr al-Ṣiddiq. even if modern countries have divided it into smaller imaginary lines. it was Abu Bakr who laid the seeds for the Battle of Yarmūk. “Bayt'l-Maqdis. “The first house built on earth was in Makkah. Therefore all of this has been predicted in our tradition. “What was the time between them?” The Prophet the Prophet said.” Then he was asked the second. After Allāh blessed Makkah. there was only one battle that he was interested in outside of the Arabian peninsula and that was to send an army to Shām. even though in his lifetime he never engaged in conquest outside of the Arabian peninsula and was busy with the wars of Riddah. unlike Makkah. Remember Bayt'l-Maqdis is in Shām. Don't be confused by modern nation states. so in the very first days of the khilāfah of 'Umar was when the battle became a success. so he answered directly from the Qur'ān. Madīnah became holy in . Abu Bakr died in the middle of the battle in Madīnah. This is the plan of Allāh that He does as He blessings of Shām. would pray facing Shām and Bayt'l-Maqdis. and he said. Therefore. It was Abu Bakr al-Ṣiddiq who sent the army out barely a year and a half after the death of the Prophet the Muslims that the Prophet . Makkah was holy from the time of Ibrahim. he sent together the army to come to Yarmūk and begin the conquest of Shām. In classical time. even though the victory came in the first days of the khilāfah of 'Umar. The land of Shām has been blessed from the very beginning. The Battle of Yarmūk.Bayt'lcaused Maqdis is the second holiest land up until the coming of Madīnah. Our Prophet was asked. Bayt'l-Maqdis was holy from the time of Ya'qūb. “Forty years. “What was the first house built on earth?” Allāh says it in the Qur'ān.

000 have been killed in the last year of all the uprisings. Therefore. the first thing he did was revive Bayt'l-Maqdis and he built a masjid at Bayt'l-Maqdis because the Christians had desecrated the Jewish temple and made it into a trash joint and desecrated the sanctity of the Jewish temple because they didn't want to have honor there. So many are the scholars who are linked with Damascusand with bilād'l-Shām. and children – being massacred helplessly. We don't care of the other nations and races as much as we care of Allāh. Therefore. We can go on and on and on. 'Umar did not do this for any other city. my dear brothers and the city. and when we see the situation and tyranny and the bloodshed and civilians and innocent Muslims – men. That was why as soon as Jerusalem was opened up. Our ummah and our history is replete with luminaries who came from bilād'l-Shām. This is a land that has been blessed like no other land after the Ḥijāz. You all know the famous story that just him and his servant on their donkey. Historically. and Allāh has said this is a holy land. It has always been a repository of scholars and of authentic luminaries of academic Islam. but especially in this . but Allāh had honored it. when we see what is happening today in this very land that Allāh has praised and His Messenger has praised. We've had great people like Shaykh'l-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah and before that imām al-Awza'i and Ibn Qudāmah and Ibn Kathīr and Ibn al-Qayyim. not because of the people of Jerusalem but because Allāh has blessed Jerusalem. then the very least that we should do is think about this land and our relationship with this land and what does Allāh 'azza wa jall and His Messenger require of us and what can we do as Muslims to help our fellow Muslims not just in this land but around the Muslim world. in light of all of this. taking turns to get to Bayt'l-Maqdis and Jerusalem. so the first thing 'Umar did was build a mosque at Bayt'l-Maqdis to honor this blessing of Shām and to honor the commandment of Allāh and to show theSunnah of the Prophet when he prayed at that very spot in Bayt'l-Maqdis. Shām has always a bastion of knowledge. but who can refuse to come to Jerusalem? 'Umar instantaneously took his servant. 'Umar would take off from his khilāfah duties and walk with his servant from Madīnah to Jerusalem to pay respect to that land where our Prophet himself prayed. when we see the particular tragedy unfolding in Syria and learn that over 3. but also because these are Muslims who Allāh 'azza wa jall and His Prophet have mentioned in a very special light. women. and when we see an evil tyrant who loves his power more than he loves his own people and to the extent he is willing to shed the blood of his own people. brothers and sisters. then our heart bleeds not just because these are Muslims.

our Prophet would be many fitan and trials and tribulations. Are you saying there is going to be more bloodshed than even now? For verily last year more than 70.” The companions said.” His students were shocked. I am talking about civil war from within and we killing one another. I am talking about Muslims killing other Muslims.” The Prophet said. and they said. We are talking about wars within our own. Massacre and blood. “Massacre and blood. Abu Musa said. “What is ḥarraj. ya Rasūlullāh. told us that one of the signs of the Day of Judgment would be evil rulers over us. Now in Arabic it means “commotion and chaos. this ḥarraj and this fitnah that we are seeing are but a part of the predications of our Prophet Muḥammad Our Prophet . They won't have an ounce of fear when they are ruling over you. He will lift up the sanity and the people left behind will be the evil people and the people who have no 'aql and no īmān. No human could kill his own .” They are mentioning maybe around the year 50 of the hijrah. They will be speaking your language.” Therefore. In one ḥadīth.” Ḥarraj was not a common word for the Arabs at that time. and this is exactly what we see in the world today.000 people lost their lives. his students said to him. 'al-ḥarraj. “They think they are calling to something good and they have nothing good in them. “Will we still have our sanity? How can we be killing one another?” Abu Musa al-Ashar'i said. this ḥadīth is saying the Day of Judgment will not happen until there is a lot of bloodshed. predicted that there Realize. “Indeed Allāh will take the sanity from many people. Some say it is an Ethiopian word. These will be the people who will be doing this slaughter.” In one version. They are from your own. The Day of Judgment will not come forth until you will see many massacres and much bloodshed.blessed land which our Prophet has praised and Allāh 'azza wa jall has blessed.” Wallāhi. and of those trials and tribulations.” This is what ḥarraj is. al ḥarraj. many said. an ounce of humanity would not allow for what we are seeing today. “Ya Aba Musa. “They won't have any fear of Allāh. even forget the fear of God. Abu Musa al-Ashar'i narrated in the Ṣaḥīḥ of imām Muslim – when he narrated this ḥadīth. This is what the Prophet is saying. that our Prophet would involve resurrections and blood and warfare. he said. “I am not talking about wars and battles with other lands. He is talking about all the wars in the Muslim worlds and the conquests. brothers and sisters. “The Day of Judgment will not come forth until there will be a lot of ḥarraj. my dear brothers and sisters in Islam.' We are not talking about wars with other nations and defensive and offensive.

No human can take a warplane and bomb it upon a civilian building. Wallāhi. your own cousin. brothers and sisters. brothers and sisters. whoever is disconnected from these news and couldn't care less and is looking at all of the other things and not caring about the plight of the people of Syria. That is exactly what the Prophet said: “The ummah is like one body. It is not possible for a person who believes in Allāh and has a living heart to do this. if this had been your own brother.civilians and his own population. one finger of the whole body is in pain. No human can abduct and kidnap 10-year old kids and torture them to death. your own ethnicity. one area. how would you be able to live? Do you not realize that the blood of Islam is thicker than the blood of actual blood brothers? Do you not realize that the brotherhood of Islam is deeper than the brotherhood of nations and the brotherhood of ethnicity and the brotherhood of race? “Indeed all the believers are brothers. The world will not intervene as they did in Libya and as they did here and there because there is no oil in Syria as there was in Libya. then the whole body will be in pain because they will not be able to sleep. There needs to be genuine pain. It is a sign of īmān to live with your brothers and sleep with your brothers. He needs to see what is the problem with him that he can live a life that is un-phased. Wallāhi. something is hurting in you. It is a sign of īmān that when something is hurting in them. then I say to this person: check your īmān! Check your īmān that how can you go to sleep comfortably in your bed and not . whoever is able to sleep peacefully in the last seven. eight days and last two weeks. If one limb.” The first point: there needs to be an attention.” Therefore. such a Muslim really needs to see his own Islam and check his own īmān. and we have the rules of Islam to play by. brothers and sisters. the question arises: what is to be done in light of this entire situation? First and foremost. yet this is what we see around us. This is not a part of humanity. We should not waiting for NATO and the UN because that is not going to happen. My brothers and sisters in Islam. and the world is silent. the bare minimum is that there needs to be an attachment and a relationship and a pain and suffering in the heart from what is happening. It is a sign of īmān to love for your brothers and feel pain for your brothers. The world politics plays its own rules. Wallāhi. There needs to be a relationship. – allow me to be totally blunt here – the one who can spend the last few weeks enjoying and heedless and ghāfil and disconnected from the reality of Syria is the one whose īmān is nonexistent in the heart. They will be suffering a fever.

an entire land that has been subjugated by this evil tyrant and the people around him. Insha'Allāh today in the ṣalāh we will also do du'ā' al-qunūt for the people of Syria because our Prophet would do a special du'ā' when the Muslim ummah was affected. To be brutally honest. living in terror of these heartless troops that do not have an ounce of īmān and would be willing to kill their own children in front of their eyes. there are at least 20 that are injured. The fourth thing that we should do is to help them out in whatever way possible. living in terror of the bombs falling. we need . many of you are more experts than I am on what can be done politically. This requires the subject of many other khuṭbahs and talks. These are things which you are experts in more than me. dear brothers and sisters. When we look at this. For every one that is killed.000 people. which is called du'ā' alqunūt. is to realize that in all of these tribulations. why is this happening?” This is a common question and theme from the beginning of time until our times. and to boycott certain countries that are supporting these regimes. In this as well is a test of our faith.000 living in terror of being killed.” Even if we don't see it and know it.000-3. so we help each other together and you tell us what can be and realize that “Verily. even if we don't understand it. “Where will the Help of Allāh come?” “O Allāh. in every one of these situations. every righteous nation wonders why this is happening and where is our Lord and where is the Help of our Lord. It is an entire civilization. The second point. It is a test of our own īmān. For every one that is killed. there are at least 10 that have had to flee their lands. there are at least 1. there is a test from Allāh. Realize it is not even just 2. socially. Therefore. these situations of bloodshed and massacres are what people's īmān are shaken by. Realize that for every one that is killed. especiallydu'ā' in our sajdahs and du'ā' in the middle of the night. This is always the case. The least that we can do is that when we make du'ā. There is a wisdom. we make du'ā' for those Muslims as well who have been suffering in this manner. the naṣr of Allāh is gharī thinking about hundreds and thousands of people. The third point is that having pain and suffering from their suffering indicates and shows us that have to also make du'ā' for them and raise our hands to pray for them and ask Allāh for their fortitude and their patience and to ask Allāh to accept theirshuhadā' and to comfort their widows and to give sakīnah and raḥmah to those who are living deprived amongst them. we need to renew our īmān and have full faith in Allāh to have that īmān in Allāh. economically.

videos. heedlessness. In some ways it is more difficult. those people will come. and we will be asked about the blessings we had and the money and wealth and what did we do. brothers and sisters. in the media. Brothers and sisters. There is some pressure that is exerted. and it is the test of māl.000 people in the city of Hama in 1982. Tell us what can be done as a community and what we should be doing economically. but definitely not least. The fifth point is that when we see what is happening in Syria. no doubt that is a test that is easier in this world. If He is testing them with deprivation and with death and bloodshed. No doubt in this world anybody would prefer this test over that one. and in many ways. Our test is the exact opposite. the presence of reporters and all of this public pressure that was not possible to have in 1982 inHama. It is at these times . but there is some benefit in there. This is something we all help one another out in. This shows us that this type of pressure might have some effect. and materialism almost every one of us is immersed in head over heels and to rediscover our religion and have a relationship with Allāh and to be regular in our prayers and our charity. socially. The possibility of immersing our self in our luxuries and materialism and cutting off our relationship with the ummah. is to wake up from the ghaflah. Surely there is so much that can be done on the physical level apart from the spiritual level. money. Do you realize why this tyrant cannot do as blatant ẓulm as his father did? It is because of the internet. and their ḥasanāt inshā'Allāh are like the mountains. In some cities. got so embarrassed that it had to send its foreign minister to see it could resolve the issue with Bashar. it is easier. Brothers and sisters in Islam. – of course the khuṭbah precludes longer talk – we need to have tawakkul (trust) in Allāh and think the best thoughts of Allāh. who vetoed the bill.done. Perhaps for the next it might be more difficult. do not trivialize these types of things. The least we can do. we should realize that Allāh is testing us in different ways. pleasures. and the test of this dunya. You all know that this evil tyrant's father was a worse tyrant than him and that he massacred some say up to 30-40. You are more experts than I am. Last. Even Russia. there is no question to hold demonstrations in front of embassies in order to draw the public attention. Do not trivialize any good that we can do. but in the next world. I understand that petitioning and standing in front of embassies doesn't seem like the best. The opposite of that is the possibility of oblivion and the possibility of coarseness of heart. but perhaps in the next it might be more difficult. then He is testing us with the opposite.

Tyrants that I speak as personally not having known any other tyrants in those regions. . dare I say. where will you find respect anywhere else? This is just the beginning. Because I trust in Allāh and because we all trust in Allāh. This is the time when we as Muslims need to show the world that no matter what happens. the first thing that He does is removes the love and respect that his people have for him. one after the other. this is exactly what we believe in and have yaqīn in and this is our thinking the best of Allāh. SubḥānAllāh. it is this last year that we have seen the fall of multiple tyrants. My entire life has been with these tyrants in the Arab world. we never lose faith in our religion and in the God that we believe in. brothers and sisters. Who is there of sound īmān and. This is the last in the stack. How can we lose hope in Allāh when we have seen what happened in the last year? How can we lost hope in Allāh when we saw how Allāh humiliated the tyrants of other lands? Shaykh'l-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said. that this is a major trial afflicting not just the people of Syria but the Muslim ummah because it is Syria and because they are our Muslim brothers and sisters in Syria. and we willinshā'Allāh see the fall of this tyrant and the end of this regime – not because I'm predicting'ilm'l-ghayb but because Allāh has told us that ẓulm cannot last on earth and Allāh has told us that the du'ā' of the oppressed will be responded to. They have been on earth so long. this is the sign that Allāh will humiliate that ruler. yet we saw all of them fall like a stack of dominoes. brothers and sisters. In fact. I don't remember the tyrants before them. then we also trust that this person who is causing this ẓulm and causing this persecution the likes of which we have hardly ever seen.that people think bad things about their Lord. until finally the last one is left. Part 2 There is no question. this person's end is near. “When Allāh wants to punish a ruler. Realize that in every trial and in every fitnah there is also Allāh's raḥmah and mercy. Allāh has told us that He will help the masākīn. When your own people have already lost all respect and 'izzah for you. of sound 'aqlwho loves this person Bashar al-Assad? His own people curse him with the most vile and vulgar and filthy curses. When a people hate their own ruler and curse their own ruler and despise their own ruler. people think evil thoughts of their religion and God. This is what we hope and pray. When trials come forth and tribulations are present.

massacres. I cannot bear it. and fitan. you don't have a reason to leave morality. so the Prophet said. but this is what life will be like. If everybody else is being evil. this ummah will suffer some punishments in this world. Therefore. 'This is the one that will cause me to be destroyed!'” This will not destroy him because Allāh will give him īmān and a way of out of the fitnah. rather.” Don't let fitnahs cause you to treat others in an evil manner. but when it happens. Every time a fitnah comes. chaos. we never lose track of our own principles. the people will say. it doesn't give you the right to be evil. my ummah will be punished in this world by murder. even if they have left all morality. and most importantly. “My ummah is a nation that has been blessed because there is no punishment for my ummah in the ākhirah. let death come when his īmān in Allāh is firm…” Don't let your īmānwaver. We realize that there is a wisdom in them as well. earthquakes. To be saved from that punishment. chaotic times. Thisfitnah will cause me to be destroyed.Our Prophet said. During times of fitnah. realize that the purpose of a fitnah and the meaning of the word fitnah is to examine and purify in order to cleanse and clean. we shouldn't lose our plot.” That is the worst punishment. This is a beautiful ḥadīth that reminds us that even if the people around you are barbarians. “There shall be fitnahs that come upon you one after the other. Don't be ashamed to be Muslim. If the whole world gets lost and if the whole world loses the plot.” The punishment in this world is a million times easier. Realize that our Prophet said as well. our ethics and morality don't change. There shall be trials and tribulations that will come one after the other. “…let him do unto other people what he would want to be seen done unto him. So no matter what happens on earth. Last but not least.' Then Allāh will lift the fitnah up. This is what fitnah means in the Arabic . and another fitnah will come. The Prophet said that Allāh will punish other nations in the ākhirah. Let him do unto others like he would like others to do unto himself. Don't hide your īmān when fitnahs come. Be a proud Muslim. we are a people who worship Allāh 'azza wa jall. 'It's too much for us. Every successive generation and every successive time looks to be worse than the one before it. we take consolation in these aḥadīth. “Whoever wishes that death comes to him in a good state. even in this there is some consolation for us even though we don't want massacres and bloodshed and we ask Allāh to lift it. We shouldn't lose our ethics and manners because we are a people of Islam and a people of a Book and a people of a Prophet. Of these punishments is massacres and bloodshed. but “my ummah is a blessed ummah because there is no punishment in theākhirah. The mu'min will say.

This is a fitnahthat everyone's īmān will be shown and demonstrated. but it is also a major fitnah for us in our own way and in our own manner. Allāh says. It is much more of a fitnah for them. the one who causes fitnahbecause the goldsmith takes raw gold from the sand and throws it into the furnace and causes fitnah to this raw ore to separate the pure gold from the soil and sand. Fitnah will separate the diamonds from the charcoal. “Did mankind think that We would leave them alone untested without fitnahs? Indeed We tested the people before with fitnahs so that Allāh will see those who are telling the truth when they say they are believers versus those who are telling lies. Fitnah will separate the gold from everything around it. will see who amongst us is telling the truth when we say we are believers versus those amongst us who . brothers and sisters. Therefore.language.” This is indeed a great fitnah and a fitnah with which we are being tested incidentally and afitnah the people of Syria are being tested with directly. Fitnah will separate the gold from the dust. the purpose of the fitnahs is to test who amongst us truly has faith versus those who don't. Allāh are kādhibīnand not telling the truth. That is why the Arabs would call the goldsmith fatān.