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By Abu 'Abdullaah Hasan as-Sumaalee
1. Focusing on the worship of Allaah during times of turmoil is one of the roads to safety. 2. A person only escapes fitnah by the grace and blessing of Allaah. 3. Fleeing from fitnah and worrying about ones own actions. 4. The Companions: Hasan the son of ‘Ali (may Allaah be pleased with him) relinquished his right to the caliphate even though he was worthy of it to protect the believers from fitnah. 5. Those upon the Sunnah are the furthest of the people from differing. 6. Fitnah annihilates those who rush to embrace it. 7. The impermissibility of chasing after the faults of the people in general and the scholars in specific. 8. Sins are a cause of dissension. 9. Insincerity causes individuals to stumble and trip upon their path. 10. Understanding of the religion will allow you walk upon the path to safety. 11. Holding on to the rope of Allaah (The Book and Sunnah) is a shield that protects the believer from fitnah. 12. Unity is a fundamental from the fundamentals of Islam. 13. The importance of returning back to the scholars of the Ummah when fitnah arises. 14. The students of knowledge are the bridge between the scholars and their communities. 15. It is obligatory upon the Muslim to examine information that is spread in the public domain especially at times of fitnah. 16. The Muslim should be patient, forbearing and avoid hastiness in the face of fitnah. 17. It is incumbent upon the believer to be just and fair in both speech and actions. 18. Uncovering those who are responsible for igniting the flame of fitnah. 19. The Devils from amongst the Jinn have a major role to play in trying to incite enmity between the people of faith. 20. Beware of seeking revenge! 21. The love of leadership will break a person’s back. 22. Attempting to reconcile the differences of the parties involved. 23. Not having malice in the heart and speaking the truth is from the best of deeds. 24. Think about the consequences of your speech and actions in this life and how they may affect your Hereafter. 25. Be gentle in all affairs. 26. Have the courage to recognize your mistakes and return to the truth. 27. Clinging firmly to the guidelines and the principles of the divine legislation, at all times. 28. Differentiating between the scholars and those who pretend to be from amongst them. 29. Avoid fruitless argumentation and disputes. 30. Rushing to uproot the source of differing as soon as it appears is from the Prophetic methodology. 31. There is a difference between humiliating your brother and advice. 32. There is a difference between envy and competing in good. 33. Differentiating between differing that is acceptable and differing that is unacceptable. 34. Not involving the common people in matters that they cannot understand or solve.
Our teacher, the noble scholar, al-‘Allaamah Muqbil Ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee (may Allaah have mercy upon him) said: “The only fear we have for our Da’wah is from our own selves.” And it is well-known that the Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) would say during the sermon of need: “We seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our own selves and the evil of our wicked deeds.” These points have been taken, either word for word or through meaning, from the book al-Qawl al-Hasan fee Ma’rifah al-Fitan authored by one of the scholars of the Sunnah, Shaykh Muhammad al-Imaam (may Allaah preserve him). I advise the brothers and sisters to read ‘My Advice to the People of the Sunnah’ by Shaykh Muqbil (may Allaah have mercy upon him) which was translated a few years ago as it is also beneficial. O Allaah, Give us good in this world and good in the Hereafter; and save us from the torment of the Fire. O beloved Muslims, let's get our principles locked down, so that fitnah and confusion do not sway us away from the Scholars and the Sunnah. We ask Allaah to protect the Muslims.
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