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AllpraiseisforAllah.WepraiseHimandseekHishelpandseekHisforgivenessandbelieveinHimandrely
onHim.WeseekrefugewithHimfromtheevilsofoursoulsandfromthevicesofourdeeds.Thereisnoneto Matrimonials
misguidehimwhomHeguidesandthereisnonetoguidehimwhomHeletsgoastray.Webearwitness that Signsand
thereisnogodbutAllahtheOneWhohasnopartner.Wealsobearwitnessthatoursire,andourauthority Prophesies
andourProphetandourMaster,Muhammad(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)isHisservantandHisMessenger. Aska
MayAlmightyAllahhavemercyonhim,hishouseholdandblessandsalutethemallingreatabundance. scholar
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The Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) was commissioned as a Prophet for all peoples of the world till the Day of
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Judgment.TodayIwanttosaysomethingbrieflyaboutsuchathemeoftheteachingsoftheHolyProphet(Sallaho Alaihe
Wassallam)asisverynecessarytodaybutisgenerallyoverlooked.AlmightyAllahsenttheHolyProphet (Sallaho Alaihe Weregularly
Wassallam) to this world as the last of the Prophets (Alaihe Salatu Wassallam), thus finalizing with him (Sallaho Alaihe updatethis
sitesovisit
Wassallam)thechainofProphethood.AnotherdistinctionwhichAllahbestoweduponhim(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)over usfrequently
otherProphets,isthatthelatterProphets(AlaiheSalatuWassallam)weresenttosomeparticularpeopleresidinginaparticular
land in a particular age. Their teachings and preaching wereconfined to territory. For example, Sayyidn'a Moosa (Moses)
(AlaiheSalatuWassallam)senttotheChildrenofIsrael,livinginEgypt,hisprophethoodwaslimitedonlytothiscommunity
and this territory As against this, the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) was sent to the entire world and entire
humanityandforalltimestilltheDayofJudgment.TheHolyQuranbearswitnesstothisfact:

AndWehavenotsentyou(OMuhammad)butasabringerofgoodtidingsandasaWarnertoallmankind..
(34:28)

Thewordsofallmankind'implyallhumanwhereverandinwhateveragetheyareliving.Thisclearlythathisprophethood
wasnotconfinedonlytoArabianPeninsulasnortoanyparticularage.Hisprophethoodencompassedallperiodsandagestill
DayofJudgment.

His teachings and injunctions shall remain valid, effective and in force till Judgment. As already pointed out his (Sallaho
AlaiheWassallam)teachingarenotconfinedtoanyparticularageandapplytoeverywalkoflife.Theseteachingsconsistof
twoaspects:

1. prescribestherulesoftheShari'ahconcerninglawful,unlawful,desirable,permissible,andotheraspect.

2. predicts the events which will confront the Ummah in the times to come, and how the Ummah should tackle these
events.

Predictionaboutfutureevents:

ThissecondaspectisalsoaveryimportantpartoftheteachingsoftheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)inwhich,
peeping into the future through the light of his Prophethood, he (SallahoAlaiheWassallam) has informed his Ummah (all
humanbeingincludinghisfollowers)ofmanyfutureeventsandthewayshowthemembersofhisUmmahshouldtacklethese
events, so as to remain on the right path of Deen. Today I want to say something on this second aspect of the Prophet's
teachings.
AnxietyforthesalvationoftheUmmah:

The Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) always remained concerned about the good of his Ummah. It occurs in a
narrative:

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)alwaysremaineddrowneddeepinsomeworry,grief.

Whatwasthecauseofthisanxietyandgrief?itwasindeednotaboutcollectingworldlyresources,noraboutimprovinghis
ownhonorandstatusamonghiscommunity.ThegriefunderwhichhewaspiningwasabouthowtosavefromHellFirethe
peopletowhomhehadbeensenthowtodivertthemfromthepathoferrorandtoguidethemtothestraightpathofright
guidance. Finding HisProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam) drowned in such grief Allah has frequently revealed verses to
advisetheProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)togiveupsuchpiningandfretting.Thus,Allahhassaid:

Itmaybethatyouwilltormentyoursoulthattheydonotbecomebelievers.(18:6)

ThisverseindicateshowconcernedtheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)wasabouttherightguidanceofhisUmmah
ontothepathofEeman(Faith).He(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)isreportedtohavesaidinaHadith(hissayingoraction):

Myexampleislikethatmanwhokindlesfiresandseeingthefire,themothsbegintofallontheflames.The
mantriestokeepthemothsawayfromtheflamestosavethemfrombeingburntintheflames.Inthesame
wayIam(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)tryingtosaveyoufromHellFirebyholdingyoubackbyyourwaists,
butyouarerushingintotheFire.

SoconcerneddidtheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)feelabouttherightguidanceofhisUmmah,includingalso
thosewhowereyettocometotheworld!

WhatTrialsandTribulationsareexpectedtobreakoutinthefuture?:

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)has,therefore,informedthefuturegenerationsoftheeventsthatshalloccurin
theirtimes.AccordinglyallbooksofAhadithcontainpermanentchaptersonTrials.IntheChaptersallsuchAhadithhave
been collated in which the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) has informed of, and warned the people against, the
tribulationsexpectedtooccurinthefuture.TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)hassaidinaHadith:

Inthefuturetrialswillfalldownintoyourhouseslikethefallingdownofthedropsofrainwater.

Thesetrialshavebeencomparedtothedropsofrainwaterbecausethetrialswillfalldownonyourhousesinanunbroken
successiononeafteranother.

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)hassaidinanotherHadith:

Verysoontrialsandtribulationswillappearwhichwillbelikedarknights.

Inotherwords,justasamanisnotabletofindhiswayindarknightsinthesamewayduringtheseblindingtrialspeoplewill
notknowwhattodoandwheretogoThosetrialswillencompasstheentiresociety,leavingnoplaceofshelterforthepeople.
TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)alsotaughtthepeopleasupplicationtofindrefugewithAllahfromthesetrials:

OAllah,weseekrefugewithYoufromtheseapparentorhiddentrials.Thissupplicationwasincludedinthe
Prophet'sdailyroutine.

WhatisaTrial?:

Weshouldnow try to understand the meaning of (Trial). we should also try to find out the teachings of the Holy Prophet
(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)forallofustoobeyinordertoremainsafefromtheharmsofthesetrials.Wearenotawareof
therealimplicationsofthisterm,althoughwe use it from morning till evening.This word has also been used in the Holy
Qur'anmanytimes.IthasbeenmentionedintheHolyQur'anatoneplacemeaningthat:

"...Thecreationofatrialismoregrievoussinthanmurder...."

ThemeaningofTrial:

Theword(fitnaorfitnah)isanArabicwordthedictionarymeaningofwhichistofindoutthepurityorimpurityofprecious
metalslikegoldorsilverbymeltingitonfire.Meltingthemetalonfiredisclosesthereality.Forthesamereason,itisalso
used to mean testing and examining something. Thus, a second meaning of this word is "trial". When hardships and
misfortunesdescendonamanhisrealworthandcharacteraretestedbyhisconductandbehaviorunderthesetryingsituations.
Itisobservedwhetherhebearsthesetryinghours,dayswithpatiencemakesafussandraiseshuesandcries.thistestingisalso
called(Trial).

Theword(Trial)asusedintheAhadith:
Theword(Trial)hasbeenusedintheAhadithtoexpressasituationatanytime.Whenthetruthisobscureanditbecomesvery
difficulttodistinguishbetweengoodandbad,rightandwrongandtruthandfalsehood.Whensuchasituationarises,itissaid
thatitisatimeoftrial.Itisalsoatimeoftrialwhensins,crimesanddisobediencebecomerampant.Inthesameway to
regardfalsehoodastruthandtruthasfalsehoodandtoputforwardsomethingasaproofwhichisnotprooftheseareformsof
(Trial).Forexample,ifyoutellapersonthatsuchanactisunlawfulandstrictlyprohibited,theperson shall reply that the
entiresociety,thewholeworldincludingSaudiArabiaisdoingthisact.Inourtimesithasbecomeacommonpracticethat
whenanobjectionisraisedtoanyact,thedoeratoncerepliesthathehasseenthesameactbeingdoneintheSaudiArabia.
Thisisalsoa(trial)toputforwardsomeactorpracticeasaproofwhichisnotatallaproof.Inthesamewaywefindthat
manygroupsandpartieshavesprungupinthecity,eachwithitssloganandtenetanditisdifficulttodecidewhichisonthe
right path and which is on the wrong path. Truth and falsehood have thus become mixed up. All these fall within the
definitionof(Trial).

Aquarrelbetweentwopartiesisa(Trial):

ItisalsoacaseoftrialwhentwoMuslimsortwoMuslimgroupsfalloutwitheachothersoviolentlythattheyarereadyto
shedbloodandcommitmurderanditisnotknownwhichofthetwoisrightandwhichiswrong.

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)isreportedtohavesaidinaHadith

WhentwoMuslimsbegintofightWitheachotherwiththeirswords,themurdereraswellasthemurderedwill
bothenterHellFire.

OneoftheCompanions(RA)saidtotheHolyProphetOMessengerofAllah(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)Itisunderstandable
thatthemurderershallgotoHellformurderingaMuslim,butwhyshallthemurderedshallenterHell?TheHolyProphet
(Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) replied, saying: The murdered will enter Hell because he too had come out to fight with the
intentionofmurderinghisopponentbuthedidnotsucceedinhisintentionbuthisopponentsucceededinhisintention.None
ofthetwowasfightinginthecauseofAllah,butworldlybenefitintheformofmoneyorsomepoliticalbenefit.Bothwill,
therefore,enterHell.

KillingandrobbingareTrial:

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)saidinanotherHadith:

Atimewillcomeuponthepeoplewhentherewillbeagreatdealofa(confusion/disturbance).onbeingaskedabouthe
(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)answered:Itiskillingandrobbing,i.e.,inthosedaysthesecrimeswillincreasebyleapsand
boundsandhumanlifewillbecomemeanerthanthatofmosquitoesandflies.

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)hassaidinanotherHadith:

Atimewillcomeuponthepeopleinwhichthekillerwillnotknowwhyhekilledthevictimnorwillthevictimkilledknow
whyhewaskilled.

Look at the conditions obtaining today in the society which fully confirms the truth of the Holy Prophet's (Sallaho Alaihe
Wassallam)prediction.ThisisasiftheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)wasseeingtheseconditionswithhisown
eyes.

Intheoldendaysitwasnotknownwhowasthekiller,butitcouldbeknownwhythevictimwaskilled,i.e.,hewaskilledby
robbers for robbing the victim of his money? or by enemies. Anyway, the cause of the murder became known. What is
happeningnowadays?Amanissittingorstandinginfrontofhisdoor,hehasnoenemies,heisnotinvolvedinpoliticsyet
somehooligan shoots at him and kills him without any apparent cause. The Holy Prophet (SallahoAlaiheWassallam) has
predictedalltheseeventsinclearwords:

AHadithabouttheHolyCityofMakkah:

ItisnarratedbySayyidn'aAbdullahbinUmar(RA)thattheHolyPropeht(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)said:

UntilrecentlythepeoplewerenotabletounderstandtherealmeaningofthisHadith,butnowthemeaninghasbecomequite
cleartothem.Thehadithmaybetranslatedasunder:

WhenthebellyofMakkahwillbecleftopenandthroughitwillbedugoutriverlikepassage(i.e.tunnels)and
thebuildingsoftheHolyCityofMakkahwillrisehigherthanitsmountainswhenyouobservethesesigns,then
understandthatthetimeof?(Trial)isnearathand.

ThecleavingasunderofthebellyoftheHolyCityofMakkah:

This Hadith has continued on records of the last fourteen centuries. The commentators of the Hadith felt baffled, while
explainingthisHadithastheycouldnotunderstandhowbellyof'theHolyCityofMakkahcouldbecleftasundernorcould
theyunderstandthemeaningofdiggingoutriverlikepassages.Itwasreallyverydifficulttoimaginethesenseofallthese
predictions. But by seeing today's Makkah one feels that the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) made these
predictions,asifheewasactuallyseeingwithhisowneyestoday'sMakkahtulMukarramah.Previouslythecommentators
(Muhaddithin)interpretedthisHadithbysayingthatintheirtimesMakkahwasadryandmountainouscity,butinsomefuture
ageAllahmaycauseriversandcanalstoflowinthatcity.Howevertodayonefeelsbyseeingthese(underground)tunnels
howthebellyofMakkahhasbeencleftasunder:

Risingofbuildinghigherthanmountains:

TheothersentencewhichtheHolyProphetspokeoutinthisHadithisthatthebuildingsoftheHolyCityofMakkahwillrise
higherthanits mountains. A few years ago none could imagine that buildings would be built in Makkah which would rise
higherthanitsmountains,asthecitywassurroundedbymountainsonallsides.ButgotoMakkahandseeforyourselfhow
(highrise)buildingshigherthanmountainshavebeenbuiltthere.

ItappearsfromthisHadith,asiffourteencenturiesagotheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)hadseenthesechanges
andconditionswithhisowneyes.AllthesethingshadbeenshowntohimclearlythroughrevelationsandlightofProphetic
knowledge which Allah had granted him The Holy Prophet (SallahoAlaiheWassallam) has clearly mentioned one by one
whattrialsandtribulationstheMuslimswillhavetofaceinthetimestocome.Hehasalsomentionedsimultaneouslywhatthe
Muslimsshoulddoatsuchatime.

ThepresenterainthelightoftheAhadith:

EveryMuslimshouldkeepinviewthoseAhadithinwhichtheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)ahaspredictedthe
futureevents.MaulanaMuhammadYusufLudhyanawiSahib(RA)hascompiledabooktitled"ThePresentEraintheLight
oftheAhadith"HehastriedtogathertogetherinthisbookalltheahadithabouttheTrials.Hehasincludedinthisbooka
HadithinwhichtheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)hasmentionedseventytwoeventswhichwilloccurduringthe
EraoftheTrials.Iadviseyoutoreadthemonebyoneandseehowtheseeventsexactlyagreetothosetakingplaceinour
timesandinourenvironments.

Seventytwo(72)signsofTrialsandTribulations:

Sayyidn'aHuzaifah(RA)hasnarratedthattheholyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)predictedthatseventytwo events
shalloccurintheperiodclosetotheDayofJudgment.Theseare:

(1)Peoplewillbegintomisstheirprayersandpaynoattentiontothem.

Ifthisissaidinourtimes,therewillbenothingsurprisinginitbecausethemajorityoftheMuslimdoesnotoffer
theirprayers.TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam) made this prediction at a time when Prayers were
consideredasalineofdemarcationbetweenunbeliefandbelief.Eventhemostsinfulandviciouspersonliving
inthatagedidnotmisshisprayers.Inhis(RA)timei.e.fourteencenturiesago,theHolyProphet(SallahoAlaihe
Wassallam)predictedaboutthepresenttimesthatthepeoplewillmisstheirprayers.

(2)Theyshallbegintobetraytheirtrusts.

Thatis,theywillmisappropriatethetrustsentrustedtothemforsafecustody.

(3)Theywillbegintoeatusuriousincome.

(4)Theywillbegintoconsiderlyingtobelawful.Tellinglieswillbecomeanart.

(5)Theywillbegintocommitmurdersonordinarygrounds.

(6)Theyshallconstructhighrisebuildings.

(7)TheyshallselltheirDeen(Faith)

(8)Theyshallviolatethebondsofrelationships

(9)Justicewillbecomeavirtuealmosthardtofindanywhere.

(10)Falsehoodwillbecometruth(andviceversa).

(11)Silkgarmentswillbewornbymen.

(12)Oppressionandwrongdoingwillbecomerampant.

(13)Divorceswillbecomeacommonpractice.

(14)Suddendeathswillbecomeacommonoccurrence.

(15)Onewhobetrayshistrustwillberegardedastrustworthy.
(16)Thetrustworthywillberegardedasuntrustworthy.

(17)Theliarwillberegardedastruthful.

(18)Thetruthfulwillberegardedasliar.

(19)Calumny(slandering)willbecomeacommonfeature,i.e.,peoplewillputfalseblamesononeanother.

(20)Theweathershallbehotdespiterains.(possibleindicationofglobalwarming)

(21)Insteadofdesiringchildrenpeoplewillhatethem.TheywillpraytoAllahnottofavorthemwithchildren.

ThisisactuallyhappeningasaresultoftheFamilyPlanningDepartmentofGovernmentsareraisingtheslogan,
"OnlyTwoIssues"guaranteeProsperity.

(22)Themeanerclasseswillbehappyandprosperous.

(23)Therespectableclasseswillbeintroubleandcastoutofthesociety.

(24)TheRulersandtheMinisterswillbecomeusedtolyingengrossedinliesfrommorningtillevening.

(25)Thetrustworthywillbegintobetraytheirtrusts.

(26)Theleadersofthepeoplewillbecomewrongdoers.

(27)ThescholarsofDeenandtherecitersoftheQur'anwillbecomelewdandsinners.

(28)Thepeopleshallputonskingarments.

(29)Theheartsofthewearersofskingarmentswillbemorefoulsmellingthandeadanimalsand

(30)Theywillbemorebitterthanthealoeplant(withbitterleaves).

(31)Goldwillbecomewidelyused.

(32)Silverwillbeingreatdemand.

(33)Sinswillbeontheincrease.

(34)Peaceandsecuritywilldeteriorate(asweseethisatthemoment).

(35)ThepagesandcoversoftheHolyQur'anwillbelavishlydecorated.

(36)TheMosqueswillbedecoratedwithbeautifulwritingsanddesigns.

(37)Loftyminaretswillrisefromthemosques.

(38)Evenso,theheartswillremaindesolateandempty.

(39)Winewillbedrunkfreely.

(40)PunishmentsoftheShari'ahwillbesuspended.

(41)Theslavegirlshallbearhermaster.

Inotherwords,thedaughtershallruleoverhermotherandbehavewithherasamasterbehaveswithhisslave
girls.

(42)Thebarefooted,thenakedandtheunculturedshallbecomeKingsandRulers.

Themean,theuntouchableclassesandthedepressedoneswillbecomeHeadsofState(thisiswhathashappened
inIndia).

(43)Womanandmanshallbepartnersintrade,aswomenaretryingtotakepartineverywalkoflifesidebysidewith
men.

(44)Menwillimitatewomenand

(45)Womenwillimitatemen.

Inotherwords,menandwomenshalladopteachother'sguiseandappearance.Seewhathasactuallyhappened
todayunderthefrenzyoffashion,soitisdifficulttodistinguishbetweenmenandwomenfromadistance.

(46)ThepeoplewillswearbynamesotherthanAllah'sname.

ItislawfultoswearonlybyAllahorsomeattributeofAllahorbytheHolyQur'an.Inthelateragespeoplewill
swearbyobjectsas'byyourhead',etc.Thisisunlawfulandstrictlyforbidden.

(47)InthetimestocomeeventheMuslimswillbearfalsewitnesses.

Theuseoftheword'even'indicatesthatthenonMuslimsdobearfalsewitnessesfreelybutaMuslimwhoisnot
expectedtodoso,willalsocommitthissin.

(48)Salam(salute)willbebiddenonlytothosewhoareknownandnottostrangers.

ThisisagainsttheinjunctionoftheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)whohassaidinaHadith:

Salamshouldbebiddentoeveryonewhetheryouknowordonotknockthetheperson.

IfyouareonawayyoumustbidSalamtoeverypasserby,exceptthatifthenumberofthepassersbyisverylarge,youmay
ignorethisformality.However,atimewillcomewhenpeoplewillavoidbiddingSalamevenwhenthereareonlyafewmen
passingontheroad,andthecustomofSalamwillcometoanend.

(49)Religiousknowledgewillbeacquirednotforthesakeofreligionbutforthesakeofearningworldlyresourcesand
worldlyhonorandstatus.

(50)WorkrelatingtotheHereafterwillbedonetoearlsworldlygains.

(51(Warspoils)willbetakenaspersonalestatehasbeenusedheretoimplypublicpropertywhichwillbeenjoyedas
personalproperty.

(52)Atrustshallbetakenandmisappropriatedasplunderedproperty.

(53)Zakat(theobligatoryIslamictax)willbepaidreluctantly,asifitwereapenalty.

(54)Themeanestmanshallbecometheleaderofthecommunitybytheirconsentorvotes.

(55)Menwilldisobeytheirparents.

(56)Menwillmisbehavewiththeirmothers.

(57)Amanwillnothesitateincausingharmtohisfriends.

(58)Amanwillobeyhiswife.

(59)Thevoicesofthewrongdoerswillriseinthemosques.

(60)Womenengagedinthesingingprofession(FilmActresses)willbeheldingreatesteemandaccordedhighstatus.

(61)Musicalinstrumentswillbekeptandpreservedwithcare.

(62)Winewillbedrunkbyroadsides.

(63)Wrongdoingandtyrannywillbelookeduponasactsofpride.

(64)Justicewillbesold(withbribery)intheCourtsofJustice.

(65)ThenumberofthePolicewillincrease

(66)TheHolyQur'anwillberecitedinamusicalstyle,soastoenjoythesingingtoneandits musical cadence. The


Qur'anwillnotberecitedforthesakeofitsDa'wah(preaching)forunderstandingitandforreapingtherewardforits
recitation

(67)Beastskinswillbeused.

(68)ThelaterpeopleoftheUmmahwilltauntandcursetheformerpeople,i.e.thelatterwillpassderogatoryremarks
attheformer.AsaresultofthistrendalargesectionofthepeopleisderidinginsolentlytheNobleCompanionsand
arebehavinginthesamewaywiththeleadersofDeenwhoconveyedtousthemessageofDeen.TheseelderDoctorsof
DeenarebeingblamedasbeingignorantoftheAhadithandtheHolyQur'anwhereasthelatergenerationsclaimto
haveunderstoodthosesourcesofIslambetterthantheformerTheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam).alsosaid
thatwhenthesesignsappearthen:
(69)RedwindstormmaycomefromAllah,or

(70)Earthquakesmayupheavetheearthor

(71)Thepeople'sfacesmaybedistortedor

(72)StonesmayraindownfromtheskyorsomeothertormentmaydescendfromAllahGodforbid.Allthesesigns
are proving true of our society one by one. The punishment that has come over us is really due to these misdeeds.
(DurreMansoorvol4,P52)

Amountainofmisfortuneshallfalldown:

IthasbeennarratedbySayyidn'aAli(RA)thattheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)said:Whenfifteenmisdeeds
becomecommonamongmyUmmahamountainofmisfortuneswillfalldownonthem.

WhentheNobleCompanions(RA)asked:OMessengerofAllahifwhatthesefifteenmisdeedsare,herepliedsaying:

WhoarethethievesofthePublicFunds?:

(1)When public money isregardedaslooted property. See how thepublicfundsarebeingmisappropriatedtoday.


Thislootisnotconfinedonlytotherulers,butinfluentialmenfromamongthepublicalsoplunderthesefundsasand
whentheyareabletodoso.Wedomanythingswithoutthinkingthatthesearealsoactsofstealingpublicfunds.For
example, illegal electric connection, long foreign or local calls without paying the due charges with the unauthorized
assistanceofsomeTelephoneExchangeemployees,ticketlessjourneysortravelinginahigherclassthanthatforwhich
theticketswerepurchasedforthepurpose.

SeriousTheft
Thetheftofpublicmoneyismoreseriousthanordinarycasesoftheft.Ifamancommitstheftinthehouseofanyone,itis
possibletoreturntheamountstolen,thethiefeverfeelsinclinedtorepentofhisactoftheft,ortogettheamountstolen
wavedbyitsowner.Thethief'scrimewillthusbewashedoff,butthisisnotpossibleinthecaseoftheftofpublicmoney,
becauseitbelongsnottoonemanbuttoinnumerablemenofthepublicinsuchacaserepentancebecomesimpossible.
MayAllahprotectusfromthistheft.

(2)Whenpeoplebegintomisappropriatetrusts,treatingtheseasplunderedbooty.

(3)WhenthepeopleregardpaymentofZakat(obligatorytax)asthepaymentofapenalty.

(4)Whenamanobeyshiswifeanddisobeyshismother.Forexample,hiswifewantshimtodosomethingwhichis
unlawfulandhismothertriestostophimfromthisunlawfulactbutthemanobeyshiswifeanddisobeyshismother.

(5)Whenamanbehaveswellwithhisfriendsandmisbehaveswithhisparents.

(6)Raisingvoicesinthemosquesvoiceswillberaisedinthemosques.
ThemosqueshavebeenbuiltforrememberingAllahandofferingSalatandnodisturbanceshouldbecausedinsuch
devotionalacts.However,peopledisturbtheseactsofworshipanddevotionbyraisingtheirvoicesinthemosques.The
Nikah(matrimonialtie)isperformedinthemosquesandthisisadesirablepracticebutonsuchoccasionthepartiesdo
not maintain the sanctity of the mosques and raise hues and cries which is a sin with no compensatory benefit.
whatsoever.Thisiscondemnable.

(7)Theleaderofthecommunityisthemeanestpersonofit.

(8)Amanisheldinesteemforfearofhismischiefaswhenheisnotesteemedhemayinvolvehisopponentsinsome
trouble.

(9)Winewillbedrunkopenly.

(10)Silkgarmentswillbewornbymen.

(11)SingingwomeninHousesSinginggirlsandmaidswillbelodgedinthehousesandmusicalinstrumentswillbe
keptwithgreatcare.TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)haspredictedthesethingsata time when none
couldimaginethem.InhispredictiontheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)hassaid:Theyshalllodgeintheir
housessinginggirls.Itis,however,afactthateverymanhasnotthecapacitytolodgeandmaintaininhishousesinging
girls. What does then the Hadith mean? The invention of the Radios, taperecorders video cassettes and TVs has
corroboratedthetruthofthewordsspokenbytheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam).Inthepresenceofthese
appliancesanyonecanenjoymusicdancingandseesinginggirlsathischoiceandpleasure.Forthesamereasonitis
notnecessaryforanyonenowadaystopurchasemusicalinstrumentsandkeeptheminone'shouse.Theappliances
enumeratedaboveprovideallsortsofaudiosvideosenjoyments.

(12)ThelatergenerationsofthisUmmahwillcursethepeopleoftheformergenerations
The Holy Prophet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam) said that when these vices spread in his Ummah, torments and misfortunes
shallfallonthemGodforbid.AlltheviceswhichtheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)hasenumeratedinthisHadith
areclearlyvisibleinoursocietytoday.

Winewillbedrunkunderthenameofaharmlessdrink:

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam) has said in another Hadith that: The people of his Ummah will make wine
lawfulbygivingitthenameofa(softdrink)beverage.

Weseethattodaybookshavebeenwrittenonthistopicclaimingthatthewinepresentlyinuseisnotprohibitedandnowhere
intheHolyQur'anhasthewordunlawfulbeenusedforwine.Asregardstobeerthisisnothingmorethanbarleywater.
Thisisalsoabeveragelikeallotherbeverages.Inthiswayproofsarebeinginventedandofferedtodeclarewinelawful.This
isexactlywhattheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)declaredfourteencenturiesago.

Usurioustransactionswillbegiventhenameofbusiness:

AtimewillcomewhenthepeopleofmyUmmahwillmakeusurylawfulbydeclaringittobeabusinesstransaction,asis
being done nowadays. They say that bank interest is the form of a business transaction. If this is declared unlawful, the
businessactivitieswillbegreatlyhandicapped.

BriberywillbegiventhenameofaGift:

Therewillcomeatimewhenthepeopleof"myUmmahwillmakebriberylawfulbygivingitthenameofagift"Thegiverof
briberywillgiveandthetakerofbribewilltakebribeunderthenameofagift,eventhoughtheofferisnothingotherthan
bribery.Allthesesins,crimesandvicesarepresenttodayinthesociety.

These four predictions of the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) fully apply today to our Society. (KanzulAmal.
HadithNo:38497):

Tocometomosques,sittingoncushions:

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)ahassaidinahadiththat:

Duringthelaterages(oftrialsandtribulations)thepeoplewillarrive(tothegatesof)atthemosquesonMayasir(an
Arabicword,meaningverycostlyandfinesilkclothwhichtherichmenusedinthosedaystocoverthesaddlesoftheir
horses).IntheoldendaysitwasdifficulttoimaginewhatgoingtothemosquesonMayasirmeant.Nowithasbecome
veryclearthattheindicationintheHadithpointtothecomfortablespringbasedcarseatsonwhichthericherclassofthe
societygotothemosquesforSalat.

Womenwillbenakednotwithstandingthattheywillbecladingarments:

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)nextsaid:

Theirwomenwillbenakednotwithstandingthattheywillbecladingarments.

Itwasdifficult to understand themeaningofthe pardah, (Veil) but todayweareseeingownourowneyesthetruthofthis


Hadith.Eitherthewomenwearfinelythingarmentsreflectingthehiddencontoursoftheirbodiesorthegarmentswillbeof
closefittingandshortthatpartsoftheirbodieswillremainnaked.Itisseenthattheheadsofthewomenfolkremainnakedin
80% cases and according to the injunctions of the Shari 'ah bareheaded women come under the definition of naked ones.
(SahihMuslim)

Women'sHair:

Thereafter,theHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)said:

Thehaironthesewomenwillbebulgingupwardslikecamelhumps.

ThisisalsooneofthoseAhadithwhosemeaningwasnotcleartotheUlamaofoldendays.Buttodaythemeaninghasbecome
quitecleartous,becausethewomenmaketheirhairbulgingupwardsbyaddingartificialwigstotheirnaturalhair.

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)nextsaid:Thesewomenarecursedones.

Allahhascreatedwomenfolktoremainconfinedwithintheirprescribedinjunction.Whenthesewomengooutoftheirhouses
unveiled,then according to Hadith Satan begins to gaze and peep at them. When a woman goes out to the market having
appliedperfumetoherbodyandClothes,AllahandHisAngelsbothcurseher.

Therealpurposeofgarments:

The real purpose of wearing garments is to cover i.e. o those parts of the body that are 'shame' which must be covered.
AlmightyAllahhassaidaboutitintheHolyQur'an:
OchildrenofAdamvwehavesentdowntoyouraimenttoconcealyourshameandforadornment.(7:26)

Sothegarmentwhichdoesnotconcealthepartofthebodythatform"shame"defeatsthepurposeforwhichitisworn.Ifthe
realpurposeofthegarmentisthusdefeated,itmeansthatthepersonwearingthatgarmentisnaked.Therefore,forGod'ssake,
weshouldwearproperdressesEvenGodfearingpeoplewhoarerighteousandregularNamazis(observedsalat)donotpay
attentiontothisaspectastheydonotmindatallwhetherthedress they are putting onfulfils the purpose of coveringtheir
bodiesproperly.Thewoefulconditionswearefacingthesedaysaretheresultsoftheselapsesonourpart.Itisourdutyto
makesurethatatleastthemembersofourownhouseholdsandrelatives,etc.putondresseswhichconformtotheinjunctions
oftheShari'ahinthisbehalf.

OthernationswilleatuptheMuslims:

Sayyidn'a Sauban (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) has narrated that the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) said in a
Hadith:

Therewillcomeuponyouatimewhentheothernationsoftheworldwillinviteoneanothertoeatyouupas
peoplesittingroundadiningclothinviteotherstopartakeofthefoodservedonthatcloth.Inthesamewaya
time will come when the stronger nations of the world will invite other nations to eat up the Muslims. (Abu
Dawood)

Thosewhoareacquaintedwiththelastcentury'shistory,i.e.fromthefirstworldwartillnowknowquitewellhowtyrannically
thenonMuslimcommunitieshavebehavedwiththeMuslimsandhowtheyhavebeendividingtheMuslimcountriesamong
themselves,saying:EgyptisyoursandSyriaismine,AlgeriaisyoursandMoroccoismine,IndiaismineandBurmaisyours,
andsoonsoforth.

TheMuslimswillbecomelikeStraws:

WhentheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)thus predictedthe condition ofthe Muslims to theNoble Companions


(RA)someCompanions,asked:OMessengerofAllah! WillthenumberoftheMuslimsbecomesosmallatthattimethat
that nonMuslims will begin to eat up, and will invite others also to feast upon, the Muslims? The Holy Prophet (Sallaho
AlaiheWassallam)replied,saying:No,"atthattimeyournumberwillbeverylarge(i.eonebillion,.aboutonethirdofthe
totalworldpopulation),butyourexamplewillbelikecountlessstrawsfloatingonthesurfaceoffloodwater."Inotherwords,
theMuslimswillhavenosayinanymattertheywillgoondriftinginthedirectioninwhichtheworldpowerswanttotake
them.

TheMuslimswillbecomecowards:

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)nextsaid:

AlmightyAllahshalltakeawayyourawefromtheheartsofyourenemiesandweaknessandcowardicewillfindaccessto
your hearts. A Companion (RA) asked: O Messenger of Allah! (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) What are weakness and
cowardice?TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)repliedsaying:"itisweaknessthatloveoftheworldshallcreep
intotheheartsandthepeoplewillbegintohatedeath"andthismeansthattheywilldislikemeetingAlmightyAllah.All
theirthoughtswillbeconcentratedonearningtheworldlyresourcestogetherwithfameandrespectwhetherbylawfulor
unlawfulmeans.

ThecourageoftheNobleCompanions(RA):

ItisnarratedthataCompanion(RA)remainedallaloneinabattleandthreeorfourinfidel,stoutfighterscameinfrontofthat
lonely Companion , When the Companion as a, advanced to fight the infidel fighters some other Companions, tried to
dissuadetheformerCompanionfromconfrontingthosestrongandexperiencedinfidelfightersandadvisedhimtowaitforthe
Muslimforcestoarrivethere.TheCompanion(RA)didnotagreetotheiradviceandaskedthemonoathandwithoutany
hesitationnottotrytointervenebetweenhimandParadise,asthosewrestlerfighterswerelikeapathleadingtoParadise.This
beingtheconditionoftheNobleCompanionstheywerenotabletounderstandthemeaningofcowardiceandweakness.The
factremainsthatbyvirtueofthecompanyoftheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)Allahhadremovedfromtheir
heartsthelovefortheworld.TheyhadalwaysinviewtheHereafteraswellasscenesfromParadiseandHell.Thatiswhy
theywerenotafraidofdeathandratherdesiredtofindaccesstotheDivineCourtofAlmightyAllah.

TheburningdesireofaCompanionforMartyrdom:

ACompanion(RA)enteredabattlefieldandfoundthatinfrontofhimawellequippedandarmedforceoftheinfidelswas
readytoencounterhim.Seeingthisenemyforce,theCompanionsspontaneouslyrecitedthisArabicpoeticalcouplet:

Tomorrowweshallmeetfriends,i.e.Muhammad(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)andhisNobleCompanions

Once a Companion (RA) was hit by an arrow and blood began to gush forth from his wound. At this critical moment he
spontaneouslyutteredthesewords:
BytheLordoftheKa'bahIhavebeensuccessful.

Theywerepeoplewhopossessedbeliefandfirmconviction.TheyhadfulltrustinAllahandtherewasnotraceintheirhearts
oftheloveoftheworld.

ThefirstcommandconcerningtheperiodofTrials:

WhatshouldaMuslimdoduringsuchaperiod?ThefirstinjunctionwhichtheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)has
issuedaboutthisisasunder:

(Atsuchatime)themajorpartyoftheMuslimsandtheirImam(leader)shouldbefollowed.

ACompanion,putthisquestion:OMessengerofAllah!(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)WhatshouldtheMuslimsdowhenthey
have neither an organized association of the Muslims nor have they a popular and acceptable Imam ? The Holy
Prophet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)repliedtothisquestion,saying:

Insuchasituationleadasecludedlifeawayfromeverygroupandpartyandsticktoyourhouseslikethematsandrugs
spreadonthefloorofyourhousesandremainconfinedtotheboundaryofyourhousesasfaraspossibleanddonotjoin
thedisorganizedgroups.

Nowwhatinjunctioncanbemoreevidentandclearthanthis?

ThesecondcommandconcerningtheperiodofTrials:

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)hassaidinanotherHadith:

WhileyouareleadingasecludedlifeawayfromthepeopleandiftheMuslimsbegintofightamongthemselves
killingoneanother,donotlookatthem,becausetheonlookerofsuchscenesmaybecaughtinthetrialand
disturbance(thescenemaycatchhimtoowholooksatthesceneofquarrel).Insuchacriticaltimekeeptothe
boundsofthehouse.

ThethirdcommandconcerningtheperiodofTrials:

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)hassaidinanotherHadith:

Thetrial will be such that one who remains standing during that period will be better than the one who is
walkingandonewhoissittingwillbebetterthantheonewhoisstanding.

Inotherwords,duringthattimeoftrials,youshouldtakenopartinitsactivitiesandmovements.Youshouldinstead,tryto
ameliorateyourownpersonallife,sittingquietlyathome.Donotinvolveyourselfinthecollectivetrialsandtribulations.

ThebestpropertyofamanduringtheperiodofTrials:

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)hassaidinanotherHadith:

Atimewillcomewhenthebestpropertyofamanwillbehisgoatswithwhichhecangouptothemountain
peaks,leavingthehustleandbustleoftownlife.Forhissustenanceheshoulddependonhisgoats.Hewillbe
muchsaferinthemountainsthaninthetownswherevisibleandinvisibletrialsarereadytopickhimup.

AnimportantinjunctiontofollowduringtheperiodofTrials:

TheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)wantstoadvisebymeansoftheseAhadiththattimewillnotbesuitable for
collective and social activities, because all the parties and associations will be unreliable and untrustworthy. It will not be
possibletodistinguishbetweenrightandwrong.So,duringsuchanuncertainperiodoneshouldengagehimselfinobeying
AllahandsafeguardinghisEeman(Faith),soastodieasabeliever.Thisistheonlywayofsafetyfromthesetrials.The
verseIhaverecitedinthebeginninglaysemphasisonthesamepoint,viz.,

Othosewhobelieve,takecareofyourselves.Theonewhohasgoneastraycannotharmyou,ifyouareon
therightpath........(5105)

When this verse was revealed, the Noble Companions , put this question to the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam)
Theysaid:

Thisverseseemstotellthatmanshouldmindhisownbusinesswithoutworryingaboutothers.ifsomeoneisgoingastray
lethimgoanddonotadvisehimtodogoodandrefrainfromdoingwrong.Thisisonesideoftheproblem.Ontheother
sidethereare clear injunctions to enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong. How to reconcile these two conflicting
injunctions:
FoursignsoftheperiodofTrials:

WhilereplyingtothisquestiontheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)said:

The verses which enjoin doing good and forbidding doing wrong are also quite right in their places as they advise the
preachingofDeen.Atimewill,however,comewhenmanwillberesponsibletotakecareof,andreformhisownself.this
willbethetimeinwhichthefollowingfoursignswillappear:

(1)Firstly,itwillbethetimewhenamanwillbehankeringafterwealthandwillbecomemiserly.Frommorning
tilleveninghewillbeengrossedinhislusttoincreasehisbalancebyhookorbycrookAllthathewilldowillbe
intheinterestandloveofworldlygains.

(2) Secondly, people will be drowned at all times in satisfying their desires and lusts. A man will follow the
directiontowardswhichhisdesirespushhim,withoutcaringwhatislawfulandwhatisunlawfulandwhetherthe
path he is following leads to Paradise, to the pleasure of Allah or to His displeasure. Forgetting all these
considerations,hewillberunningafterhisdesires..

(3)Thirdly,preferencewillbeaccordedtotheworldlygainsoverthegainsoftheHereafter.Thepeoplewillbe
warnedagainsttheapproachoftheHereafterarrivalofdeathaboutwhichthereisnodoubtburialinthegrave
attendancebeforeAlmightyAllah.Theonlyreplytoallthesewarningswillbe:Icannothelp,thisisthetrendof
thetimes.Afteralloneshouldfollowtheaffairsoftheworldalsoinwhichonehastopasshislifewithothers.
Thusignoringalltheseadmonitionsmanwillbecometotallyabsorbedinearningtheworldlyresources.

(4)Fourthly,everymanwillbeselfwilled,notpreparedtoheedbetteradvice.Hewillthinkthathealoneisright
and the others are wrong. This is a common observation. Everyone has formed his own opinion about what is
lawfulandwhatisunlawfuleventhoughhehasnotspentasingledayintryingtostudyandunderstandtheHoly
Qur'anandthesacredAhadith.WhensomeproblemoftheShari'ahismentionedbeforehim,heraisesobjections
andbeginstoprojecthisownmisleadingnotions.Everyonewillfeelproudofhisownopinion.

Anyway,trytoseekyourownsafetywhenthesefoursignsbecomeapparent,viz:

I)Loveofworldlyresources

2)Hankeringafterone'sowndesires

3)PreferringtheworldtotheHereafter.

4)Takingprideinbeingselfwilled.

As already stated, at such a critical time people should mind their own salvation and safety forgetting what the others are
doing. They should keep themselves aloof from the common men and try to reform their own selves. Keeping within the
boundsoftheirhousesatallcosts.ThisistheinjunctionoftheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)tohisUmmah to
followduringtheperiodoftrialsandtribulations.

TheconductoftheNobleCompanionsondifferenceofopinions:

AfterthesaddemiseoftheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)theresponsibilityofguidingtheUmmahpassedtothe
Noble Companions (RA) During this period serious differences cropped up between Sayyidn'a Ali (RA) and Sayyidn'a
Mu'awiyah (RA_ which ultimately ended in armed confrontation between their armies. differences also arose between
Sayyidn'aAli(RA)andSayyidahAyeshah(RA)Thisalsoresultedinanarmedconflictbetweenthesupportersofthetwo
sides through these differences during the time of the Noble Companions and their conduct during the difference Almighty
Allahhastaughthowthefuturegenerationsshouldtacklesituationsarisingoutofsuchdifferencesandconflicts.Asaresult,
thoseCompanionsandtheirimmediatefollowers(Tabi'een),whobelievedinSayyidn'aAli's(RA)rightconductactedonthat
HadithinwhichtheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)said:

(Atsuchatime)themajorpartyoftheMuslimsandtheirImam(leader)shouldbefollowed.

ActinguponthisHadith,theysidedwithSayyidn'aAli(RA)whomtheyregarded as the Imam of the major group. Some


NobleCompanions,and the Tabi een believed that Sayyidn'a Amir Muiawiyah (RA) was on the right path and was their
Imam.So,theysidedwithhim.Therewasathirdgroupwhowasnotabletofindoutwhowasontherightandwhowason
the wrong path. In pursuance of a Hadith of the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) they decided to dissociate
themselvesfromeitherpartyThey,therefore,remainedneutralintheconflictbetweenthetwopartiesandremainedwiththe
boundsoftheirhouses.

TheconductofSayyidn'aAbdullahbinUmar(RA):

Sayyidn'aAbdullahbinUmar(RA)thesonofSayyidn'aUmar(RA)wasaCompanionandjuristofaveryhighorder.He
confinedhimselftohishousewhenamancalleduponhimandaskedhim:Whywashesittingquietlywhenabattlebetween
rightandwrongwasragingoutsidehishousebetweenSayyidn'aAli(RA)andSayyidn'aAmirMu'awiyah(RA)?Heshould
sidewithSayyidn'aAli(RA)whomthemanconsideredtobeontherightpath.Sayyidn'aAbdullahbinUmar(RA),replied,
saying:thathehadheardthisahadithfromtheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)thatwhentheMuslimsfalloutwith
oneanotheranditbecomesobscurewhatwasrightandwhatwaswrong,thenoneshouldconfinehimselftothefourwallsof
hishouseandputasidehisweapons.AsSayyidn'aAbdullahbinUmar(RA)couldnotdistinguishbetweentherightandthe
wronginthatconflictheremainedneutralanddidnotbecomeapartytoanyoftheopponents.

ThemantookobjectionstoSayyidn'aAbdullahbinUmar's(RA)standandinvitedhisattentiontothefollowingverseofthe
HolyQur'an:

Andfightthemuntilpersecutionisnomore.(2:l93)

Sayyidn'aAbdullahbinUmar(RA)gaveaveryaptreplytothissaying:

WhenwefoughtagainsttheenemyalongwiththeHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)AlmightyAllahputanendto
thepersecution.Ontheotherhand,whenyoutookpartinthefight(i.etakenaside)thepersecutiondidnotstopbut it
increasedandbecamemoreviolent.Thatiswhy,actingupontheadviceoftheHolyProphet(SallahoAlaiheWassallam)I
confinedmyselftotheboundsofmyhouse.

Howtoconductourselvesduringconditionsofpeaceanddisturbance:

IwasextremelyoverjoyedwhenIcameacrossastatementofaMuhadithwhichrunsthus:

FollowSayyidn'aUmar(RA)asa,duringconditionsofpeaceandtranquilityandfollowhisson(RA)duringconditionsof
trialsanddisturbances.Themeaningofthisstatementisselfexplanatory

Amicablemutualrelationsinspiteofdifferences:

Almighty Allah showed us all these scenes and situations during the era of Noble Companions ,. Those Companions who
believedthatSayyidn'aAli(RA)wasrightsidedwithhim,andthosewhobelievedthatSayyidn'aAmirMuiawiyah(RA)was
rightsupportedhim.Theworldwitnessedauniquescene,neverseenbefore,thatdespitehostilitieswhensomeone,inthearmy
ofSayyidn'aAli,diedthearmymenofSayyidn'aAmirMuiawiyah(RA)joinedthefuneralprayerofthedeceasedbelonging
totheoppositecampandviceversaThereasonforthiswasthatthisbattlewasnotfoughtforthesakeofsomeselfishworldly
gain,honourandposition.ThecauseofthearmedconflictwasobediencetoaCommandofAllahasinterpretedbyeachparty.
Inotherwords,eachsidewasbusyactinguponAllah'sCommandsincerelyasithadinterpretedthecommand.

TheconductofSayyidn'aAbuHurairah(RA):

Mylate,respectedfatherusedtotellusthatSayyidn'aAbuHurairah(RA)wasaliterateCompanionandareligiousscholar,
busy at all times in studies. During the battle between the two warring Companions he used to visit both without taking
anyone'sside.WhentherewasprayertimehewouldgotoSayyidn'aAli's(RA)armytopraybehindhim.Whenitwasmeal
timehewouldgotoSayyidn'aAmirMuiawiyah's(RA)armyandtakemealwiththelatter.SomeoneaskedSayyidn'aAbu
Hurairah(RA)aboutthisstrangeconductofhim,hereplied:

The prayer behind Sayyidn'a Ali (RA) was better so he prayed there, but he took meal in Sayyidn'a
Mu'awiyah's (RA) camp because the food was of a better quality there. Thus the Noble Companions have
taughtushowtobehaveduringtimesofmutualdifferencesandconflicts.

ThereplyofSayyidn'aMusawiyah(RA)toCaesarofRome:

Justwhenthesetwoarmiesstoodfacetofacereadytograpplewitheachother,amessagefromtheCaesarofRomecameto
Sayyidn'aAmirMu'awiyah(RA)totheeffect:

IhaveheardthatyourbrotherSayyidn'aAli(RA)hasdoneagreatwrongtoyou.Heisnottakingrevengefromthekillersof
Sayyidn'aUsman(RA)Ifyoudesire,Icansendyouahugearmytohelpyou,sothatyoumayconfronthim.Sayyidn'aAmir
Muiawiyah(RA)Inat,atoncerepliedtoCaesarinthefollowingwords:

"OChristianRuler!youplantoattackSayyidn'aAli(RA)onaccountofourmutualdifferences.Beware!Ifyouhavethe
audacitytocastanevileyeatSayyidn'aAli(RA)thefirstmanemergingfromSayyidn'aAli's(RA)armytobeheadyou
shallbeMu'awiyah(RA)

AlltheNobleCompanionsarehonourableanddignifiedinoureyes:

ItisverysadthatnowadayspeopleutterunworthywordsfortheNobleCompanionsalthoughtheyaretoorespectableand
dignified. It is impossible for us to understand their status and religious fervour. We begin today to compare their mutual
quarrelsanddifferences to our own, but this is not right. We must understand that Almighty Allah, in His mercy, provided
throughthe quarrels among the Noble Companions , a model and code of conduct for the Ummah to follow during mutual
differencesanddisputesarisingamongtheminthetimestocome.Eachofthem,whetherheisSayyidn'aAli,(RA)Sayyidn'a
AmirMu'awiyah(RA)orSayyidn'aAbdullahbinUmar(RA)hasleftbehindforusabeautifulmodeltoemulatewhencaught
insimilarsituations.WemustthereforebewareofthosewhospeakillofoneoranotherCompanionbecauseoftheirmutual
disputesanddifferences.NonecanevendreamofapproachingsuchhighstatusandstationtheyoccupyinthesightofAllah.

ThesincerityandGodlinessofSayyidn'aAmirMu'awiyah(RA):

Thepeoplesay many undesirable things about Sayyidn'a Amir Mu'awiyah (RA) because he nominated his son Yazeed his
heirapparent.InoneFridayduringtheFridaysermonhemadefoefollowingsupplicationfromthepulpit:

OAllah!Iassertonoaththatinnominatingmysonmyheirapparent I had nothing in my mind except the


goodandinterest of the Ummah of Muhammad (SallahoAlaiheWassallam) If I had in my mind anything
otherthanthis,thenIpraytoYoutolethimdiebeforetheimplementationofthisdecisionofmine.

JustconsidercoollythatnofathercanprayinthiswayagainsthissonasSayyidn'aAmirMu'awiyah(RA)didThisshows
beyond any shadow of doubt that his action in nominating his son heirapparent was based on sincerity. All men, except
Prophetsareliabletoerr.ThedecisiontakenbySayyidn'aAmirMu'awiyah(RA)ata,mighthavebeenerroneousbutitwas
basedonsincerityanditwasforthesakeofAllahalone.

Retireintoseclusion:

ByactinguponalltheAhadithabouttrialsandtribulationstheNobleCompanionshaveleftbehindforusexamplestofollow
duringsuchdisturbedconditions.Whensuchtimecomesthatthedistinctionbetweenrightandwrongbecomesdifficultand
obscure,thereisnoalternativebuttotaketoseclusionandretirementasdidSayyidn'aAbdullahbinUmar(RA)

ItisafactthatAllahhaddecideduponauniqueplanfromthepointofHiscreativescheme.Allahaccomplishedgreatjobs
andperformancesthroughsuchCompanionsIsashadgoneintoseclusion.Iftheyhadtakenpartinthebattlemanyofthem
wouldhavetofallenmartyrs,deprivingthefuturegenerationsoftheirvaluableservicesinthepathofDeen(Faith).

ThosewhodissociatedthemselvesfromtheworldandwentintoseclusionbegantocollectandcompiletheAhadith.Thus,
theyleftbehindagreattreasureforthefuturegenerationsintheformofbooksofAhadithandotherliteratureonIslam.

TakeCareofyourownreformandwellbeing:

ThusthecommandabouttheperiodofTrialsandtribulationisthatoneshouldconfinehimselftothefourwallsofhishouse,
devotehistimetotherehearsalofAllah'snameandkeephimselfalooffromallsinsandwrongsandtrytoreformthemembers
ofhishouseholdalso.Ifeveryonefollowsthispathandreformshimselfthiswillleadtothereformoftheentiresocietyslowly
andgradually.Thisishowonelampislightedfromanotherlampandthedarknessofdisturbanceandchaosisdispelled

Lookintoyourownweaknesses:

Thetimewearepassingthroughtodayisaperiodofseveretrialsandtribulations.Tosteerclearofthishecticsituationthe
Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) has advised us not to join any party, but confine ourselves to our houses, try to
reform ourselves and search for our own weaknesses and shortcomings. Consider seriously if the prevailing trials and
disturbancesmaybeduetotheillomenofourownsins.Everyoneofthesocietyshouldadoptthistrendofthinking.Takean
example.DuringaseverefamineinEgyptthepeoplecalleduponSayyidn'aZunnoonofEgypttocomplainofthiscalamity.
He told the people that this might be due to his own sins. Ho should, therefore leave the place, so that his absence might
perhaps dispel the calamity and attract Allah's mercy. As for ourselves! we are used to find fault with and attribute all
misfortunestoothers.Inthesedayswehardlyfindpersonswhotrytolookintotheirownfaultsanddefects.Itis,therefore,
imperativethateveryoneshouldtrytoreformhimselfinsteadoffindingfaultwithothers.

Refrainfromsins:

Whilethinkingtoreformyourself,theleastyoushoulddoistogiveuponebyonethesinsthatyoucommitfrommorningtill
evening.YoushouldalsoturntoAllaheverydayinrepentanceandseekHisforgiveness.YoushouldalsopraytoAllahto
keepyouandyourhouseholdawayfromtheillomenandwoesoftheperiodoftrials.Thewordsofprayermaybe:

OAllah!IseekrefugewithYoufromallapparentandhiddentrials.

Youshouldinadditionsaveyourselfasfaraspossiblefromthefollowingsins:

1Backbiting

2Sinsduetocastingevileyes

3Lewdnessandnakedness

4Hurtingothers

5Sinsofacceptingbribe
6DealingsinUsurioustransactions,etc.

Ifyouspentyourlifeinnegligence,thoughtlessnessandrecklessness,thenthismayGodforbidresultinabadendandloss
ofEeman(Faith).MayAllahhelpustoactupontheseinjunctions.Aameen!
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