Times of Fitnah

[These are rough notes of a talk delivered by Shaykh Kamaluddin Ahmed (db) on Jan. 07, 2016]

Most Muslims are struggling even with the very basics – a large segment of the ummah is suffering from conflict, from hunger etc. There is another group from this ummah whom Allah swt has blessed – they aren’t suffering from hunger; they have wealth, health and food, but they’ve become completely lost in dunya. They are chasing the dunya – they have extra cars, extra money, extra homes. Their whole way of life is dunya-orientated and they have no care, no khidmah towards those people in the ummah who are suffering.

These people only care about their nafs, their ‘aql and their dunya. Even those who by other standard of measurements are religious; they pray salah, they do ‘umrah but their love for dunya doesn’t leave them. They have this materialistic love. They are so deeply lost that they can’t turn the dunya off even when they make du’a, or when they pray salah.

Even the religious ones can be caught in this love for dunya and the traps of nafs and shaytan. It was easier to be a strong practising believer in simpler times. It is much more difficult to practise deen now, but Allah swt does relative marking. He swt will grade us relative to the people who were in the same time and culture as us.

For the early believers, relative marking would be very high – they had a lot of great muttaqin! Their grading would be higher. There are Muslims in the society around us who are so distant from Allah swt e.g. they don’t pray. They no longer feel anything for Allah swt. Allah swt said:

يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلنَّاسُ أَنتُمُ ٱلۡفُقَرَآءُ إِلَى ٱللَّهِۖ
O men, you are the ones who need Allah [35:15]

O’ people, you are absolutely needy. To be human is to need Allah. To be human is to naturally, intrinsically, inherently need Allah. But the problem is, most people don’t accept this need. The ones who have no difficulties should feel compassion for those who are facing problems. One way we should feel this is via the remembrance of Allah. The more we remember Allah, the more the feeling of shame and haya one will have; the more compassion they will feel for others.

People make a mistake that they think they they don’t feel the need to do muraqaba; they don’t feel needy of these things. They don’t feel the need to pray salah. We need Allah swt; Allah swt does not need us! We need to also feel compassion for our own self and others. We need to have some rabt, some connection with the needy.

Nabi sws had a pure heart; he taught us how to love Allah swt. If you really want to love Allah swt, you need to follow me.

قُلۡ إِن كُنتُمۡ تُحِبُّونَ ٱللَّهَ فَٱتَّبِعُونِى يُحۡبِبۡكُمُ ٱللَّهُ وَيَغۡفِرۡ لَكُمۡ ذُنُوبَكُمۡ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ غَفُورٌ۬ رَّحِيمٌ۬
Say (O Prophet): “If you really love Allah, then follow me, and Allah shall love you and forgive you your sins. Allah is Most-Forgiving, Very-Merciful.” [3:31]

In times of fitna, you need to think what would Rasalullah sws would do in this situation? What would he want me to do? We need to figure this out. How did he pray? How did he walk? When a person is in fitna, a society of fitna, a time of fitna, a relationship of fitna, a culture of fitna – what is a person supposed to do? Their iman gets affected.

It doesn’t mean they lose faith, the basic concept of their faith remains, but their faith fades. They might doubt some verse/hadith/some ruling or some scholar. They start getting these creeping thoughts that haunts them. We should follow the hidayah and get the true peace and happiness from truly following that guidance. A person should remain firm and steadfast on their ‘ibadah and dhikr and on their religious obligations; they should stay away from all sin and prohibitions.

It is no rocket science – in times of fitna, you need to hold on and remain steadfast even more firmly. We must focus on our religious obligation in this day and age. We need to focus on our worship and make du’a to Allah swt. We need to do it with feeling.


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