Mujaddid: In Times Of Fitnah, “Those who stay aloof are better than those who attack and lead in front”

Mujaddid Alf-e-Thaani offers the following advice for those who have been caught up in times of turbulence and fitnah. The advice holds even more resonance and relevance today when such fitnah has increased manifold all over the Ummah:

I begin to write this letter with the Basmala. May hamd (grateful praise) be to Allahu ta’ala. I send my salams to and prayers for the good people chosen by Allahu ta’ala. I was very much pleased to read the letter from my brother Shaikh Hasan. Valuable pieces of knowledge and marifats were written in it. When I understood them, I became quite pleased. Thanks be to Allahu ta’ala, all the knowledge and kashfs which you wrote are correct. They are all agreeable with the Qur’an and hadiths. So are the right beliefs of the savants of Ahl as-sunnat. May Allahu ta’ala keep you on the right way. May He bless you with attaining high grades! You write that you have been striving to do away with the bidats that are so widespread. At such a time as this, when the darknesses of bidats are so prevalent, it is a very great blessing to bring about the annihilation of one bidat and to recover one of the forgotten sunnats. Our Prophet “sall-Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam’ states in a sahih hadith: “He who recovers one of my forgotten sunnats will receive as many thawabs as a hundred martyrs will receive!” The greatness of this deed must be inferred from this hadith. But, when doing this, there is an important subtlety to be observed. That is, while trying to recover one sunnat, we should not cause any fitna; one goodness should not give birth to a variety of problems or evils, for we are in the latest time. We are in a century when Muslims are weak and forlorn.

Do your best to educate and to bring up so as to be well-mannered and well-learned the late Mawlana Ahmad’s “rahmatullahi ta’ala ‘alaih’ children. Teach them spiritual and bodily adabs! Be an example for everybody you know and meet and even all your brothers- in-Islam there by obeying the Shariat and holding fast to the sunnat! Tell everybody about the harms of committing bidat, of disbelief! May Allahu ta’ala bless you with the lot of doing good deeds! May He give success to those who strive for the spreading of the Islamic din and for teaching it to the youngsters! May He protect us and our children against going astray by being deceived by the enemies of the din and virtue, by those who strive to demolish the Islamic din and steal the iman and morals of the pure youth, and by those who try to deceive the youngsters through lies and slanders! Amin.

My son! When fitna is widespread and fasads are abundant, it is time to repent and make istighfar. You must keep aloof and not participate in fitna. Fitna is growing and spreading each day. Our beloved Prophet “sallallahu alaihi wa sallam’ said: “As the Doomsday approaches, fitna will increase. It will resemble the increase in darkness as night begins. Many who leave their homes in the morning as Muslim, will return home as kafirs in the evening…” While they are Muslim in the evening, they will lose their belief during the night at places of amusement.

During such times, to stay at home is better than being involved in fitna. Those who stay aloof are better than those who attack and lead in front. On that day, break your arrows! Leave your weapons and swords! Address everybody with a smiling face and sweet words! Do not leave your house!”

[Maktubaat, Volume 3, Letter 105]

 

The Mujaddid appears to re-iterating the following advice found in numerous Ahadith:

Abu Musa al-Ashari said, The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said,

“Before the Hour comes, there will be a tribulation like patches of dark night. A man will get up a believer and go to sleep a kafir, or will go to sleep a believer and get up a kafir. The one who sits will be better than one who stands, and one who walks will be better than one who runs. Break your bows, cut their strings, and strike your swords against stones. If someone comes to kill any of you, then be like the better of the two sons of Adam. (i.e. do not fight back and resign yourself to your fate).” [Abu Dawud]

 

Abu Dharr said, The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) was riding a donkey and sat me behind him. He said,

“O Abu Dharr, if the people were suffering from such severe hunger that you could not even get up from your bed to go to the mosque, what would you do?”

I said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.”

He said, “Be decent and restrain yourself.”

Then he said, “O Abu Dharr, if the people were suffering from severe death (i e if a man were worth no more than a grave), what would you do? If the people were killing one another, until Hajarat al-Zayt (an area of Madinah) were submerged in blood, what would you do?”

I said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.”

He said, “Stay in your house and lock the door.”

I asked, “What if I am not left alone?”

He said, “Then be one of them.”

I said, “Should I take up my sword?”

He said, “If you did that, you would be joining them in their activities. No – if you fear that the brightness of the shining sword will disturb you, then cover your face with part of your clothing, and let him carry his own sin and your sin.” [Ahmad]

Abdullah ibn Masud said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say,

‘There will be many trials and those who sleep through them will better than those who lie down; those who lie down will be better than those who sit up; those who sit up will be better than those who stand up; those who stand up will better than those who walk, those who walk will be better than those who ride; and those who ride will be better than those who run.’

I said, ‘Messenger of Allah, when will that be?’

He said, ‘Those will be the days of killing, when a man will not even be safe from his companion.’

I asked, ‘What do you command me to do if I am still alive in that time?’

He said, ‘Restrain yourself and your hand and enter your house.’

I said, ‘Messenger of Allah, what do you think I should do if someone enters my house?’

He said, ‘Go to your room.’

I said, ‘What do you think I should do if someone enters my room?’

He said, ‘Go to your mosque and do such-and-such and hold their wrist and say, “My Lord is Allah,” until you die in that condition.'” [al-Hakim in al-Mustadrak]

 

The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said,

“There will be a tribulation in which one who is sleeping will be better than one who is lying down, one who is lying will be better than one who is sitting, one who is sitting will be better than on who is standing, one who is standing will be better than one who is walking, one who is walking will be better than one who is riding, and one who is riding will be better than one who is running; all of their dead will be in Hell.”

The Companion of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) who narrated this Hadith said, “O Messenger of Allah, when will that be?”

He said, “That will be the days of Harj (killing).”

He asked, “When will the days of Harj be?”

The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “When a man will not trust the person to whom he is speaking.”

The Companion asked, “What do you advise me to do if I live to see that?”

He said, “Restrain yourself, and go back to your place of residence.”

The Companion then asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what should I do if someone enters my neighbourhood to attack me?”

He said, “Go into your house.”

The Companion asked, “What if he enters my house?”

He said, “Go into the place where you pray and do this – and he folded his arms, – and say My Lord is Allah, until you die.”

Abu Bakrah said, The Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said,

“There will be a tribulation during which one who is lying down will be better than one who is sitting, one who is sitting will be better than one who is standing, one who is standing will be better than one who is walking, and one who is walking will be better than one who is running.”

Someone asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what do you advise me to do?”

He said, “Whoever has camels, let him stay with them, and whoever has land, let him stay in his land.”

Someone asked, “What about someone who does not have anything like that?”

He said, “Then let him take his sword and strike its edge against a stone, then go as far away as possible.”

[Abu Dawud; Similar Hadith in Muslim]

At the time of the Fitnah of Uthman ibn Affans Khilafah (Caliphate), Sad ibn Abi Waqqas said, I bear witness that the Prophet said,

“There will come a tribulation during which one who sits will be better than one who stands, one who stands will be better than one who walks, and one who walks will be better than one who runs.”

Someone asked, “What do you advise if someone enters my house to kill me?”

He said, “Be like the son of Adam (i.e. resign yourself to Allah’s fate).”

[Muslim, Tirmidhi]

 

 

4 thoughts on “Mujaddid: In Times Of Fitnah, “Those who stay aloof are better than those who attack and lead in front”

  1. shah Agha Mujadidi

    May Allah Bless on all Muslim. As i read the Hadith of Our Holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) , I moved . In fact personnally when I go t mosques , I hear different in terpretation and I fear and often stay aloof and silent and cannot argue so that not becom a fetna.

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  2. Riaaz

    Asalaamualaikum

    Dearest Brother,
    Recently i read a wonderful article on the Reliable Fatwas website regardin the attitude of the Ulamaah e haqqs hatred and breaking of ties from the ahle Bidah.

    I cannot seem to locate it anymore.
    Pls can you lead me in the right direction.

    Wasalaam

    Riaaz

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