Trials and tribulations are from the Signs of the Last Hour

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Question: The occurrence of much trials and tribulations, as well as [serious] incidents and jealousy has been noted during these times – so is this from the signs of the Last Hour?

Response: No doubt; [the occurrence of] trials and tribulations are from the signs of the Last Hour – and there is no might nor power except with Allaah.

So the Muslim must ask Allaah for protection from the trials and tribulations; and when they occur, then he should not take part in them.

[Rather], he should distance himself from them and [instead] occupy himself with worship; and [engaging oneself in] worship during the period of pandemonium is equivalent to making hijrah to the Messenger of Allaah ﷺ – as [has been related] in the hadeeth.

[So] he should engage in worship, and not enter into and take part in the trials and tribulations – [rather] he should distance himself from them.

And when the Prophet ﷺ mentioned to Hudhayfah about what was going on of the trials and tribulations, and the presence of callers to it – callers at the gates of Hell, he said:

‘So what do you command me with if I should encounter that O Messenger of Allaah?’

[And] he said:

«That you hold firm to the jamaa’ah of the Muslims and their imaam.» Transmitted by al-Bukhaaree, no.7084

And this is from the greatest of that which protects [one] from the trials and tribulations – that the Muslim aligns himself to the jamaa’ah of the Muslims and the imaam of the Muslims.

[So] he said:

‘O Messenger of Allaah, and what if they have no jamaa’ah and no imaam?’

[And] he said:

«Then stay away from all of those groups, even if you must bite on to the roots of a tree, until death overtakes you while you are in that state.» Transmitted by al-Bukhaaree, no.7084

Translation originally published on 16 February, 2015

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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