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A Warning Against Hastening Towards Fitan (Trials)

Shaikh Abdur Razzaaq Al-Badr (may Allaah preserve him ) said, “From the (evil) effects and consequences of Fitan (trials) is that indeed the one who enters into a Fitna (a trial) and is embroiled in it will come back with destructive consequences and will not attain good. He will come back with destructive consequences and evil end results, and at the same time he does not attain good. Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) studied a number of trials that took place during eras before his and scrutinized them in his book Minhaajus Sunnah – a beautiful and beneficial (scrutiny) regarding the (evil) end results of trial- and said, ‘’Few are those who rebel against the one in authority (i.e. the rulers) except that the evil that comes about from his actions is greater than what comes about of good.” He (i.e. Shaikhul Islaam) mentioned many examples of Fitan that have taken place, then he summarized the end results and consequences of those Fitan and said, “Neither did they establish (the) Religious affairs nor did they maintain (or preserve) the worldly affairs”.  That is: those who embarked upon those Fitan and hastened towards them – they neither established  (the) religion nor maintained (or preserved) the worldly affairs because when Fitnah is unleashed, killing takes place, murder becomes numerous, the people become excited, trial occurs and the evil consequences, (then) the incitement behind the trial will not bring about any good. [Slightly paraphrased]

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