Hadeeth Forty: The Means to Escape the Trial which Befalls the People


From Abdullaah ibn Mas‘ood (radiyallaahu ‘anhumaa) who said:

How will you be when you are covered by a trial in which the young grow up and the old become infirm. If anything of it is abandoned it is said: The Sunnah has been abandoned. It was said: When will that occur, O Aboo ‘Abdur Rahmaan? He said: When your scholars pass away, and those ignorant amongst you become many; when those who recite amongst you are many, but those who have understanding of the Religion are few; when your leaders are many, but those who are trustworthy are few; when this world is sought with actions of the Hereafter; and when knowledge is sought for other than the Religion.[1]


So the means of escape is to follow the example provided for us! Indeed obeying and following Allaah’s Messenger () is the greatest escape from the trials which envelop us, and it is the greatest lantern showing the way in the depths of the darkness of ignorance. So by knowing his () Sunnah, that which is worthless will be uncovered, that which is false will be exposed, the affairs will be returned to their true state and the hidden signposts will be made manifest. Then there will be no place for those who pretend to have knowledge, nor for the envious, nor for one boldly speaking beyond the limits, nor for those who rant carelessly. So the Sunnah is a guiding light. He who knows it has attained great good, and he who is ignorant of it will meet great evil. So for Allaah, for Allaah, O servants of Allaah, learn, and act, and fear Allaah and obey Him that you may be shown mercy.


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[1] Reported by ad-Daarimee (1/64), al-Laalikaa‘ee (no.123), al-Haakim(4/514) and others, and its chain of narration is saheeh from him and it is something that is: ‘Authentically reported from Ibn Mas ‘ood as being his words (mawqoof) and it has the ruling of being something said by the Prophet () (marfoo‘).’ From Qiyaamur Ramadaan (p.4) of our Shaikh al-Albaanee (hafidhahullaah).