Countering Tribulations with Righteous Deeds


In places of Fitan and disasters, many people become occupied in following events and become over-enthusiastic in it. In addition, gatherings become filled with talk of  ‘I heard, I saw, I think, if it was like this it would have been better, if this was put first or if that was delayed it would have been more appropriate’ etc such that it takes away their concern for the recommended supererogatory acts and they perhaps fall short of the obligatory acts, or they delay the prayer from its set time due to them having spent the night in debates for example, or they abandon some of their livelihood or the rights of their wives and children.


Abu Hurayrah narrates that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said,

‘By (righteous) deeds, prepare for Fitan which is like a piece of the dark night wherein a man will wake up as a believer and pass the evening as a disbeliever, or wherein he will enter the evening as a believer and in the morning come as a disbeliever. He will sell his religion for a temporal gain of this World.’

[Sahih Muslim, al-Tirmidhi, Ahmad]


Al-Hasan al-Basri said regarding this narration,

‘A man will wake up prohibiting the blood, honour and wealth of his brother but he shall enter the evening making it permissible.

And he will pass the evening prohibiting the blood, honour and wealth of his brother but he shall come in the morning making it permissible.’



Abu Hurayrah narrates that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said,

‘Prepare for 6 things by doing (righteous) deeds: The Anti-Christ, the Smoke, the Beast of the Earth, the Rising of the Sun from the East, the matter of the masses and the personal issues of each of you.’

[Sahih Muslim]


Umm Salamah said,

‘The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) woke up one night in a frightened state saying, ‘Subhanallah! What has Allah sent down from the Stores and what has come of Fitan? Who will wake up the people of the house – i.e. his wives – so that they may pray? Perhaps a clothed one in this world will be naked in the Hereafter.’



Righteous good deeds are a means of remaining steadfast upon the Truth.

Allah Ta’ala said,

“…But if they had done what they were told, it would have been better for them, and would have strengthened their (Faith)”

[al-Nisa: 66]


[‘Basa’ir fil Fitan’, page-49]


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