Importance of Learning Quran and Sunnah in the time of Distress.
We are living in Dour-e-Fitan , a time of serious distress and religious ignorance. We have turned away from serving ALLAH (SWT) and following the teachings of The Holy Prophet (ﷺ). The whole nation suffers from shame and humiliation. There is a trend of misleading, ignorance, insurgency, bloodshed and dissatisfaction that rules most of the Muslim countries around the world. This is a result of our actions. In this verse Allah (SWT) clarified our worst state of affairs.
سَتَکُوْنُ فِتَنٌ یُّصْبِحُ الرَّجُلَ فِیْھَا مُؤْمِناً وَّ یُمْسِیْ کَافِراً اِلَّا مَنْ اَحْیَاہُ اللہُ بِالْعِلْمِ۔
(ابن ماجہ، السنن، کتاب الفتن، 1305/2، رقم الحدیث: 3954)
Soon there will be many fitnahs in which a person will be Muslim in the morning and non-Muslim in the evening, except a person whom ALLAH saves through knowledge.
The above Ahadith mentions the reasons of the current time of distress and also describe the path of Salvation. Surah Nahal verse number: 112 accentuates that appreciating ALLAH’s blessings increases His generosity. We have to repent for being ungrateful and disobedient. According to the Ahadith there are two acts that are the path of salvation.
- Struggle to spread knowledge and awareness. (اِلَّا مَنْ اَحْیَا ہُ اللہُ بِالْعِلْمِ)
- Propagation calls towards the Truth. (لَتَاْمُرُنَّ بِالْمَعْرُوْفِ وَلَتَنْھَوُنَّ عَنِ الْمُنْکَرِ)
Those who have knowledge and those who struggle to order others to do good deeds and avoid sins can save their faith in the time of fitnah. So, only the struggle which is based upon the correct knowledge can be successful. Struggle with ignorance and misguidance cannot protect the faith.
E Quran College invites you to meditate, because if we want to protect our and our next generation’s Iman in this time of fitnah, we must struggle for Amr-Bil-Maroof Wa Nahi ‘Anil-Munkar (order for acknowledged virtues and forbid from sins) in the light of knowledge. This struggle is more effective on a collective level rather than individual. ALLAH (SWT) says:
وَلْتَكُنْ مِّنْكُمْ أُمَّةٌ يَّدْعُوْنَ إِلَى الْخَيْرِ وَيَأْمُرُوْنَ بِالْمَعْرُوْفِ وَيَنْهَوْنَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ ۚ وَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُفْلِحُوْنَ –
(آل عمران، 104:3)
And from amongst you there must be a community comprising the people who invite mankind towards piety, enjoin righteousness and forbid evil. And they are the successful people.
Describing the benefit of collective struggle, The Holy Prophet ﷺ said:
لَا یَجْمَعُ اللہُ ھٰذِہٖ الْاُمَّۃَ عَلَی الضَّلَالَۃِ اَبَدًا، یَدُ اللہِ عَلَی الْجَمَاعَۃِ فَاتَّبِعُوْا السَّوَادَ الْاَعْظَمَ فَاِنَّہٗ مَنْ شَذَّ شُذَّ فِی النَّارِ-
(حاکم، المستدرک، 1/99، رقم الحدیث، 391)
ALLAH will never unite this Ummah (Community) in agreement upon an error. ALLAH’s hand (of power and protection) is upon the collective body, so follow the great majority, for the one who breaks away (from the collective body) is cast into the fire of Hell.
May ALLAH (SWT) grant us the ability to protect our faith and the faith of our generations. Ameen.