Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Friday 25th January 2019 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)

In Arabic the word ‘fitnah’ was originally used to stress-test gold in order to purify it from mixed substances. It is now commonly used to show how Allah tests a believer to see if they will be pure or turn away from His mercy. We are surrounded by tests, both major and minor; in politics, history and in our personal life. These trials have been foretold by Allāh and His Rasūl ﷺ and many examples throughout history have been illustrated in this talk.

These tests, however, should not make us despondent in life. Rather we should respond to them with good deeds, silence, patience, taqwa and realising that our aim should be for the hereafter.

Below are some of the timecodes and topics for this talk:

7:22 – The purpose of our creation
16:00 – The Prophet ﷺ foretelling fitan
28:28 – Fitnah in our spouses, families and children
38:00 – Meaning of fitan in the minor sense
49:08 – Meaning of fitan in the major sense
57:10 – The great sahabi ‘Uthmān ibn Maẓ’ūn r.a
1:06:19 – The great fitnah after Umar r.a
1:16:08 – Fitnah being stoked by the munāfiqūn
1:25:10 – How we should respond to fitan

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