The Meaning of ‘Fitnah’

An excerpt from the lecture, ‘The Pursuit of Perfection
Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Sunday 16th December 2018 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)

Full talk: The Pursuit of Perfection

The word ‘fitnah’ is often translated and understood to mean a test. It is regularly used when a person is undergoing a difficult time, but where does the meaning of fitnah originally come from?

Allah uses the word fitnah in many places in the Quran; including when he describes a person’s wealth, spouse and children to be a fitnah. Rasulullah ﷺ has also foretold that a person will experience many fittan (plural of fitnah) throughout their life, where the subsequent ones will be greater than the previous ones.

Find out in this excerpt the original meaning of ‘fitnah’ and how it is used in relation to the Quran and Hadith.

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