The Effects of Fitan
Author: ʿAbd al-Razzāq al-Badr
Paperback: 45 pages
He who does not know Fitan; and does not know its effects, outcomes and commonalities perhaps he will fall into some of it and be stained with it, and it will cause harm to his life; then after that what reached him of regret overtakes him.
Knowing the effects of Fitan serves as a great benefit for the servant, and is useful to him as a tremendous benefit because it is from examining outcomes and consequences of matters.
This is considered to be from the servant’s sound judgment. Meaning, that before he embarks upon an affair he examines its outcome and effects. Because of this it is mentioned in the Seerah of Imam Ahmad, may Allaah have mercy upon him, that a group of scholars from Baghdad came to him, may Allaah have mercy upon him, in his house and said,
O’ Aba ‘Abdillah, this matter has indeed become serious and spread—meaning proclaiming openly the statement that the Quran is created, and so forth—so Abu ‘Abdillah said to them, “What do you want? They said, “That we seek your counsel concerning that we are not pleased with his command and authority! So Abu ‘Abdillah debated with them for an hour, and he said to them, “It is obligatory upon you to deny it with your hearts and do not remove your hand from obedience (to the ruler), do not rebel against the Muslims, do not shed your blood nor the blood of the muslims along with you. Analyze the outcome of your affair and be patient until a righteous person is relieved or relief is given from a wicked person.”