Those who are tested

14 Jan

Address by Shaykh Omar Bakri Muhammad to the Aseer


Allah (SWT) said:


“And certainly, We shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to As-Saabireen (the patient, steadfast ones, etc.).” (EMQ al-Baqarah, 2:155)


And Allah (SWT) also says:


“…And We shall make a trial of you with evil and with good, and to Us you will be returned.” (EMQ al-Anbiyaa’, 21:35)


And in another Aayah, Allah (SWT) says:


“Do people think that they will be left alone because they say: “We believe,” and will not be put under trial (tested).” (EMQ al-‘Ankaboot, 29:2)


And the Messenger Muhammad (SAW) said:


“The greatness of the reward matches the severity of the test (trial). Verily, when Allah loves a people He will test them (with trials and afflictions). So he who is pleased (with the decree of Allah), his reward is His (Allah’s) pleasure, and he who is displeased (with Allah), his reward is (Allah’s) anger.” (Sunan ibn Maajah, Book 36, Chapter 23, Hadeeth no. 4031)


No doubt, those with high Imaan will be tested more than others. It is reported that Sa’d bin Abee Waqqaas (Radiyallahu ‘Anhu) asked the Messenger Muhammad (SAW), “O Messenger of Allah, who of the people is subjected to the severest of trials?” Allah’s Messenger (SAW) replied:


“(The people who are tested most are) the Prophets, and then those who are righteous, and then those who are similar to them. A man will be put to trial according to his Deen. If his Deen was strong, his test will be more severe. But if his Deen was weak, then he will be tested according to it. And the calamity (tests) will continue to afflict the servant until it leaves him to walk on the earth free from sins.” (Sunan ibn Maajah, Book 36, Chapter 23, Hadeeth no. 4023)


Dear brothers and sisters, we know that many brothers today have been tested and afflicted with severe trials, and as a consequence they are now behind bars; we have seen them and heard about them – Abu Baraa’, Abu Wala’, Abu Maryam, Abu Yahya, brother Fahad, and not to mention our beloved brothers, Sheikh Abu Qatada, Sheikh Abu Hamza and many other brothers. We have seen how they have been tested. And it has been proven that their Deen is much better than our Deen, because the one who is tested and suffers more because of his Deen, his Imaan is greater than anyone else’s, as mentioned in the hadeeth.


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