Silence in the Time of Fitnah

1st April by Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil Ar-Rabbani

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There is a saying of Sayyidina ‘Ali Karrama Llahu Wajhahu (May Allah exalt his face) or maybe someone else. “ِهَذَا زَمَنُ السُّكُوتِ وَمُلازَمَةُ البُيُوت.” “This is the time of silence and staying at home.” It is not a Hadith but the saying of a holy one that came later. The time of Fitnah; it was the time of Fitnah back then, but now there is much more Fitnah. That holy one said it is the time to keep quiet and to stay at home. When you talk, in order not to harm yourself and not to interact much with anyone; in order not to harm yourself and others by talking too much, it is better to keep quiet.

There is much more Fitnah in this time. There is a great Fitnah. And there is an even greater danger. Therefore, no need to talk about needless things. And no need to go to needless places much. People should stay at home more so that they are protected from this Fitnah. Even if it is not apparent, it is much better from the spiritual side. People will be safer.

Contrarily, people of the present time strive to talk. No matter what, they want to talk. They want others to listen to them and want to attract people to themselves. They were unable to get on TV before. Now they have their own TV’s. They make live broadcasts and do things for everyone to like them, to like their speech. Their speech is harm to everyone and to themselves. May Allah ﷻ protect us.

Therefore, keeping quiet is a virtue. Our Holy Prophet salla Llāhu ‘alayhi wa-sallam said, “فَلْيَقُلْ خَيْراً أَوْ لِيَصْمُتْ”, “Speak good or remain silent.” – Let them say something good or keep quiet. If they want to say something bad, it is better that they don’t say anything at all. Because when someone talks, angels write it down. And it is difficult for people to take their word back after they have said it. If you take it back, you lose your esteem then. And if you don’t take it back, you still lose your esteem. It turns you into a person with no esteem.

Words are not easy. Therefore, when people talk, they must know what they are talking about. May Allah ﷻ make us all from those who say good things insha’Allah. 

Wa min Allah at-Tawfiq. Al-Fatiha.

Mawlana Sheikh Muhammad Adil ar-Rabbani

1st April 2023/ 11th Ramadhan 1444

Fajr Prayer, Akbaba Dergah, Istanbul

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