Prophetic Guidance in Times of Tribulation

Commands of Prophet Muhammad (saw) at time of Fitnah (trials and tribulations):


1: Abu Bakar said, The Prophet said, There will be a tribulation during which one who is lying down will be better than one who is sitting, one who is sitting will be better than one who is standing, one who is standing will be better than one who is walking, and one who is walking will be better than one who is running. Someone asked, O Messenger of Allah, what do you advise me to do? He said, Whoever has camels, let him stay with them, and whoever has land, let him stay in his land. Someone asked, What about someone who does not have anything like that? He said, Then let him TAKE HIS SWORD AND STRIKE ITS EDGE AGAINST A STONE, THEN GO AS FAR AWAY AS POSSIBLE. (Abu Dawud; similar Hadith in Muslim.)

2: At the time of the Fitnah of Uthman ibn Affans Khilafah (Caliphate), Sad ibn Abi Waqqas said, I bear witness that the Prophet said, There will come a tribulation during which one who sits will be better than one who stands, one who stands will be better than one who walks, and one who walks will be better than one who runs. Someone asked, What do you advise if someone enters my house to kill me? He said, BE LIKE THE SON OF ADAM (ie resign yourself). (Muslim, Tirmidhi.)

3: Abu Musa al-Ashari said, The Prophet said, Before the Hour comes, there will be a tribulation like patches of dark night. A man will get up a believer and go to sleep a kafir, or will go to sleep a believer and get up a kafir. The one who sits will be better than one who stands, and one who walks will be better than one who runs. BREAK YOUR BOWS, CUT THEIR STRINGS, AND STRIKE YOUR SWORDS AGAINST STONES. If someone comes to kill any of you, then BE LIKE THE BETTER OF THE TWO SONS OF ADAM. (Abu Dawud.)

4: Abu Dharr said, The Prophet was riding a donkey and sat me behind him. He said, O Abu Dharr, if the people were suffering from such severe hunger that you could not even get up from your bed to go to the mosque, what would you do? I said, Allah and His Messenger know best. He said, Be decent and restrain yourself. Then he said, O Abu Dharr, if the people were suffering from severe death (i e if a man were worth no more than a grave), what would you do? If the people were killing one another, until Hajarat al-Zayt (an area of Madinah) were submerged in blood, what would you do? I said, Allah and His Messenger know best. He said, STAY IN YOUR HOUSE AND LOCK THE DOOR. I asked, What if I am not left alone? He said, Then be one of them. I said, Should I take up my sword? He said, IF YOU DID THAT, YOU WOULD BE JOINING THEM IN THEIR ACTIVITIES. No - if you fear that the brightness of the shining sword will disturb you, then COVER YOUR FACE WITH PART OF YOUR CLOTHING, AND LET HIM CARRY HIS OWN SIN AND YOUR SIN. (Ahmad.)

Sources [Trials and tribulations in books of Muslim, Abu Dawood, Tirmidhi and Ahmed]

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