The Signs of the Age of Fitnah (Trials) Part 1

All praise is for Allah. We praise Him and seek His help and seek His forgiveness and believe in Him and rely on Him. We seek refuge with Him from the evils of our souls and from the vices of our deeds. There is none to misguide him whom He guides and there is none to guide him whom He lets go astray. We bear witness that there is no god but Allah the One Who has no partner. We also bear witness that our sire, and our authority and our Prophet and our Master, Muhammad (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) is His servant and His Messenger. May Almighty Allah have mercy on him, his household and bless and salute them all in great abundance.
The Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) was commissioned as a Prophet for all peoples of the world till the Day of Judgment. To day I want to say something briefly about such a theme of the teachings of the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) as is very necessary today but is generally overlooked. Almighty Allah sent the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) to this world as the last of the Prophets (Alaihe Salatu Wassallam), thus finalizing with him (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) the chain of Prophet hood. Another distinction which Allah bestowed upon him (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) over other Prophets, is that the latter Prophets (Alaihe Salatu Wassallam) were sent to some particular people residing in a particular land in a particular age. Their teachings and preaching were-confined to territory. For example, Sayyidn'a Moosa (Moses) (Alaihe Salatu Wassallam) sent to the Children of Israel, living in Egypt, his prophet hood was limited only to this community and this territory As against this, the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) was sent to the entire world and entire humanity and for all times till the Day of Judgment. The Holy Qu’ran bears witness to this fact:
And We have not sent you (O Muhammad) but as a bringer of good tidings and as a Warner to all mankind..(34:28 )
The words of all mankind' imply all human wherever and in whatever age they are living. This clearly that his prophet hood was not confined only to Arabian Peninsulas nor to any particular age. His prophet hood encompassed all periods and ages till Day of Judgment.

His teachings and injunctions shall remain valid, effective and in force till Judgment. As already pointed out his (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) teaching are not confined to any particular age and apply to every walk of life. These teachings consist of two aspects:
prescribes the rules of the Shari 'ah concerning lawful, unlawful, desirable, permissible, and other aspect.
predicts the events which will confront the Ummah in the times to come, and how the Ummah should tackle these events.
Prediction about future events:
This second aspect is also a very important part of the teachings of the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) in which, peeping into the future through the light of his Prophethood, he (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) has informed his Ummah (all human being including his followers) of many future events and the ways how the members of his Ummah should tackle these events, so as to remain on the right path of Deen. Today I want to say something on this second aspect of the Prophet's teachings.
Anxiety for the salvation of the Ummah:
The Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) always remained concerned about the good of his Ummah. It occurs in a narrative:
The Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) always remained drowned deep in some worry, grief.
What was the cause of this anxiety and grief? it was indeed not about collecting worldly resources, nor about improving his own honor and status among his community. The grief under which he was pining was about how to save from Hell-Fire the people to whom he had been sent; how to divert them from the path of error and to guide them to the straight path of right guidance. Finding His Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) drowned in such grief Allah has frequently revealed verses to advise the Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) to give up such pining and fretting. Thus, Allah has said:
It may be that you will torment your soul that they do not become believers. (18:6)
This verse indicates how concerned the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) was about the right guidance of his Ummah on to the path of Eeman (Faith). He (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) is reported to have said in a Hadith (his saying or action) :
My example is like that man who kindles fires and seeing the fire, the moths begin to fall on the flames. The man tries to keep the moths away from the flames to save them from being burnt in the flames. In the same way I am (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) trying to save you from Hell-Fire by holding you back by your waists, but you are rushing into the Fire.
So concerned did the Holy Prophet (Sallaho Alaihe Wassallam) feel about the right guidance of his Ummah, including also those who were yet to come to the world!

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(Extract from "ISLAHI KHUTBAAT" Discourses on Islamic Way of Life by Justice Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani English translation by Iqbal Hussain Ansari Published by Darul Isha'at Karachi Pakistan. Based on two hours of urdu audio lectures) 

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