Fitna will increase as we get closer to the Day of Judgement. One form of this fitna is sin. Another form of this fitna is disunity. A hadith states that Imam Mehdi will only come to Earth when the Ummah is completely fragmented. At present, though the Ummah may be quite disunited, every group still adheres to one leader. Whether it’s in the field of Tasawwuf, Ilm or Tableegh – each group has its leader. A time will come when there will be no leader at all, which is when the Ummah will be ready for Imam Mahdi to make his appearance.
If we live we will see this Ummah disunite further into even more fragments. During such times, it is important to remain neutral, to guard our tongue and to not express joy/happiness over the downfall over another group. You may have had an argument with someone from another group and now their Islamic work is taking a knock (i.e. regressing). Do not take joy in watching this.
Sometimes, we are ignorant in thinking that Tassawuf, Darul Ulooms and Tableegh are separate works. So if tableeghi work goes downhill, those in the field of tassawuf suggest that it’s due to lack of Islaah. Hence they have gone downhill. This is an incorrect attitude. Remember, the work of deen is not confined to a person. If any dispute takes place in that work, then we should keep the Islamic work above that dispute. It is above any dispute, we should continue serving deen. Back in the days, Darul Uloom Deoband in India had great disputes. But did the entire Darul Uloom come crumbling down? No.
Therefore, always remain neutral in times of dispute, and make dua that Allah protects this Ummah from fitna. When shaytaan makes such a concerted effort to break up the works of deen, we should become even more adamant to preserve it. Because we are working together not against each other, so if anyone’s work breaks down, a weakness will enter into our work of deen. Then it will be detrimental for all of us.
May Allah gant us the tawfiq to make amal, aameen.
— Hazrat Maulana Dawood Seedat حفظه الله
Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk in Pietermaritzburg on 7/2/2017. To listen to the full audio, please click here.