(excerpt from The Beginning of The End)

Being the best Ummah (3:110) is indeed a blessing from our Creator. Of course, we have the benefit of being blessed with the best of His prophets too in Nabi Muhammad صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ.  Undoubtedly, the Ummah has been warned of many trials and tribulations. Some of those trials have come to pass whilst others are unfolding every single day in the historical process. Each of the prophesized signs are considered as trials, and the emergence of each sign will increase in the intensity of the tribulations until the mother of all tribulations viz. Dajjāl will appear.

 

Regarding the tribulations, the Beloved Prophet صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ warned us that many of the forthcoming trials will be as a result of disobedience. This may be further understood by the premise of ‘cause and effect’ in the realm of the actions and deeds of the Ummah. He صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ specifically indicated the effects of five trials as a corollary of disobedience as the following narrations elucidates,

 

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُمَرَ، قَالَ أَقْبَلَ عَلَيْنَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ فَقَالَ‏ يَا مَعْشَرَ الْمُهَاجِرِينَ خَمْسٌ إِذَا ابْتُلِيتُمْ بِهِنَّ وَأَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ أَنْ تُدْرِكُوهُنَّ لَمْ تَظْهَرِ الْفَاحِشَةُ فِي قَوْمٍ قَطُّ حَتَّى يُعْلِنُوا بِهَا إِلاَّ فَشَا فِيهِمُ الطَّاعُونُ وَالأَوْجَاعُ الَّتِي لَمْ تَكُنْ مَضَتْ فِي أَسْلاَفِهِمُ الَّذِينَ مَضَوْا ‏.‏ وَلَمْ يَنْقُصُوا الْمِكْيَالَ وَالْمِيزَانَ إِلاَّ أُخِذُوا بِالسِّنِينَ وَشِدَّةِ الْمَؤُنَةِ وَجَوْرِ السُّلْطَانِ عَلَيْهِمْ ‏.‏ وَلَمْ يَمْنَعُوا زَكَاةَ أَمْوَالِهِمْ إِلاَّ مُنِعُوا الْقَطْرَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ وَلَوْلاَ الْبَهَائِمُ لَمْ يُمْطَرُوا وَلَمْ يَنْقُضُوا عَهْدَ اللَّهِ وَعَهْدَ رَسُولِهِ إِلاَّ سَلَّطَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمْ عَدُوًّا مِنْ غَيْرِهِمْ فَأَخَذُوا بَعْضَ مَا فِي أَيْدِيهِمْ ‏.‏ وَمَا لَمْ تَحْكُمْ أَئِمَّتُهُمْ بِكِتَابِ اللَّهِ وَيَتَخَيَّرُوا مِمَّا أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ إِلاَّ جَعَلَ اللَّهُ بَأْسَهُمْ بَيْنَهُمْ

It was narrated that Sayyidunā Abdullāh bin Umar رَضِیَ اللّٰہُ عَنْہُ said: “The Messenger صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ of Allāh عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ turned to us and said, ‘O Muhājirun[1], there are five things with which you will be tested, and I seek refuge with Allāh عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ lest you live to see them: (1) Sexual promiscuity never appears among a people to such an extent that they commit it openly, but plagues and diseases that were never known among the predecessors will spread among them.  (2) They do not cheat in weights and measures but they will be stricken with famine, severe calamity and the oppression of their rulers. (3) They do not withhold the Zakāh[2] of their wealth, but rain will be withheld from the sky, and were it not for the animals, no rain would fall on them. (4) They do not break their covenant with Allāh عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ and His Messenger صَلَّی اللّٰہُ عَلَیْہِ وَسَلَّمَ, but Allāh عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ will enable their enemies to overpower them and take some of what is in their hands. (5) And unless their leaders rule according to the Book of Allāh and seek all good from that which Allāh عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ has revealed, Allāh عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ will cause them to fight one another.’”[3]

[1]Muhājirūn – Pl. of Muhājir in reference to those who migrated from Makkah to Madīnah.

[2] Zakāh – in reference to one of the five pillars of Islām in which Muslims are obliged to give charity to poor deserving Muslims if they can afford to do so.

[3] Sunan Ibn Mājah – Book of Trials, Chapter on Punishments, Hadīth 4019