upon you is [responsibility for] yourselves

Auther : Dr. Mohammed Bakr Ismail
Article translated to : العربية हिन्दी اردو

Abu Umayyah ash-Sha'bani said:

"I asked Abu Tha'labah al-Khushani, may Allah be pleased with him: What is your opinion about the verse "upon you is [responsibility for] yourselves". Quran (5:105)

He said: I swear by Allah, I asked the one who was well informed about it; I asked the Messenger of Allah, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, about it.

He said: enjoin one another to do what is good and forbid one another to do what is evil.

But when you see niggardliness being obeyed, passion being followed, worldly interests being preferred, everyone being charmed with his opinion, then care for yourself, and leave alone what people in general are doing; for ahead of you are days which will require endurance, in which showing endurance will be like grasping live coals. The one who acts rightly during that period will have the reward of fifty men who act as he does.

Another version has: He said (The hearers asked:) Messenger of Allah, the reward of fifty of them?

He replied: The reward of fifty of you.”

Many are the Hadiths concerning seditions, consequently the Prophetic traditions to confront them are innumerable. The Prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, is kind and merciful to the believers. He fears that they will be trialed in their religion to the extent that their faith is afflicted, or that they find unbearable hardship. He, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, used to inform them about what happened to the former nations and what will happen after him of the things they shall reject.

His companions, may Allah be pleased with them, used to ask him about what will happen by the end of time, he would answer their questions, and increases them in knowledge of what they did not ask about. Some of his companions, may Allah be pleased with them, was keen to memorize what the Prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, informed about the seditions, and spread it among the people, like Huzaifa bin Al-Yaman, Abu Tha`labah Al-Khushani the narrator of this Hadith and others

We need to know the seditions about which Allah and His Messenger informed us to be aware of and to protect ourselves against them. Moreover, to take prerequisites to confront them, or to escape from them.

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