Women: Man’s Greatest Tribulation

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Usamah ibn Zayd (radiAllahu ‘anhu — may Allah be pleased with them) narrated that the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam — peace be upon him) said, “I have not left after me any fitnah (trial) more harmful upon the men then the women.” [Agreed upon].

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih ibn Al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullah — may Allah have mercy upon him) said explaining this hadith: The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) informed us that he didn’t leave a greater fitnah upon men than women, and that is because people are as Allah ta’ala (the exalted) said:

“Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire – of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land.” — Surah Aali-Imran (3) : 14

All of these are from what has been made beautiful to mankind in this Dunya (worldly life) and became a means of fitnah for them, but women are the greatest fitnah. That is why Allah started his statement with:

“Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire – of women”

The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) informed of that intending to warn of women’s fitnah and so that people could be cautious of them. That is because people are human; if they’re presented with the fitnah then they’ll become scared of it.

Benefits of the hadith: It is obligatory to block every avenue of fitnah with women. Also, it’s obligatory for the women to cover themselves from foreign (i.e., non-family) men; covering her face, hands, and legs as many people of knowledge view. It is also obligatory to stay far away from mixing with men because with men is fitnah. It is also a cause for evil from two angles: 1-  from the angle of the men, and 2- from the angle of the women. With this, The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “The best ranks for the men are in the front and the worst are at the end. The best ranks for the women are at the back and the worst are in the front.” That is so that the women is far from the man, and the further they are the better.

The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) used to order the women to to go out to the ‘Eid prayer but they don’t mix with the men; rather, they had a specific place. So much so that if the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) gave a khutbah (lecture) to the men and finished he’d go to the woman and advise and remind them. This proves that the women would be in a separate place from the men. This separation, at that time, is from the might of the religion and staying away from transgression; so what about in this time of ours? Therefore, it is obligatory to prevent the fitnah of the women with every means possible and its incumbent to not be tricked by the evil and corrupt people that blind-follow the non-Muslims that call to mixing between men and women. That’s the call of Shaytan (Satain)(a’uthubillah — Allah’s aid we seek), he is the one who beautifies women in the hearts. No doubt the nations that raised the women and made them mix with the men are in a great travesty. I ask Allah to protect the Muslims from evil and fitnah because he’s the al- mighty and al-capable.

Taken from: Sh. Muhammad ibn Saalih ibn Al-Uthaymeen’s explanation of “Riyaadh As-Saaliheem”

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About Abdul-Malik Merchant
A student at Umm al-Qura University, but nowhere NEAR a scholar. Just a normal dude who was blessed with a wonderful opportunity

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