Trials and Tribulations
Question: What would you advise us during this time in which much trials and tribulations have become apparent, the people of innovation have (also) spread, and the scholars are passing away?
Answer: The first thing that I advise is that you fear Allah the Most High. I likewise advise you to increase in your supplication that Allah makes us and you firm upon the religion, and that He protects us from the evil of these trials and tribulations.
Secondly, I advise you to seek knowledge from the people of knowledge, and be diligent in doing so. Indeed the only thing that would save one from these trials and tribulations with Allaah’s permission is correct knowledge. If you don’t gain correct knowledge, it is possible that you will fall into the trials and you won’t know that it’s a calamity. Therefore, it is upon you to seek knowledge from the people of knowledge, and you should not become lazy; as it relates to seeking knowledge to the best of your ability.
Translated By Mustafa George DeBerry
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia