Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Explanation of the Hadeeth “Holding Onto Hot Coals”

The Explanation by Imaam as-Sa'dee (rahimahullaah)

With Supplementary Notes by Shaykh Ubayd bin 'Abdullaah al-Jaabiree

Translated by Aboo Abdillaah al-Kashmiree

Hadeeth number ninety-nine:

On the authority of Anas bin Maalik (radiallaahu 'anhu), who said: "The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) said:

"There will come upon the people a time where the one holding firmly onto his religion will be like one holding onto hot coals." [Reported by at-Tirmidhee in Kitaab al-Fitan

[The Explanation by Imaam as-Sa'dee (rahimahullaah)]:

This hadeeth also comprises of a khabar (news, information) and an Irshaad (guidance). As for the news and information (khabar):

Then he (sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) informed that indeed at the end of time al-Khayr (goodness) and its means will decrease and evil and its means will increase. And indeed at that time one who holds firmly onto his religion from amongst the people will be of the fewest of the few. And this state of being in a minority in times of adversity and major hardships is just like the state of the one holding onto hot coals because of the strength of the opposers and the great number of misleading trials and tribulations; the Fitan (trials and tribulations) of doubts, suspicions and al-ilhaad (atheism and deviation), and the Fitan (trials and tribulations) of desires, turning the people away towards the worldly life and engrossing themselves with it outwardly and inwardly, furthermore, the weakness in Imaan (faith) and the severity of loneliness because of the minority and small number of helpers and supporters.

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