The Fitnah (Trials) of Passions and Desires

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Every Merciful…

From the Book: The Never-Ending Trials of LIFE: Islamic Guidance From a Brief Thematic Study of Soorah al-‘Ankaboot, by Shaykh Saalih Aal Shaykh, Translation and Commentary by Moosaa Richardson

…Allah mentions the story of Loot (Lot, peace be upon him). In it is mention of the fitnah of the desires of men which go against man’s very nature. This was along with a number of other passions and their outward declarations of them. They claimed that there was no harm in them. They would refute anyone who prohibited them from their actions.Yet he still forbade them:

You are practicing [all kinds of] evil in your gatherings! (29:29)

But all they said to him in response was:

Bring us Allah’s Punishment if you are indeed from the truthful! (29:29)

It was great fitnah for Loot that his wife, from his own household, had given in to their evil and become like them, encouraging the men to have intercourse with the men who would come to visit Loot, and similar crimes.

So we saved him and his family, except his wife, as she was from those who stayed behind. (7:83)

Desires are indeed a form of fitnah. How can one escape his desires and passions? He escapes them by recognizing that they are a source of fitnah.

Allah intended for the passions of the flesh to be something that leads to the preservation of lineage (by having children), and to test the servant as well: Does he have perseverance or not? Does he push forward, firm upon what Allah wants from him, or does he turn to his desires and lose hold of his grasp over them, going after anything he wants?

So in this story, the fitnah was something that led to the release of Allah’s Punishment upon those who did not cease doing things He, the Mighty and Majestic, had forbidden…

Commentary (by Moosaa Richardson):

Muslims in the West must reflect seriously over the story of Loot and his trials, especially in an era when the homosexual agenda is being repackaged to the world as personal freedom and even heroism. A Muslim living in the West may be affected by the homosexual agenda, or perhaps a spouse or a child may be affected. Muslims should reflect about how two Prophets from Allah, Loot and Nooh, lost their wives to disbelief, and their two wives were made timeless examples of opposition to the Orders of Allah. Allah has said (what means):

And Allah has set forth a parable for the disbelievers: The wife of Nooh and the wife of Loot. They were under the charge of two our our righteous servants, yet they betrayed them. They (Nooh and Loot) could do nothing to save them from [the Punishment of] Allah. Thus it was said to them: “Enter the Hellfire along with all those who enter it.” (66:10)

For those struggling with family members who have left Islam or refuse to embrace it, contemplate over the stories of Nooh and Loot, as well as the story of Aasiyah, the righteous, believing wife of the evil tyrant, Pharaoh. Reflect over the story of Ibraaheem as well, whose own father rejected his call, and study the life of our Prophet Muhammad (may Allah raise his and all their ranks, and grant them all peace), who lost his beloved uncle to the Hellfire. Indeed, there is great comfort and guidance for the believers in the Book of Allah!

Source: The Never-Ending Trials of Life (pp.23-24)

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6 thoughts on “The Fitnah (Trials) of Passions and Desires

  1. Subhanallah!!!! Very good points to note for us who are still struggling with non believing relatives and mushirkinas in our family they are indeed a trail to us and children .May Allah protect us and guide us all guidance and protection

  2. Asalāmu ‘Alaykum
    Is it permissible to recite more than one supplication before bed? Or do we have to recite one one day and then another the next day? Likewise morning and evening supplications. Is it permissible to recite more than one morning supplication to get the rewards mentioned from them?

  3. Asalamu Alaykum!
    In Dhur and Asr prayers when reciting, are the words coming out of our mouth silently (so the one next to us cannot hear)? or is it in our heads but with our lips moving?

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