Remaining positive when witnessing the crisis of the Ummah

Q: I am greatly troubled with occurrences worldwide. Example, the situations in China, Palestine, Saudi, Iraq, North Korea, etc. Sometimes I do read the news. Alhumdulillah I am trying to be consistent in my duas and nawafil for the oppressed worldwide.

Please can Mufti Saheb offer some advice on how to remain positive about these situations as well as what we should be doing to help those in need.

Is it alright to read the news occasionally (avoiding all murat)?

Is there any information regarding whether the world will become worse and worse until Hadhrat Mahdi رضي الله تعالى عنه appears? How can we remain safe? Will some remain safe?

A: A person should eat only that much which he can comfortably digest. Similarly he should only take that amount of information which he can manage. If he cannot manage it then he should use that time for making dua for himself and for all Muslims, for their well being and to be relieved from all forms of suffering and oppression. When people take on more informatuon than they can comfortably manage then this creates problems for themselves and many a times for others as well.

Presently the news has become so unscrupulous and so subjective that most people end up depressed. Islam does not want you to inflict injury upon yourself unnecessarily.

There is a hadeeth in Bukhaari Shareef that every day will be worse than the previous.

For every crisis Islam has shown solutions. One solution that the hadeeth shows is to remain within your home i.e. don't mix with people, one type of association is reading such articles that stresses the mind. Secondly, cry over your sins. Everyday will increase your consciousness and relationship with Allah Ta`ala. Thirdly, control your tongue i.e. one is the tongue and the other is disseminating information.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)