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The Affliction of Some of the Creation by Each Other: 1.

One of the greatest forms of afflictions, and the most frequent and attached to human beings is the affliction of the creation by each other, as our Lord Almighty said:

{وَجَعَلْنَا بَعْضَكُمْ لِبَعْضٍ فِتْنَةً أَتَصْبِرُونَ وَكَانَ رَبُّكَ بَصِيرًا}.

{And We have made some of you [people] as trial for others - will you have patience? And ever is your Lord, Seeing}. (Al-Furqaan:20).

{وَكَذَٰلِكَ فَتَنَّا بَعْضَهُم بِبَعْضٍ}.

{And thus We have tried some of them through others}. (Al-An'aam:53).

{وَاعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا أَمْوَالُكُمْ وَأَوْلَادُكُمْ فِتْنَةٌ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ عِندَهُ أَجْرٌ عَظِيمٌ}.

{And know that your properties and your children are but a trial and that Allah has with Him a great reward}. (Al-Anfaal:28).

{وَلَوْ يَشَاءُ اللَّهُ لَانتَصَرَ مِنْهُمْ وَلَٰكِن لِّيَبْلُوَ بَعْضَكُم بِبَعْضٍ}.

{And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others}. (Muhammad:4).

Our Lord, the Almighty explained that he tested the slaves by each other, and made some of them as trial for others. So He tested the father by the child, the child by his father, the husband by his wife, the wife by her husband, the relative by his relative, the neighbor by his neighbor, the companion by his companion, the ruler by his people, the people by their ruler, the scholars by the ignorant, the ignorant by the scholars, the messengers by the people whom they are sent to, the people whom the messengers are sent to by the messengers, the Muslims by the unbelievers, the unbelievers by the Muslims, the righteous by the sinners, the sinners by the righteous, those who enjoin good by those whom they are enjoining, and the enjoined by them. He tested the rich by the poor, the poor by the rich, the young by the old, the old by the young, the strong by the weak, the weak by the strong, the healthy by the sick, the sick by the healthy, the woman by the man, the man by the woman and so on. So every class of human being is afflicted by the opposite, and is tested by those who deal with him and accompany him. Will he perform his duties, treat him with good moral, advise him, abstain from harming him, and fear Allah the Almighty in him? Or will he oppress him, or embarrass and hate him,  or despise and ignore him, or betray and degrade him, or harm and harass him, or violate his sanctities, or careless to perform his rights and duties? !!

For Allah’s saying: {And We have made some of you [people] as trial for others - will you have patience? And ever is your Lord, Seeing}. (Al-Furqaan: 20), is general in all the creation. He tested some of them by each other. So He tested the messengers by the people whom they are sent to, calling them to the right part, struggling with them, giving good advice to them, keenness for their guidance, patience on their harm, and bearing the hardships in delivering the messages of their Lord to them.

He tested the consignee with the apostles, will they obey them and believe in them, or oppose them and refute them? will they support them and help them? Or  betray and fight them?

So also the Prophet who is specified with the dignity of prophecy is a fitnah for the nobles of the infidels. Don’t you see their saying:

{وَقَالُوا لَوْلَا نُزِّلَ هَٰذَا الْقُرْآنُ عَلَىٰ رَجُلٍ مِّنَ الْقَرْيَتَيْنِ عَظِيمٍ}.

{And they said, "Why was this Qur'an not sent down upon a great man from [one of] the two cities?}. (Zukhruf: 31).

And His saying:

{لَن نُّؤْمِنَ حَتَّىٰ نُؤْتَىٰ مِثْلَ مَا أُوتِيَ رُسُلُ اللَّهِ}.

{They say: Never will we believe until we are given like that which was given to the messengers of Allah}. (Al-An'aam:124).

Allah said in a hadith Al-Qudsi to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that:

[إنما بعثتك لأبتليك وأبتلي بك]. 

[I have sent you  in order to put you to test and put (those to test) through you]. (Recorded by Muslim, 53/76).

To be continued, insha Allah…


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