FREEDOM FROM FITNAH (F³)
(As published on the 23rd of June 2019, in the 18th edition of Al-Bayaan Magazine; A publication of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Unilorin Chapter).
وَٱتَّقُواْ فِتۡنَةٗ لَّا تُصِيبَنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ ظَلَمُواْ مِنكُمۡ خَآصَّةٗۖ وَٱعۡلَمُوٓاْ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ شَدِيدُ ٱلۡعِقَابِ
And fear a trial which will not strike those who have wronged among you exclusively, and know that Allah is severe in penalty.
-Sura Al-Anfal, Ayah 25
Fitnah is a bane
ninety-nine or infinite
to its abode,
with unclosed oculi.
advertising cleavages cum
in the open,
tailing the opposite sex
while cornering a meek smile
towards an enclosed space
with no mahram in sight — fitnah.
Not taking caution by its ears,
in entering upon the female folks
when they are highly vulnerable
opens the oculus to temptations,
for even one’s In-law is death.
Words flying from ignorant mouths
targeted at issuing rulings
which even those with knowledge
are keeping mum,
with thought burning heads — fitnah.
And if one does not tame his eyes
from gazing on every figure
or what lies between the thighs,
from falling into diverse orifices;
the evil therein overpowers
But freeing one’s self from fitnah
lies in adhering
to the Kitab & Sunnah.
— Aladodo Abdus-Salam.
Shehu Abdus-Salam Aladodo is a graduate of Islamic Studies from the University of Ilorin, a seasoned writer who wields his pen for Islam. He hopes for death after having fulfilled his religious obligations.