(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
of nine-hundred-and-
ninety-nine or infinite
to its abode,
with unclosed oculi.

shinning bracelets
jingling anklets
skimpy shorts
tight clothings;
advertising cleavages cum
obscenity —
in the open,
are fitnah.

tailing the opposite sex
in submission,
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
the pleasure.

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.


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