Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (may Peace Be Upon Him) said: “Whoever lives in the desert becomes rough; whoso follows the game becomes careless; AND WHOSO COMES TO THE DOORS OF THE RULERS FALLS INTO FITNAH (trouble) ; and a slave does not come nearer to the ruler, except that he becomes farther from Allah” (Musnad Ahmad, Sheikh Ahmad Shakir saying that its isnad (chain of narration) is Sahih) In another narration, Ibn Abbas (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (may Peace Be Upon Him) said: “WHOEVER VISITS THE RULERS FALLS INTO FITNAH…” (Abu Dawud, al Tirmithis, al Nasai, and al Bayhaqi, etc.)

Imam Gazālī explains this Hadith in Ihyā al-Uloom al-Dīn (vol.1 pg.83, Dār Al Salām) as follows :

“Naturally a person who associates with rulers will try to appease them in order to take from their wealth. This is particularly very dangerous for ‘Ulamā who may forfeit speaking the truth and admonishing the rulers when they go wrong, due to being attracted towards their wealth. Thus, Fitnah refers to preferring the worldly riches over the command of Allāh.”

A very serious warning was narrated by Abu Dhar, where the Prophet spoke words of grave warning for the Ummah that he prayed every night for until his feet swelled. He said, “I was with the Prophet (may Peace Be Upon Him) one day and I heard him saying: “There is something I fear for my Ummah more than the Dajjal.” It was then that I became afraid, so I said: “Ya Rasool Allah (may Allah be pleased with Him) Which thing is that?” He (may Peace Be Upon Him) said; “MISGUIDED AND ASTRAY SCHOLARS.”) (Musnad Imam Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood )


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