Success and Failure
‘Fitna’ literally means to test. Everything in this world has an aspect of test. For example, if you gain success and popularity, then this is meant to test you. If these things develop pride or arrogance in you, it means you have failed in the test. Similarly, if you experience certain difficulties and begin to complain, then again you failed in your test. This is because in the face of such situations, one should not despair rather one should have hope from God. Success and failure, gaining and losing are all tests. One’s response to these show whether or not one succeeded in one’s test. If one’s response is positive, one passes the test but if one gives a negative response then one proves to be a failure in the test.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan