Question: What is the meaning of the word “Fitnah” which the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) mentioned in the following Hadeeth: It is reported that `Abd Allaah ibn `Umar heard Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) turning his face towards the east and saying: Behold, Fitnah will appear from this side where the horns of Satan will appear.?
Answer: The meaning of the word “Fitnah” here is Kufr (disbelief). It is reported in the narration of Muslim, on the authority of ‘Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that Allaah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: The summit of Fitnah (disbelief) is towards the east. He said, “The words ‘The summit of disbelief’ mean that the worst form of Kufr (disbelief) will appear in the east.”… read more here.