Question: Is this the time meant by the Hadeeth of the Prophet in which one of the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) asked the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “What should I do when Fitnah (trial) and division increase?” and he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) replied, “Detach yourself from the people, and sit in your house”? In the “Saheeh (Book of Authentic Hadeeth)”, in “Kitaab Al-Fitan (Book on Trials)”, under: “What will happen if there is no Caliph”, there is a Hadeeth that says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told the people to detach themselves from others when calamities strike, and he said, “Even if you have to bite (i.e. eat) tree roots.” Please explain this Hadeeth and the scholars’ opinions on it.
Answer: In the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) and elsewhere, with the following wording from Al-Bukhaaree, it is reported on the authority of ‘Aboo Idrees Al-Khawlaanee that he heard Huthayfah ibn Al-Yammaan say… read more here.