Fearing the Fitnah of Women

September 25, 2012 § 2 Comments

Sa’eed bin Musayyib (leader of the tabi’een) at age 84, blind in one eye and losing sight in the other said: “I do not fear for myself anything more than my fear of women.” The people replied, “O Aboo Muhammad! Indeed a man like you has no need for women.” He replied, “The matter is as I have said to you.”

[Adh-Dhahabee in his Siyaar Alaam an-Nubalaa (4/241)]

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§ 2 Responses to Fearing the Fitnah of Women

  • Yasmine says:

    I don’t get the last part: “The matter is as I have said to you.” What is it implying? What i understood because he is still not completely blind therefore women are still a Fitnah. Or, he became blind maybe due to fearing the Fitnah that Allah made him blind perhaps from his supplications and taking refuge?

  • As salaamu ‘alaykee wa rahmathullaah,

    Yes what you have understood is correct. Typically one would assume that such a person who is very old and nearly blind would not have any need for women but he still feared the fitnah of women for himself.

    Allaahu baarik feekee.

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