The meaning of 'Mudillat Al-Fitan'

Q: What is the meaning of Mudillat Al-Fitan (deluding trials), and what is the meaning of the statement 'this Fitnah (Trial) is from Allah to His servant'?

A: First, Mudillat Al-Fitan signifies the trials which may befall a person and cause him to deviate from Al-Sirat-ul-Mustaqim (the Straight Path). Examples of these Fitnah include doubtful matters that mislead and turn the person away from the truth; evil callers who mix truth with falsehood and attract the attention of weak-willed persons through their eloquence; and illness or poverty about which the person feels despondent and impatient, making him discontent with the Divine Decree. It may also be the wealth by which many people are enticed and trapped by Satan as a means to avert them from the straight path. In addition, there are many other things that delude the Muslim and divert the disbeliever from guidance. Second, from the outside a matter may seem to be Fitnah and misfortune such as poverty, illness and being overpowered by one's enemies. However, it turns out to be a gift and grace because it makes the person repent to Allah (Exalted be He) and brings them many forms of goodness. (Part No. 3; Page No. 131) Thus, this misfortune may lead them to ease and happiness after having been discontent with life. Muslims should be patient and resort to Allah to relieve their distress and He will make their situation filled with ease.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family and Companions!