Ustadh Abdushakur Brooks posted this in one of the online Maliki groups, I thought it was good to share because there is benefit in it. In truth he could have been more explicit, what is happening in Syria is an evil ontop of evils.
The Messenger of Allah said:
لا ترجعوا بعدي كفارا يضرب بعضكم رقاب بعض
“Do not return back to disbelief; by striking the necks of each other after my demise”. -Sahih Muslim
إن الشيطان قد أيس أن يعبده المصلون في جزيرة العرب، ولكن في التحريش بينهم
The Messenger of Allah said
” Verily Shaytan has despaired from ever being worshipped by those who prayer (meaning Muslims) in the land of the Arabs. However what will remain is fitnah and fighting each other. – Muslim
Imam Tirmidhi’s narration clarifies exactly why this second hadith will take place. The Messenger of Allah said:
إن الشيطان قد أيس أن يعبد في بلدكم هذا أبدا ، ولكن سيكون له طاعة في بعض ما تحتقرون من أعمالكم فيرضى بها
“Verily Shaytan has forever despaired of being worshipped in this land. However there will be some submission to his will [ by you] in those matter in which you will think little of and he will thus be pleased with that.”
So as this narration points out, that amongst the Muslims they will think little of taking the blood of another Muslim. Some will simply not care and others will look for a reason to deem it “Halal”. -Tirmidhi
What confirms that is another narration of Tirmidhi.The messenger of Allah said:
تكون بين يدي الساعة فتن كقطع الليل المظلم يصبح الرجل فيها مؤمنا ويمسي كافرا ويمسي مؤمنا ويصبح كافرا يبيع أقوام دينهم بعرض من الدنيا
“It will occur, during the end of times, a fitnah that will be like the last and darkest part of the night in which a man will wake up as a believer and go to sleep as a disbeliever or go to sleep as a disbeliever and wake up as a disbeliever. People will sell their religion for a piece of worldly life.” -Tirmidhi
Tirmidhi then says after this that when Hasan Al-Basri use to report this hadith he said the meaning is ” A man will wake up deeming the blood of a Muslim and his honor haram to take, but go to sleep considering them halal..and (vice-versa)”
The meaning of “a fitnah that will be like the last and darkest part of the night” is in reference the nature of mass confusion because in the darkest part of the night one can not distinguish between harm and benefit. Likewise in the times of fitnah one can not distinguish between good and falsehood. This is actually what will lead a person to take the issue of spilling the blood and taking the honor of another Muslim as something small. Or that such a serious matter will be something in which a Muslim, due to confusion, will sometimes consider haram and sometimes consider it halal. The fact that states and opinions will vary in such a drastic matter in something as serious as killing a Muslim shows yet another thing which comes in the hadith about the times of fitnah which is “ignorance”.
After all this hadith about the hour of confusion and blood spill amongst the Muslims, Imam Tirmidhi becomes the section describing the approach of the Madhi because with his coming the oppression will cease and confusion will be removed because there is no doubt in his integrity and justice.
Now one can only begin to understand my last post. Like I said “in my home…” . Like it or not. May Allah keep us patient and steadfast until the time comes when oppression is removed and the Just Imam Mahdi appears. Until then maintain your household and benefit others according to your ability at reach, as for those out of reach raise your hands in sincere supplication. These are the times!”