"This is the problem that many Muslims suffer from at present. The word ‘challenges’ is a modern word that was unknown to the previous generations. It is a word that is on the lips of everyone surprised by their impotence, when they depend upon themselves. When they rely upon their own power they are surprised by their weakness. They began to explain this away by using the term ‘challenges’. Certainly the companions of the Messenger of God never knew this word. Undoubtedly, the strains that they were put under were several times worse than the so-called ‘challenges’ endured by most of todays Muslims."
-Shaykh Dr Said Ramadan al-Buti-
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