“Our Lord! Make us not a trial for the disbelievers”
How can a Muslim be a trial for those who disbelieve?.
Praise be to Allaah.
He can be a trial for those who disbelieve if the kuffaar
gain power over him, because the kaafir’s gaining power over the Muslim is a
trial (fitnah), as they will carry the burden of the sins they commit
against us, so that is a trial for them.
The phrase “a trial for those who disbelieve” may also
be understood as meaning that they try to tempt us away from our religion by
means of persecution, as in the verse in which Allaah says (interpretation
of the meaning):
“Verily, those who put into trial the believing men and
believing women (by torturing them and burning them), and then do not turn
in repentance (to Allaah), then they will have the torment of Hell, and they
will have the punishment of the burning Fire”
This verse includes both meanings, because the two meanings
do not exclude one another. The basic principle in tafseer is that if the
verse may be interpreted in two ways that do not exclude one another, then
it must be interpreted in both ways. End quote.
Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him).