The Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) were practical and realistic. They did not pose questions to merely appease their intellectual curiosity; rather they asked pertinent questions. Once they received the answer, they strictly adhered to the instruction contained therein.
One of their overwhelming concerns was that when confronted with fitnah from all sides, what is the way forward? Hence they asked Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam): “What is the path of salvation (against all fitnahs)?” Nabi (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) gave them a three point plan:
1. Guard your tongue at all times.
2. Don’t leave your home unnecessarily.
3. Weep over your sins.