Is this authentic?
Sa’id Ibn Al-Musayyab (rahimahullah) said:
“I have reached 80 years of age and I do not fear anything upon myself more than I fear [the fitnah] regarding women.” (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah)
Imam Abu Bakr ibn Abi Shaybah (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration with a suitable chain. The narration can be quoted as recorded.
(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, Hadith: 34613)
This illustrates his extreme fear for fitnah as well as the nature of this particular one.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar