Path towards Enlightenment (932)
Salaam and welcome to another episode of our weekly series titled “Path towards Enlightenment” which is an endeavour to make you and us familiar with an easy and fluent explanation of God’s Final Scripture to all mankind, the holy Qur’an, which was revealed to the Last and Greatest of all Messengers, Prophet Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny).
We continue from where we left you last week, and here are Ayahs 7, 8, and 9 of Surah Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny):
“O’ you who have faith! If you help Allah, He will help you and make your feet steady.”
“As for the faithless, their lot will be to fall (into ruin), and He will make their works go awry.”
“That is because they loathed what Allah has sent down, so He made their works fall.”
If you might recall, last Friday in our explanation of the previous Ayahs of this Surah we said the seemingly good deeds of the disbelievers, though these may be of benefit for the doers in the brief transient life of the mortal world, these deeds have no worth and value in afterlife since these were not based on faith. We also said that when the disbelievers impose wars, the believers ought to decisively confront them, but as per Islamic rules should spare the life of those who surrender, as well as of the civilians. As or the martyrs, their sins are forgiven for their sacrifice in defending the faith, and they are alive with provisions from the Lord Most High, while we cannot perceive them.
The Ayahs that we recited to you now mean to say that the faithful should be patient and steadfast in defending religion and preventing corruption through whatever means they are capable of, such as speech, writings, property, and even life – all of which are considered striving in the way of Allah, Who will keep our feet firm and steady on the right path for having helped Him, although He is far too Glorious to need any help.
As for the material power of the disbelievers and the massive efforts they make against Islam, these are not lasting and will sooner or later bring ruin upon them, because of their disobedience of God’s commandments and refusal to believe in what He has sent for the guidance of mankind; hence the ultimate loss for them.
From these Ayahs we learn that:
- Faith ought to be accompanied by deeds in order to promote truth and prevent corruption and deviation, since God helps the believers in their endeavours for having defended religion.
- The believers have various means to defend religion, ranging from speech and writings to property and even life, in order to defeat the stratagems of the enemies.
- Those who oppose Divine commandments and deny the manifest truth will eventually suffer ruin and loss.
Now let us listen to Ayahs 10 and 11 of the same Surah:
“Have they not traveled over the land, so that they may observe how the fate of those who were before them was? Allah destroyed them, and a similar (fate) awaits the faithless.”
“That is because Allah is the Protector of the faithful, and because the faithless have no protector.”
Here God tells people that while travelling around different lands they should keenly observe the ruins that dot the Earth and ponder on the fate of the once mighty civilizations of the past that were destroyed for disobeying Divine commandments, denying the missions of the Prophets, persecuting them, oppressing the populace and indulging in sins.
It means a similar terrible fate awaits the present day arrogant and unjust regimes for their spread of corruption on the earth and efforts to suppress the believers, little knowing that God Almighty is the Protector of the upright ones, while the disbelievers have no protector.
These Ayahs teach us the following points:
- There are lessons to be learnt while we travel around various lands and observe the relics of the past, which far from being the remains of a supposedly mighty civilization, are in fact an eye-opener for us to desist from disobedience of God in order to avoid a similar destruction.
- God is the Protector of the believers for their faith and sincere efforts, while the disbelievers bring ruin upon themselves by rejecting the manifest truth.
- It is faith in God Almighty that ensures the real success and prosperity, whether in the transient life of the mortal world or in the permanence of Afterlife, while there is nothing but perpetual loss for the disbelievers and unrepentant sinners.
Now we listen to Ayah 12 of Surah Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny):
“Indeed Allah will admit those who have faith and do righteous deeds into gardens with streams running in them. As for the faithless, they enjoy and eat just like the cattle eat, and the Fire will be their (final) abode.”
In this Ayah, God Almighty gives tidings to the believers, whose faith is coupled with good deeds, of the bliss of gardens of Paradise where they will enjoy the shade of verdant trees and the delightful sight of fresh flowing streams, amidst all kinds of comfort and luxuries, as a reward for their abstinence from sins.
In its next part the Ayah warns the disbelievers of the terrible fate awaiting them in the fires of hell, for their denial of the manifest truth and indulgence in sins, since they preoccupied themselves with the pleasures of the flesh, and ate anything, whether good or bad, whether permissible or prohibited, just as the cattle and other animals do, without taking any steps towards self-reform and repentance, or for that matter thinking about spiritual values.
This Ayah teaches us that:
- The believers are rewarded with the bliss of Paradise as recompense for their faith, virtuous life, abstinence from sins, and struggle against the arrogant.
- Pleasures of the world are transient and a distraction from realities, so one should think of the Hereafter, Resurrection, and the Judgement Day, instead of wasting life in the pursuit of vain desires.
- Islam permits enjoyment of life but in an orderly and virtuous manner, and strictly forbids a life of animal-freedom spent in pursuit of carnal pleasures.
- To choose the right way of living, we should keep sight of the final abode, which should not be the fire of hell, which is the result of our own misdeeds.
Now let us listen to ayahs 13 and 14 of Surah Mohammad (blessings of God upon him and his progeny) as the concluding Ayahs of this week’s episode:
“How many a town here has been which was more powerful than your town which expelled you, which We have destroyed, and they had no helper.”
“Is he who stands on a manifest proof from his Lord like someone to whom the evil of his conduct is made to seem decorous, and who follow their desires?”
The intransigent disbelievers are always boastful of their wealth and what they call their welfare and guarantee for a powerful future, without reflecting on the fate of the past nations that God destroyed for their arrogance and sins. This Ayah which was a warning to the pagan Arabs of Mecca who thought themselves as powerful and forced the Prophet of Islam to migrate to Medina, serves as a lesson for all generations. Just like the terrible fate of the strong and powerful Arab nations of the past, that is, the Aad and the Thamoud which were struck by Divine wrath for their disobedience, neither the disbelievers of Mecca succeeded against the Prophet of Islam, nor will any future enemies of Islam succeed against righteous Muslims. God is the Protector of the believers, while there is no one to protect the disbelievers whose evil is beautified by the ever-deceiving Satan. Thus the virtuous who are indeed a manifest proof from their Lord, can never be considered equal to the vicious following evil desires.
From these Ayahs we learn the following points:
- The faithful should not fear the apparent power of the enemies, who are actually weak, since there is no greater power than that of Almighty
- The believers should stand firm against the various stratagems of the disbelievers, and should continue their struggle against the enemies.
- The base of faith is argumentation and clear proof, while disbelief stands precarious on slippery turf in view of its false ideas and pursuit of carnal desires.
- Satan beautifies to the disbelievers their evil deeds and makes them more intransigent against faith and Islamic values.