Some of the Perils of False Argumentation!
Allaah (The Most High) said:
مَا يُجَادِلُ فِي آيَاتِ اللَّهِ إِلَّا الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فَلا يَغْرُرْكَ تَقَلُّبُهُمْ فِي الْبِلادِ
None disputes in the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah but those who disbelieve. So let not their ability of going about here and there through the land (for their purposes) deceive you. [Surah 40:4]
Allaah informed us that [مَا يُجَادِلُ فِي آيَاتِ اللَّهِ إِلَّا الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا – None disputes in the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah but those who disbelieve]
The meaning intended behind the word ‘disputes’ here (i.e. in this particular instance) is disputing in order to reject Allaah’s Aayaat (i.e. proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc) and to oppose them with falsehood. This is among the deeds of the disbelievers. As for the believers, they humble themselves to Allaah (The Most High), Who makes a statement of truth in order to invalidate falsehood.
It is not permissible for a person to be deceived by his worldly state of affairs and thinks that Allaah’s favours bestowed on him in this worldly life is a proof that Allaah loves him and that he is upon the truth. And for this reason, He [Allaah (The Most High)] said: [فَلا يَغْرُرْكَ تَقَلُّبُهُمْ فِي الْبِلاد -So let not their ability of going about here and there through the land (for their purposes) deceive you]- that is: their going back and forth with various affairs of trade and earnings; rather what is obligated on a servant (i.e. an obedient slave of Allaah) is that he utters the truth to the people, looks at the realities of the affairs of the legislated divine (commands and prohibitions ordained by Allaah) and weighs up the (affairs, circumstances etc) of the people through them. He does not weigh up the truth by way of the people, just as what the one who neither has knowledge nor (sound) intellect is upon. [Source: See ‘Tayseer Al-Kareem Ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam Al-Mannaan’ by Imaam Sadi (rahimahullaah)]
Abu Mu’aawiyah (Abdullah Al-Gambi)