Those Who Sow Corruption and Sever the Ties of Kinship after Being Given Authority in the Earth

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Allaah (The Most High) says:

فَهَلۡ عَسَيۡتُمۡ إِن تَوَلَّيۡتُمۡ أَن تُفۡسِدُواْ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ وَتُقَطِّعُوٓاْ أَرۡحَامَكُمۡ (٢٢) أُوْلَـٰٓٮِٕكَ ٱلَّذِينَ لَعَنَهُمُ ٱللَّهُ فَأَصَمَّهُمۡ وَأَعۡمَىٰٓ أَبۡصَـٰرَهُمۡ

Would you then, if you were given the authority, do mischief in the land, and sever your ties of kinship? Such are they whom Allah has cursed, so that He has made them deaf and blinded their sight. [47:22-23]

[When given authority in the earth], a person either obeys Allaah and fulfils Allaah’s commandments, so that uprightness in all affairs and success (is achieved); or he turns away from obedience to Allaah, and thus corruption (spreads in the) earth through acts of disobedience to Allaah and severing the ties of kinship. These people – those who sow corruption in the earth and sever the ties of kinship- are cursed by Allaah; distanced from Allaah’s Mercy and drawn close to Allaah’s anger.

They neither listen to what benefits them nor can they see it (in reality). They have hearing but they do not listen in order to comply with and accept (what benefits them in reality). They have eyes, but neither do they utilise them to observe events and signs that serve as a warning (or admonition) nor are they inclined towards proofs that (truly) distinguish between truth and falsehood.

[Tayseer al-Kareem ar-Rahmaan Fee Tafseer Kalaam Al-Mannaan’ by Imaam Sadi (rahimahullaah). Paraphrased & Abridged]

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