Part 3: The One Likened to a Dog Because He Abandoned Allaah’s Aayaat and Was Eager for the Dunyah

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

This is a description of an evil scholar who acts in opposition to the knowledge he possess.

[1] He went astray after having knowledge. He intentionally chose disbelief over Imaan and not out of ignorance.

[2] He left Imaan in a manner that did not allow him to ever return to it again, for indeed he threw away the Aayaat of Allaah completely just as a snake exits its skin. Had he been left with anything [of Imaan], he would not have been [considered] as one who exited from it completely.

[3] Shaytaan overwhelmed him and caught him as his prey.

[4] He [غوى-strayed] after being upon a state of [الرشد-the right course- well guided in affairs of the religion]. The word [الغي] means to be misguided in knowledge and intention, and it is more specified to corruption in knowledge and action, just as the word [الضلال] is more specified to corruption in knowledge and creed. When one of the two words is mentioned on its own, it includes the meaning of the other; but if mentioned together, then each of them takes its more specific meaning as mentioned above.

[5] Allaah did not wish to raise him by way of knowledge and that was the cause of his destruction. And because he was not raised by way of knowledge [i.e. due to his own fault], it became a source of anxiety for him. It would have been better for him not to be a scholar and would have lessened the punishment he will receive.

[6] Allaah informed us of this person’s wicked goal, for he gave preference to the most despicable [path] over the noblest [path].

[7] His choice [i.e. preferring evil] was not due to thoughts that crossed his mind and ideas he was unconscious of; rather it was due to [إخلاد إلى الأرض   clinging to the earth- following his desires constantly]. Az-Zujaaj said: The root of the words [خلد and أخلد] is [خلود], and it means to be constant in something and to remain upon something.

[8] He turned away from guidance and followed his vain desires. He made his vain desires a guide for himself and followed it.

[Source: بدائع التفسير الجامع لما فسَّره الإمام ابن القيم الجوزية Abridged and slightly paraphrased. Vol 1. Page: 430-431]


We ask Allaah to grant us Ikhlaas, Sidq, Thabaat and Husnul Khaatimah, and protect us from insincerity, misguidance, evil desires and Soo Al-Khaatimah Aameen.

 

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