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.
 He went astray after having knowledge. He intentionally chose disbelief over Imaan and not out of ignorance.
 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.
 Shaytaan overwhelmed him and caught him as his prey.
 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.
 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.
 Allaah informed us of this person’s wicked goal, for he gave preference to the most despicable [path] over the noblest [path].
 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.
 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.