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Doubters Rebuked By The Believers Because They Desired Misguidance For The Believers!

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

Imaam Sadi [rahimahullaah] said: And what is well known is that Allaah neither loves ignorance nor doubt, neither confusion nor misguidance; rather He loves the religion, knowledge and certainty. Indeed, He [The Most High] censured confusion in His statement:

قُلۡ أَنَدۡعُواْ مِن دُونِ ٱللَّهِ مَا لَا يَنفَعُنَا وَلَا يَضُرُّنَا وَنُرَدُّ عَلَىٰٓ أَعۡقَابِنَا بَعۡدَ إِذۡ هَدَٮٰنَا ٱللَّهُ كَٱلَّذِى ٱسۡتَهۡوَتۡهُ ٱلشَّيَـٰطِينُ فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ حَيۡرَانَ لَهُ ۥۤ أَصۡحَـٰبٌ۬ يَدۡعُونَهُ ۥۤ إِلَى ٱلۡهُدَى ٱئۡتِنَا‌ۗ قُلۡ إِنَّ هُدَى ٱللَّهِ هُوَ ٱلۡهُدَىٰ‌ۖ

Say [O Muhammad]: “Shall we invoke others besides Allah [false deities], that can do us neither good nor harm, and shall we turn on our heels after Allah has guided us [to true Monotheism]? – like one whom the Shayaateen [devils] have made to go astray, confused [wandering] through the earth, his companions calling him to guidance [saying]: ‘Come to us.’ “Say: “Verily, Allah’s Guidance is the only guidance.’’ [Soorah Al An’aam: Ayah: 71]

Indeed, we have been commanded to ask Allaah [The Most High] to guide us to the straight path, which is knowledge of the truth and acting upon it, and the Qur’aan is the cure, guidance and light.  The Muslims are agreed that doubt and confusion are not praiseworthy, and a person who does not possess knowledge of something is obligated to keep quiet and seek knowledge via its [sound] sources.  Those atheists- the greatest doubters- command the people to eradicate the truth from the hearts so as to direct the hearts to other than it because they oppose the Book, the Sunnah and the consensus of those considered to be people of sound reasoning. [1]

The people of shirk said to the Muslims: ‘’follow our path and abandon the religion of Muhammad [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam]’’, so Allaah revealed the ayah:

قُلْ أَنَدْعُو مِن دُونِ اللّهِ مَا لاَ يَنفَعُنَا وَلاَ يَضُرُّنَا وَنُرَدُّ عَلَى أَعْقَابِنَا

‘’Say (O Muhammad): Shall we invoke others besides Allah [false deities], that can do us neither good nor harm, and shall we turn on our heels’’- Meaning: ‘’Shall we turn into disbelief after Allah has guided us [to true Monotheism]?’’, and so that we become like you- those whom the devils have made to go astray in the earth. And so that we become like you by disbelieving after believing- similar to a man who set out on a road with some people, but he got lost. So, the devils made him confused and wandering in the earth, whilst his companions are on the [right] road. His companions started calling him saying: ‘’Come to us, we are on the [right] road”, but he refuses to go to them.  This is similar to the one who follows the [people of shirk] after being acquainted with the [message of] Muhammad [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam]. And Muhammad [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam] is the one calling to the [right] road and the road is Islaam. [2]


[1] Al-adillatul qawaatiq wal-baraaheen fee ibtaali usoolil mulhideen; page 15. slightly paraphrased]

[2] [Al-Misbaah Al-Muneer Fee Tahdheeb Tafseer Ibn Katheer: page:428. slightly paraphrased]

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