Monday 21 December 2020

But lo, man is well aware of himself - Even if he presents his excuses

There are many who do not fear God nor believe in the life f the Hereafter when they will be and answerable to their evil deeds and when they will stand witness against themselves.  In the 14-15 verses of Surah Al Qiamah (The Resurrection) it has been vowed by Allah that on that day, such people will find no excuse for what they have been doing despite the fact that many a  Messenger came to them to stay away from evil for one day they will have to be made answerable for their deeds.

Although these two verses pertain to the Day of Resurrection, but these have clear message for those who think that no one is watching and they can hoodwink the others and be able to conceal their evil doings by their own own self-satisfying logic logic and may even get away with it. The time is now to steer oneself to the path which may lead to one's respite on the that fateful day when one will be his own witness.

On the Day when their tongues, their hands, and their feet will bear witness against them as to their actions. " It is not what a man says about himself, or what others say of him, that determines judgment about him. It is what he is in himself. His own personality betrays him or commends him. And will not find any excuses to save him from the torment awaiting in the hell.

بَلِ الۡاِنۡسَانُ عَلٰى نَفۡسِهٖ بَصِيۡرَةٌ  ۙ‏ وَّلَوۡ اَلۡقٰى مَعَاذِيۡرَهٗؕ‏ 
But lo, man is well aware of himself - Even if he presents his excuses (75:14-15)

That is, the object of placing man’s record before him will not be to inform the culprit of his crimes, but this will be done because the demands of justice are not fulfilled unless the proof of the crime is produced before the court; otherwise everyman fully knows what he actually is. For the sake of self-knowledge he does not need that another one should tell him what he is. A liar can deceive the whole world but he himself knows that he lies. A thief can devise a thousand devices to conceal his crime but he himself is aware that he is a thief. A person involved in error can present a thousand arguments to assure the people that he is honestly convinced of the disbelief, atheism or polytheism, which he professes and follows, but his own conscience is never unaware of why he persists in that creed and what, in fact, prevents him from understanding and admitting its error and falsity. An unjust, wicked, dishonest, unmoral and corrupt person can even suppress the voice of his own conscience by inventing one or another excuse so that it may stop reproaching him and should be satisfied that he is doing whatever he is doing only because of certain compulsions, expediencies and genuine needs, but despite this he has in any case the knowledge of what wrong he has committed against a certain person, how he has deprived another of his rights, how he deceived still another and that unlawful methods he used to gain what he has gained. Therefore, at the time when one appears in the court of the Hereafter, every disbeliever, every hypocrite, every wicked person and culprit will himself be knowing what he has done in the world and for what crime he stands before his God.

Ibn Kathir explains these two verses as under
(Nay! Man will be well informed about himself.) "His hearing, his sight, his two hands, his two legs and his limbs.'' Qatadah said, "This means he is a witness against himself.'' In another narration from Qatadah he said, "By Allah! If you wish to see him, you would see him as someone who sees the shortcomings of the people and their sins, yet he is heedless of his own sins.'' It used to be said, "Verily, it is written in the Injil: `O Son of Adam, do you see the small splinters in the eye of your brother and disregard the tree stump that is in your eye, so you do not see it''' 

Mujahid said, (Though he may put forth his excuses.) "This means, even though he argues in defense of it, he is a witness against it.'' 

Qatadah said, (Though he may put forth his excuses.) "Even though he will try to make false excuses on that Day, they will not be accepted from him.'' 

As-Suddi said, (Though he may put forth his excuses.) "This means his argument.'' 

This is as Allah says: (There will then be no Fitnah for them but to say: "By Allah, our Lord, we were not those who joined others in worship with Allah.'') (6:23) 

Allah also says, (On the Day when Allah will resurrect them all together; then they will swear to Him as they swear to you (O Muslims). And they think that they have something. Verily, they are liars!) (58:18) 

Al-`Awfi reported from Ibn `Abbas: (Though he may put forth his excuses.) "This is apologizing. Haven't you heard that Allah said: (The Day when their excuses will be of no profit to wrongdoers.) (40:52) and He says: (And they will offer submersion to Allah on that Day.) (16:87) and He says: (Then they will (falsely) submit: "We used not to do any evil.'') (16:28) and their statement, (By Allah, our Lord, we were not those who joined others in worship with Allah.) (6:23)''
May Allah help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. Aameen.

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