Showing posts with label Surah AnKabut. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Surah AnKabut. Show all posts

Thursday 23 June 2022

Do the Evil Doers suppose that they will escape the Divine Grasp?

The world has ever been more of oppression than justice and peace. The notion of might is right has always been true and the oppressors always dominated. The powerful always find ways and means to punish the meek and weak with their evil machinations.  Those who are oppressed, weary of their oppressed way of life, often think why doesn't God rein in the treacherous beings and bring them to Divine justice.

The world has never changed from stone age to today's so called developed world. Today we see nations and people oppressed while the world conscious sleeps. The oppressor always thinks that he is getting away with his evil doings, for despite their oppressive designs, no lightening from sky bolts on them and wipes them out for world to live in peace. And they continue to live in palatial abodes and utter prosperity. Does that mean that Divine Justice protects the evil? Well this is what the weak and oppressed think.

But men of true faith never lose hope and remain patient for no one is beyond the Divine Grasp and sooner or later the tyrants and the demagogues are holed up and punished so severely that they would have never imagined. They have faith that God permits leases time to the wicked, so that get a chance to repent.  We have recently shared a post "Why does Allah give leverage to the tyrants and demagogues" based on the 45th verse / ayat of Surah 35. Fatir. Today we share another similar verse from Surah 29. Ankabut - The Spider (verse 4):

اَمۡ حَسِبَ الَّذِيۡنَ يَعۡمَلُوۡنَ السَّيِّاٰتِ اَنۡ يَّسۡبِقُوۡنَا​ ؕ سَآءَ مَا يَحۡكُمُوۡنَ‏ 
(29:4) Do the evil-doers suppose that they will get the better of Us? How evil is their judgement
This may refer to all those people who disobey Allah's Commands though this was particularly implies those wicked chiefs of the Quraish, who were in the forefront in their antagonism to Islam and persecution of the converts to Islam, e.g. Walid .bin Mughirah, Abu Jahl, `Utbah, Shaibah,`Uqbah bin Abi Mu`ait, Hanzalah bin Wail, etc. Here the context itself requires that after exhorting the Muslims to patience and fortitude against the trials and tests, those people also should be chided and scolded, who were persecuting the believers." 

It may also mean: "...that they will escape Our grasp." The words yasbiquna " يَّسۡبِقُوۡنَا " in the original may have two meanings: (1)`Whatever we will (i.e. the success of the mission of Our Messenger) should meet with failure, and whatever they wish (i.e. to frustrate the mission of Our Messenger) should be accomplished;" and (2) "We may want to seize them for their excesses and they should be able to escape and get out of Our reach.
However, the verse  has relevance even today when all over the world the weak nations are oppressed, kept under tighter control of bigger nations, the demagogues of another kind on the pretext of the safeguard of their interest. Do they think that people of Kashmir, Palestine, Afghanistan and Myanmar can be oppressed forever? In the end everything is ends as planned by  Allah and evil machinations of worldly gods fail and crumble miserably.
Yusuf Ali  Explanation
If the enemies of Truth imagine that they will "be first" by destroying Truth before it takes root, they are sadly at fault, for their own persecution may help to plant Allah's Truth more firmly in men's hearts.

Explanation Javed Ahmed Ghamidi:
This is a reference to the people who were targeting the weak Muslims through oppression and persecution.

( [Alas!] how ill are ) Ie., an ill-judgement in every respect. Imām Amīn Aḥsan Iṣlāḥī writes:
… If they think that God is so weak as to not able to seize them, even then this is an entirely incorrect judgement. And if they think that God is unconcerned about their oppression and injustice, then too they have reached a very wrong conclusion. (Amīn Aḥsan Iṣlāḥī, Tadabbur-i Qur’ān, vol. 6, 17)
Explanation Qur'an Wiki:
Those who subject the believers to hardship and act wickedly will not escape God’s punishment, even though they may appear strong and victorious. This is again a true promise made by God. No wicked or evil person should think that he can escape. If he does then his judgement is absolutely erroneous. God, who has made tests a general rule to distinguish true believers from false claimants, is the One who has also made punishment of the perpetrators of evil a general rule that never fails. 

Please listen to explanation of the ayat by eminent Muslim scholar Nouman Ali Khan:
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others life miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so  that they are able to discuss issues with Non Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

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An effort has been made to gather explanation / exegesis of the surahs of the Qur'ān from authentic sources and then present a least possible condensed explanation of the surah. In that the exegesis of the chapters of the Quran is mainly based on the "Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an" by one of the most enlightened scholars of the Muslim World Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi.  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided, additional input has been interjected from following sources: 
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Al-Quran, Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
In addition the references of other sources which have been explored have also been given above. Those desirous of detailed explanations and tafsir (exegesis), may refer to these sites.

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