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Surah al-An'aam (The Livestock) Chapter 6: Verse 33

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    Surah al-An'aam (The Livestock) Chapter 6: Verse 33

    "We know indeed the grief which their words cause you [O Muhammad]: for it is not you that they deny, but it is the Ayaat (verses) of Allah that the Zalimoon (oppressors) reject!"


    The fact is that before Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of God be upon him) began to preach the message of God, all his people regarded him as truthful (al-Saadiq) and trustworthy (al-Ameen), and had full confidence in his veracity. Moreover, before Islam they would often turn to him for judgement and consultation, such as in the incident of the Black Stone.

    It was only after he had begun to share the message of God with his people that they rejected him. Yet even during this period none dared to say that the Prophet had ever been dishonest in personal matters.

    When Heracleus, the emperor of Byzantine, asked a leader of disbelievers in Makkah: "Have you ever accused him of lying before his prophecy?" Abu Sufyan admitted: "No!"

    We Believe Muhammad, But Disbelieve His Message!

    Even his worst enemies never accused him of lying in any worldly affairs. When they did accuse him of 'falsehood', they did so in opposition to the prophetic mission. Abu Jahl, for instance, was one of the staunchest enemies of Islam. According to a tradition from Ali (may Allah be pleased with him), Abu Jahl once said to the Prophet: "We do not disbelieve you. We disbelieve only your message."

    In fact, it was due to personal envy and tribal rivalries that that many of Makkan leaders refused to accept the authority of Islam. It is narrated that three people of the ruling and influential clan of Quraysh, including Abu Jahl himself, each separately and secretly listened to some verses of the Qur'an. Later, this secret was uncovered and one of them asked Abu Jahl what he thought of the message of Muhammad, who was born of a different clan. He answered: "We competed for the honour of leadership and generosity with Banu 'Abd Munaf and shared equal privileges competitively. Then they began to boast saying that a Prophet rose among them upon whom Revelation came down from heavens. Now, where are we going to get a Prophet from? I swear we will never believe in him!" [Ibn Katheer]

    Kufr: Rejection After Knowing The Truth

    It is interesting to note that this form of Kufr (disbelief) is classified as deliberate "denial and rejection", which involves concealing the truth and not submitting to it outwardly, whilst recognizing it and knowing it inwardly. Allah says of such people in the Quran: "then when there came to them that which they had recognised, they disbelieved in it." [al-Baqarah 2:89]

    Reason for Revelation And Its Relevance Today

    Here God (subhana wa ta'ala) comforts His Messenger Muhammad (sall Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam) by reminding him that it is not his personal character or integrity that is the cause of the disbelievers turning away from him, but their own arrogance in the face of Truth. Their judgement is with God alone who endlessly endures their accusations and has no need to impose or coerce anyone to accept the Truth, leaving them free to choose between submission (islam) or denial (kufr). The Prophet need not to feel undue pain as his is an exalted moral status.

    In light of this verse, it is important for Muslims today to realize that when Islam is accused of 'promoting terrorism', when God's revelation is presented as 'an extremist's manifesto', when innocent Muslims are made targets of humiliation, degradation, oppression and genocide and then criminalized, while the oppressors and tyrants know and realize the Truth, our response should be that of patient endurance of hate and propaganda directed towards us as the Prophet exemplified.

    Allah reminds us today as He addresses the Prophet: We can not change dead hearts, we can not make the zalimoon see the truth, we can not please everyone, but we can not sit idle in self-pity for fear of accusations or personal attacks on our characters. There is obviously more that you and I can do to alleviate the problems and suffering of this Ummah than turn on Catastrophic News Network (CNN) for the latest body-counts!

    [compiled from "Towards Understanding the Quran", Vol II,
    by Sayyid Abul 'Ala Mawdudi (Islamic Foundation UK, Leicester, 1989)]

    "I put my trust in Allah, my Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He has a grasp of its forelock. Verily, my Lord is on the straight path. (The truth)"

    "...Indeed my prayer, my sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allaah, the Lord of the worlds" (6:162)

    Jazak'Allah khairun


      Jazak'Allah! :~)

      ~*~ashkon sae tar hai phool ki har pankhari
      roya hai koi bahar ka daman tham ker~*~
      keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps the singing bird will come


        "We know indeed the grief which their words cause you [O Muhammad]: for it is not you that they deny, but it is the Ayaat (verses) of Allah that the Zalimoon (oppressors) reject!"
        SubhaanAllaah! Even Allaah - subhaan wa ta'aala - addressed his grief. Yet Muhammad- salallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam's - da'wah was all for the sake of Allaah alone.

        Jazaakillaah khair for this reminder.

        It not only brings tears to the eyes, but heart also weeps.