Assalamualaikum everyone. Pray you well.
Allah Almighty opens Surah alMaa’oon or Surah adDeen with the following 3 aayaat…
أَرَأَيْتَ الَّذِي يُكَذِّبُ بِالدِّينِ (1) فَذَلِكَ الَّذِي يَدُعُّ الْيَتِيمَ (2)وَلَا يَحُضُّ عَلَى طَعَامِ الْمِسْكِينِ (3)
1. “Have you seen him who denies the Final Judgement?”
2. “Then such is the man who repulses the orphan (with harshness),”
3. “And encourages not the feeding of the indigent.”
These aayaat were revealed referring to the idolators in Makkah specifically and generally to everyone who is guilty of disbelief and not looking after the rights of the weak, especially the orphans.
Now Imam ashShawkaani the famous later Yemeni scholar shares an interesting insight when explaining these aayaat.
In his citations he brings our attention to the relationship between the first verse, in which Allah describes those who deny belief in the hereafter and the day of Judgement, and the proceeding two verses which basically denote crimes towards mankind.
He interestingly says that a collective look over these aayaat teach us that after a person denies being taken to account; everything else becomes easy for him…
If you don’t fear authority, you are your own authority and you do as you please.
Whilst this understsnding is from common sense, especially for the people of belief, it is important that we as people of belief keep this citation close to our hearts….
Well, if we are people of belief and especially belief in the day of Judgement. If we are people who have accepted the presence of a greater authority then how can crimes against other human beings and humanity actually eminate from us!?
Today my dear brothers and sisters, we may not shun the poor and the orphans as is being described in the verses, may Allah protect us, but we do find elements of the ummah engaged in backbiting, bad bussiness transactions, treachery, gossip, slander, oppression and other sever crimes against humanity.
Let us ponder over this revelation and let us ponder over our belief in the day of recompense (qiyaamah) and let us judge our deeds and actions in light of the this belief.
May Allah forgive our past and inspire our futures. Ameen.
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