A Trick to Confuse the Believers
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Fi Dhilaal al-Qur'aan
"A party of the people of earlier revelation say (to one another): Declare at the beginning of the day that you believe in what has been revealed to the believers, and then deny it at the end of the day, so that they may go back on their faith. But do not really trust anyone except those who follow your own faith - Say, all true guidance is Allah's guidance. That anyone may be given the like of what you have been given! Or that they should contend against you before your Lord! Say; "Grace is in Allah's hand; He bestows it on whom He will. Allah is munificent and all-knowing. He singles out for His mercy whom He wills. And Allah's grace is great indeed." (Aal Imran 3;72-74)
We commented earlier on the attitude of the people of earlier revelation, that is Jews and Christians, toward this religion and their attempts to turn its followers away from it. Their attitude is condemned in the Quran as one based on confounding the truth with falsehood and deliberate concealment of the truth. A reference is then made to their advice to one another to declare their acceptance of Islam one day and their rejection of it the following day in order to create an atmosphere of worry, confusion and uncertainty in the Muslim community. We concluded with saying that this trick continues to be employed even today, in a variety of forms and methods which are more suitable to the changing circumstances and to the mentality of people in every society and generation. We pick up the thread of our commentary at this point.
The enemies of Islam have realized that to employ this trick in a simple form is no longer possible. They, therefore, resort to a wide range of methods of concealment which are no more than variations on the theme of the old trick.
These forces rely today on a large army of disciples all over the Muslim world. Among these are professors, lecturers, thinkers and scholars as well as writers, poets, artists and journalists who all have Muslim names because they come from Muslim families. Some of them indeed are included among the Islamic scholars!
This army of disciples is mobilized for the achievement of the ultimate aim of shaking the foundations of faith in the hearts of the Muslim community. It employs all methods of scientific research, literary works, art and information. All these complement one another in the onslaught on Islamic faith and Islamic law. They belittle the role of Islamic faith interpreted in their own way, and overburden it with what is alien to it. They never tire of branding Islam as reactionary and calling on people to break away from it. They try hard to keep Islam away from human life, either because they fear the effect of human life on Islam or because they fear the effect of Islam on human life. They work hard to invent concepts, ideals, values and standards which are in direct conflict with those of Islamic faith, painting the former in a most appealing picture while distorting the latter so that they appear in the most grotesque of forms. Moreover, they try to facilitate the way for carnal desires to break loose, eroding the moral basis upon which clean faith is founded so that it may fall in the mud. After all that, they distort history in the same way as they distort scriptures.
To compound their evil, they claim to be Muslims. They, after all, have Muslim names. With these names they declare to be believers at the beginning of the day. With their evil designs they deny the faith at the end of the day. In both actions they play the same old part of the people of earlier revelation. All that has changed is the framework.
The people of earlier revelation used to encourage one another to pretend to be Muslims one day and to reject Islam the next day so that the Muslims may go back on their faith. They also counselled each other to keep that a secret between themselves which was not to be revealed to anyone except the followers of their own religion. But do not really trust anyone except those who follow your own faith. Their secret was closely guarded against the Muslims. The same applies today to the servants of Zionism and Christian fanaticism. They are all working together for a definite objective, that is, the total destruction of Islamic faith since the present opportunity may not be repeated again. They may not have sat together to sign a compact or to draw a plot defining the role of each one of them. But they, nevertheless, have the sort of understanding which normally exists between stooges who work for the same goal defined by their common master. They trust each other and compare notes. They or some of them at least, subsequently adopt false pretences. Everything around them is placed in their service and those who are aware of the nature of this faith all over the world are suffering persecution and imprisonment. But do not really trust anyone except those who follow your own faith.
At this point. Allah directs the Prophet (Pbuh) to declare that true guidance is that provided by Allah and that unless people accept and abide by it they will never find real guidance in any other method or way of life; Say; All true guidance is Allahs guidance; This statement is given in answer to their encouragement to one another to declare at the beginning of the day that you believe in what has been revealed to the believers, and then deny it at the end of the day, so that they may go back on their faith. It serves, therefore, as a warning to the Muslims to enable them to foil the evil goal of their enemies. Since there is no true guidance except that provided by Allah, then those schemers only want the believers to sink back into deviation and total disbelief. It should be mentioned here that this instruction to the Prophet (Pbuh) to declare that true guidance is the one provided by Allah is given even before the statements of people of earlier revelation are quoted in full. The Surah then goes on quoting them; That anyone may be given the like of what you have been given! Or that they should contend against you before your Lord! These are the reasons they give for stating earlier, Do not really trust anyone except those who follow your own faith. This betrays their grudge, envy and hatred that Allah should give Prophethood and revelation to anyone other than them. It also betrays their fear that should the Muslims come to know that truth they themselves know, despite their denials, they will take it as an argument against them before Allah. They say this as if Allah does not take against them anything other than verbal statements! The fact is that such thought cannot be entertained by anyone who has a sound concept of Allah and His attributes, or who has a correct knowledge of the true nature of Divine Messages and Prophethood, or the duties required by faith.
Allah directs His messenger to teach them and the Muslim community the nature of Allahs grace when He wills to favour any nation with a messenger and a message; Grace is in Allahs hand; He bestows it on whom He wills. Allah is munificent and all-knowing. He singles out for His mercy whom He wills. And Allahs grace is great indeed.
He has willed to give His message and revelation to a nation other than that which received His earlier revelation. He has chosen to do so after they have violated their covenant with Allah, breached the pledges of their father, Abraham, knowingly confounded the truth with falsehood, betrayed the trust Allah has placed in them, abandoned the rulings of their book and the laws of their religion and showed their unwillingness to refer their disputes to Allahs revelation for arbitration. What this meant in practice was that human life was no longer following Allahs constitution and its leadership was no longer in the hands of believers. Hence, He has given the leadership to the Muslim nation in which He placed his trust as an act of infinite honour and grace from him; Allah is munificent and all-knowing. He singles out for his mercy whom he wills. This he does on the basis of his knowledge of where his mercy should be placed and on the fact that when he bestows his grace, there is no limit to what He gives. Allahs grace is great indeed. There is no grace greater than His guidance provided to any nation in the shape of a book or his limitless bounty given in the shape of a message, or his great mercy bestowed in the form of a messenger.
When the Muslims listen to this they realize what great favour Allah has given them when He has chosen them to carry his message, and they will hold tight to it, defend it with all the power available to them, and try to foil the schemes of their enemies. We see here an aspect of how the Quran was educating the Muslim community. This remains the Quranic method of educating the Muslim community in every generation.
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