Assalamualaikum and hi! Sorry for the late post of Day 9 #Juz9 Got some things to do yesterday hehe… So anyway, today’s sharing is gonna be about juz 9, surah al-A’raf verse 164.
The literal translation of this verse is – “And when a community among them said, ‘Why do you preach to a people whom Allah is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment?’ (The preachers) said, ‘In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allah), and perhaps they may fear Allah”.
So basically, this verse is for the Muslims who violated the law of Sabbath. If you know about that, it’s about the law that stops them from going fishing on Saturday. But some of them were so tempted with a lot of fishes jumping out of the water, so they went fishing. On that time, there were two parties, one is the people who didn’t care about the law and they just simply violating the law. And another party is the people on the religious side who didn’t violate the law. Next, the second party was also divided into two groups. One group consists of people who didn’t violate the law but still care about their Muslims brother. They tried to warn them and give them advice while another group simply ignoring them. The other group said, “No, those people are liberal. Those people are progressive, whatever it’s they’re going to end up in the hell anyway. Why do you even bother talking to them?”
So, this verse is about these two groups, those who cares about their Muslims brothers and those who didn’t. The first part of this verse said, “And when a community among them said, ‘Why do you preach to a people whom Allah is about to destroy or to punish with a severe torment?”. This is so so relatable with nowadays situation where some of us might be thinking that there’s no point of advising our Muslims brothers who’re engrossed in sin. To make it worse, we condemned them and we claimed that they’ll surely end up in hell. But, how do we know that one day they’re turning into a new leaf? They’re going to make taubat and they become better than us? Who are we to judge them?
And the second part of this verse said that, the second group (the group who advised their Muslims brother) said that, the reasons why they were advising and keep giving warning to their Muslims brother are:
- ‘In order to be free from guilt before your Lord (Allah).’ On the day of judgement, we might be asked by Allah about our Muslim brothers and sisters and why did we abandon them? So, at least we can say that, we might not be able to stop them from doing this, we couldn’t forbid them, we didn’t have power over them, but they were our Muslim brothers & at least we tried to counsel them. At least, we were sincere to them and spoke to them softly. At least, we’ve an excuse in front of Allah that we did our part. That we didn’t just sit back and condemn them to hell.
- ‘And perhaps they may fear Allah.’ Maybe they will become good people in the future, how are we supposed to know if they’re not going to repent? How can we judge? Maybe they might become much more better than us. Who knows right?
So, as a whole, there are two things that we’ve to remember when it comes to advising our Muslim brothers. First, for at least we’ve done our part and we’ve an excuse in front of Allah later and second is, who knows they might turn around and become people of taqwa.
Apart of that, a beautiful word from this verse which is ‘tai’zuna’ – actually means advice and counsel that’s soft enough that it penetrates the inside of the heart. This is really important to note especially in nowadays situation. Da’wah isn’t about we telling someone what not to do but it’s about we trying to remind them of Allah. We don’t have to bring up about the mistakes that they’ve done, all the sins they’ve made, but just reminding them of Allah and they might as well realised by themselves that they were doing the wrong thing. Sometimes, what a person needs is simply a reminder of Allah, not a judgement of their mistakes.
May Allah helps us understand the courtesy, the love and the patience we need to have with those among our own that have fallen into sin and may Allah help all of us come back to His way of taqwa, amin 🙂
That’s all for today, bye!