Al Baqarah, 06-07: There’s just no changing some people…

 إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ سَوَآءٌ عَلَيۡهِمۡ ءَأَنذَرۡتَهُمۡ أَمۡ لَمۡ تُنذِرۡهُمۡ لَا يُؤۡمِنُونَ (٦) خَتَمَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبِهِمۡ وَعَلَىٰ سَمۡعِهِمۡ‌ۖ وَعَلَىٰٓ أَبۡصَـٰرِهِمۡ غِشَـٰوَةٌ۬‌ۖ وَلَهُمۡ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ۬ (٧)

“Verily, those who disbelieve, it is the same to them whether you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him ) warn them or do not warn them, they will not believe.
Allâh has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, (i.e. they are closed from accepting Allâh’s Guidance), and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be a great torment.”
[Al-Baqarah, 2:6-7]

In life, you often come across these ne’er-do-good people who just don’t get it. Call them biased or prejudiced, content with their limited space, or to put it your way “narrow minded”. Now that’s so beneath you, right? Such traits are reflected by Al-Kaafirin. Technically, kaafir is a person who rejects the truth (Islam) after it has been presented to him. So all kafir are non-Muslims but all non-Muslims can not be kaafir. Following?

They openly deny the existence of Allah (swt), ‘Oh, we don’t believe in Allah, we don’t believe in the Qur’an, we don’t believe in Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)…’ or ‘What? You’re asking me to follow something out of the blue? And my ancestors were nitwits, I suppose…’ *sarcasm*

You see, they treasure their values or ancestry to the extent of blindness. The Jews particularly go very strong on it.

And then there are people who say, we believe. They don’t say we don’t believe, but their actions prove their disbelief. Note the difference.

Later on, as we go on with this surah insha’Allah, you’ll read about the that time when Satan was told to bow down before Adam. He didn’t say I don’t believe in Allah, he said I’m not going to obey Allah.  So when people knowingly disobey Allah, it leads them to this category of ‘Kufr‘.

So Allah says such people will not listen. Warnings are so lost on them. They’re stubbornly determined to go on doing whatever they feel like doing. No remorse.  They’re blinded by their sins and prejudices. Then to such, Allah warns them,’…theirs will be a great torment.’

This ends the second category of mankind.

My advise to you:

  • Always be open for new ideas that do not go against the Qur’an and the Sunnah. Don’t shut yourself in a box.
  • Be fair. Trash those prejudices.
  • If you’ve got any of the above explained traits, try to format your system. 🙂 It doesn’t make you a kaafir, but it serves as a warning nevertheless.


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