Thursday, August 9, 2007

Unbelievers Are Still Slandering Believers

Harun Yahya

"And those who abuse believing men and women, when they have not merited it, bear the weight of slander and clear wrongdoing.” (Surah al-Ahzab, 58)

As we have seen, whenever Allah’s messengers were sent to their people, they were received with animosity and hate by the unbelievers. Apart from Allah’s messengers, these unbelievers also verbally and physically abused all Muslims known for their dedication to Allah’s religion, devotion to the righteous path, sincerity, and faithfulness. Allah reveals this animosity in the following verse:

“We have placed covers on their hearts, preventing them from understanding it, and heaviness in their ears. When you mention your Lord alone in the Qur’an, they turn their backs and run away.” (Surah al-Isra’, 46)

The verse reveals that the unbelievers’ true source of hate and rage is not the believers themselves, but rather the belief that they represent. They do not want to acknowledge their accountability to our Lord, Who has created them and whatever they possess. They cannot even bear to be reminded of His name. To prevent this, they adopt an aggressive stance against those who invite them to acknowledge Allah as the sole Divinity and to accept the true religion. Therefore, for as long as the true religion and truly religious people continue to exist, their slanders and hurtful words will continue to exist too.

Muslims, who are aware of this fact, do not suffer or despair when they encounter similar situations, because they are also aware of Allah’s promise of goodness to them:

“Those who were expelled from their homes without any right, merely for saying: “Our Lord is Allah.” If Allah had not driven some people back by means of others, monasteries, churches, synagogues and mosques, where Allah’s name is mentioned much, would have been pulled down and destroyed. Allah will certainly help those who help Him—Allah is All-Strong, Almighty.” (Surah al-Hajj, 40)

No doubt, it would be a grave error to think that such incidents, as well as unbelievers or slandered Muslims, no longer exist, for Allah has revealed that such groups of people will always exist.


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