وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَنْ نُؤْمِنَ بِهَٰذَا الْقُرْآنِ وَلَا بِالَّذِي بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ ۗ وَلَوْ تَرَىٰ إِذِ الظَّالِمُونَ مَوْقُوفُونَ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ يَرْجِعُ بَعْضُهُمْ إِلَىٰ بَعْضٍ الْقَوْلَ يَقُولُ الَّذِينَ اسْتُضْعِفُوا لِلَّذِينَ اسْتَكْبَرُوا لَوْلَا أَنْتُمْ لَكُنَّا مُؤْمِنِينَ
And those who disbelieve say: By no means will we believe in this Quran, nor in that which is before it; and could you see when the unjust shall be made to stand before their Lord, bandying words one with another! Those who were weak shall say to those who were proud: Had it not been for you we would certainly have been believers.
قَالَ الَّذِينَ اسْتَكْبَرُوا لِلَّذِينَ اسْتُضْعِفُوا أَنَحْنُ صَدَدْنَاكُمْ عَنِ الْهُدَىٰ بَعْدَ إِذْ جَاءَكُمْ ۖ بَلْ كُنْتُمْ مُجْرِمِينَ
Those who were proud shall say to those who were deemed weak: Did we turn you away from the guidance after it had come to you? Nay, you (yourselves) were guilty
وَقَالَ الَّذِينَ اسْتُضْعِفُوا لِلَّذِينَ اسْتَكْبَرُوا بَلْ مَكْرُ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ إِذْ تَأْمُرُونَنَا أَنْ نَكْفُرَ بِاللَّهِ وَنَجْعَلَ لَهُ أَنْدَادًا ۚ وَأَسَرُّوا النَّدَامَةَ لَمَّا رَأَوُا الْعَذَابَ وَجَعَلْنَا الْأَغْلَالَ فِي أَعْنَاقِ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا ۚ هَلْ يُجْزَوْنَ إِلَّا مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
And those who were deemed weak shall say to those who were proud. Nay, (it was) planning by night and day when you told us to disbelieve in Allah and to set up likes with Him. And they shall conceal regret when they shall see the punishment; and We will put shackles on the necks of those who disbelieved; they shall not be requited but what they did.
(Quran, Al-Saba’ 34:31-34:33)
Let these verses be a grim reminder for us, that we won’t be excused in the day of judgment just because ‘we don’t know’ or we are weak.
In these verses, two important parties are at play here, the ones who are weak (allazina-stadh’afu) and those who are proud/arrogant (allazina-stakbaru). Both of them will be punished, not only the proud ones.
This is despite the fact that the proud/arrogant (any topshot of the society/ intellectuals/ CEOs/ celebrities) conspire against the weak (the people, or the peasants).
Now let’s reflect:
How do we know that we are not being lied to?
Have we been lied to for a long time?
How do we know that we are following the right path?
How do we get guidance?
The questions here sound choking and dark-and if you felt that way it is a good thing. All we want is to be safe with Allah. But how do we do that?
The answer is very simple. You don’t need to have a PhD in theology, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist, you don’t need to learn from top ulama/scholars from different parts of the world just to get guidance. The answer lies in the first part of the first verse out of the three above. You need the Quran, and thinking.
Quran is guidance
Allah said in the Quran that the Quran is guidance (2:185, 7:3) and that it has beeen made easy for us to learn it (54:17,22,32,40). So why aren’t we taking guidance from the Quran? Why most of us read it without understanding?
Allah’s signs (ayaat) are everywhere.
Besides the Quran, we also learn from nature. “Most surely in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day there are signs for men who understand.” (Quran, 3:190). Read these signs, ponder over them, ponder over what the Quran has to say.
The world is full of liars and deceivers, and it is perfectly normal to be frightened by this fact. But have rest in the thought that our Lord has sent down the Quran, and His signs in the nature, for us to read, reflect, and get guidance.