Muhammad’s speech in the Quran. Part 10
In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful
The theme of rational perception of divine truth is singled out in the Quran by the red line. Muhammad’s mission was to liberate the minds of people chained in the cage of traditionalism, dogmatism and superstitions with the help of the Prescription.
Say, “This is my way! I invite to God with insight, I and those who follow me. And exalted is God; and I am not of those who associate others with Him!” (12:108)
Having a distinction, an unclouded mind has the ability to determine the degree of acceptability of any manifestation of deeds and events.
Say, “Not equal are the evil and the good, although the abundance of evil might impress you.” So beware of God , O you of understanding, that you may be successful!(5:100)
Is one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night, prostrating and standing, fearing the hereafter, hoping for the mercy of his Lord?
Say, “Are those who know equal to those who do not know?” Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding! (39:9)
At the same time, an indispensable requirement for the messenger was a fair attitude to others.
Say, “My Lord has ordered balance. That you maintain yourselves at every place for earthly worship and invoke Him, sincere to Him in duty.” Just as He originated you, you will return! (7:29)
In turn, a fair result is guaranteed absolutely to all people.
Say, “O My servants who have believed, fear your Lord. For those who do good in this world is good, and the earth of God is spacious! Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account!” (39:10)
Let’s notice, that it is a question of concrete deeds, and the help to the messenger of the Lord is one of the important ones.
If you do not aid him – God has already aided him when those who closed themselves had driven him out as one of two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion, “Do not grieve; indeed God is with us.” And God sent down his tranquillity upon him and supported him with troops you did not see and made the word of those who closed themselves the lowest, while the word of God – that is the highest. And God is Exalted in Might and Wise. (9:40)
There is a triumph of the highest “program” – the Creator’s Word over the insinuations of people.
But not everything was smooth in the camp of Muhammad. In his entourage were present both hypocrites and just weak in the faith followers. The essence of the hypocrites was that, pretending to be like-minded, they expected favourable conditions for themselves, but not for the true believers.
Say, “Do you await for us except one of the two best things while we await for you that God will afflict you with punishment from Himself or at our hands? So wait; indeed we, along with you, are waiting!”
Say, “Spend willingly or unwillingly; never will it be accepted from you. Indeed, you have been apostates!” (9:52-53)
The accusatory speech of the messenger and the awareness with the help of God led to insults from the hypocrites.
And among them are those who abuse the prophet and say, “He is an ear.” Say, “[It is] an ear of goodness for you that believes God and believes the believers and [is] a mercy to those who believe among you!”(9:61)
The lack of sincere faith in the signs of the Creator did not give an incentive to diligence and expenditure on the path of God.
Those who remained behind rejoiced in their staying after [the departure of] the messenger of God and disliked to strive with their wealth and their lives in the way of God.
They say, ‘Do not go forth in the heat!”
Say, “The fire of Hell is more intensive in heat” – if they would but give thought! (9:81)
Say, “If you possessed the depositories of the mercy of my Lord, then you would withhold out of fear of spending. And ever has man been stingy!” (17:100)
The manifestation of such an attitude is a signal to refuse an interaction in an important matter.
If God should return you to a faction of them and then they ask your permission to go out, say, “You will not go out with me, ever, and you will never fight with me an enemy! Indeed, you were satisfied with sitting the first time, so sit [now] with those who stay behind!” (9:83)
In any case, the result of the performance is connected with the correct guideline. With the proper guidance by the Prescription, success usually accompanies believers, which forces hypocrites to fawn upon them.
They will make excuses to you when you have returned to them.
Say, “Make no excuse – never will we believe you. God has already informed us of your news. And God will observe your deeds, and [so will] His messenger; then you will be taken back to the Knower of the hidden and the witnessed, and He will inform you of what you used to do!” (9:94)
And say, “Do [as you will], for God will see your deeds, and [so, will] His messenger and the believers. And you will be returned to the Knower of the hidden and the witnessed! And He will inform you of what you used to do!” (9:105)
Sometimes, an external execution of certain rules is issued as faith, which in fact is not so.
The Arabs said, “We have believed.”
Say, “You have not believed, but you say, ‘We are humbled,’. For faith has not yet entered your hearts! And if you obey God and His messenger, He will not deprive you from your deeds of anything! Indeed, God is Forgiving and Merciful!” (49:14)
The absence of true faith, with external obedience, played a cruel joke with many Muhammad’s companions. Their status of “humbled” pushed them to induce their own views in the terms of the Prescriptions of God, while believing that they are allowed to do so.
Say, “Would you acquaint God with your debt while God knows whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth, and God is Knowing of all things?”
They consider it a favor to you that they have humbled themselves.
Say, “Do not consider your humility a favor to me. Rather, Allah has conferred favor upon you that He has guided you to the faith, if you should be truthful.”
Indeed, God knows the hidden of the heavens and the earth! And God is Seeing of what you do! (49:16-18)
The weakness of faith is determined by the attitude to the charms and benefits of a near life. It sometimes outweighs the full execution of the Lord’s prescriptions.
But when they see a trade or an amusement, they finish the meeting and leave you standing.
Say, “What is with God is better than amusement and than a trade, and God is the best of providers!” (62:11)
Judging by the Quran, most of the companions of the prohet were not the examples to follow.