“Path towards enlightenment” in which we present you a fluent and easy-to-understand explanation of the ayahs of the holy Qur’an. We start from where we left you last Friday and here is ayah 24 of Surah Ankabut:
“But the only answer of his people was that they said: ‘Kill him, or burn him.’ Then Allah delivered him from the fire. There are indeed signs in that for a people who have faith.”
The ayahs refer to the account of Prophet Abraham and how the disbelievers, annoyed at his rational explanation of the Oneness of God and the absurdity of worshipping idols, threatened to kill him. Nimrod the tyrant who liked to call himself god, ordered that a huge fire be ignited and Abraham thrown into through a catapult. He had no logical answer; therefore, like all violent and brutal persons with no logic, he relied on satanic power and issued the command of his slaughter. Abraham, however, was cool and confident. He had firm faith in God Almighty. The moment he was hurled towards the huge fire, Almighty God ordered the blaze to cool down and turn into a flower garden. He was thus saved. As the ayah means to say towards its end, such miraculous occurrences are indeed the signs of God, Who as the Creator of all and everything including the world of nature, can make seemingly contradictory elements like fire and a cool garden to be transformed into the other. These signs of Allah are clear proofs of Monotheism, prophethood, and Resurrection.
From this ayah we learn that:
1. Theof enemies of religion is harassment, torture and execution. They are not seeking to understand the truth but they just try to preserve their wealth and power.
2. Numbers are not important, but what is important is faith, coupled with resolve, as Prophet Abraham proved by refusing to submit to the powerful disbelievers, by being fully confident in divine support.
3. The Will of God overcomes all and everything, including the elements of nature, which could be miraculously transformed, since it is He Who grants fire the power to burn and whenever He wishes, He takes away this power from the fire.
Now we read ayah 25 of Surah Ankabut:
“He said, ‘You have taken idols [for worship] besides Allah for the sake of [mutual] affection amongst yourselves in the life of the world. Then on the Day of Resurrection you will disown one another and curse one another, and the Fire will be your abode, and you will not have any helpers.”
After being delivered from the huge blaze, Prophet Abraham did continued to preach the message of God by inviting people to monotheism, and logically explaining to them the absurdity of worshipping idols or associating these idols with God. He told the polytheists that it is wrong to think that idol-worship promotes affection and affinity between the different tribal groups, which normally had their own special deities and used to place them in the pantheon as a sign of tribal identity. It is moreover a misconstrued thought that whatever illogical customs the ancestors had followed because of ignorance, the next generations should also adhere to. As a matter of fact, as is evident by the next part of the ayah, on the Day of Resurrection, the polytheists will blame and curse each other for having worshipped idols during the transient life of the mortal world in disobedience of God’s commandment that has brought them to the brink of hell, whose raging fire will be their abode and they will not have any helpers.
From this ayah we learn that:
1. The unity of community and its identity should be based on correct belief, truth, logic, facts and realities, and not like the polytheists who identify themselves with a particular idol that is nothing but the imagination of their warped mind.
2. Resurrection is a reality and we should be prepared for that day by being obedient to the commandments of God.
3. Any form of friendship not based on faith and truth will soon turn to enmity and hostility.