Guidance vs Ignorance
Heaven Or Hell!
We Make The Choice
(M. Javed Naseem)
وَٱلَّذِينَ جَاهَدُواْ فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا
وَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَمَعَ ٱلْمُحْسِنِينَ
“As for those who strive for us,
We surely guide them to our paths,
and lo, Allah is with the good.”
All guidance comes from Allah and it is meant for those who seek it or strive for it. We have to make an effort for it. Without any effort, we are not going to get it. In other words, it’s our choice and our own effort that can take us from the darkness of ignorance to the light of guidance.
هَـٰذَا بَيَانٌ لِّلنَّاسِ وَهُدًى وَمَوْعِظَةٌ لِّلْمُتَّقِينَ
“This (Quran) is a declaration for mankind;
a guidance and an admonition unto those
who ward off (evil).”
No Guidance For Liars,
Anybody can seek Allah’s guidance as it’s available free of charge. But there’s a pre-condition to guidance – the sincerity. We should repent, beg for Allah’s forgiveness and ask Him to show us the right path (the Guidance) with all sincerity and honesty. Liars, hypocrites, unbelievers, wrong-doers, the corrupt and the ungrateful don’t qualify for it.
Here is what Allah says in the Holy Quran:
إِنَّ شَرَّ ٱلدَّوَابِّ عِندَ ٱللَّهِ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ فَهُمْ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ
“Lo! The worst of beasts in Allah’s
sight are the ungrateful who will
وَمَا دُعَآءُ ٱلْكَافِرِينَ إِلاَّ فِى ضَلاَلٍ
“The prayer of disbelievers
goes (far) astray.”
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لاَ يَهْدِى ٱلْقَوْمَ ٱلظَّالِمِينَ
“… Lo, Allah guides not wrong-doing folk.”
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لاَ يَهْدِى مَنْ هُوَ كَاذِبٌ كَـفَّارٌ
“… Lo, Allah guides not him who is
a liar, an ingrate.”
إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لاَ يَهْدِى مَنْ هُوَ مُسْرِفٌ كَذَّابٌ
“… Lo, Allah guides not the one
who is a prodigal, a liar.”
The Guidance Is For
‘Men of Understanding’
Yes, the men of understanding – the people who reflect, ponder and think with reason and logic. The ignorant (‘Jaahileen’) cannot make use of it because they refuse to think with reason and logic. Some of them even deny the existence of God ignoring all the clear signs. Those people would be the fuel of Hellfire.
On the other hand, those who think and reflect, they would be guided.
هَـٰذَا بَلاَغٌ لِّلنَّاسِ وَلِيُنذَرُواْ بِهِ وَلِيَعْلَمُوۤاْ
أَنَّمَا هُوَ إِلَـٰهٌ وَاحِدٌ وَلِيَذَّكَّرَ أُوْلُواْ ٱلأَلْبَابِ
“This is a clear message for mankind
in order that they may be warned thereby,
and that they may know that He is only
One God, and that men of understanding
may take heed.”
كِتَابٌ أَنزَلْنَاهُ إِلَيْكَ مُبَارَكٌ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوۤاْ آيَاتِهِ
وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُوْلُو ٱلأَلْبَابِ
“(This is) a Scripture that We have revealed
unto you, full of blessing that they may
ponder its revelations, and that
men of understanding may reflect.”
Allah, the Almighty, tells us again and again that we should carefully pay attention to His signs, His revelations and His clear commands. Those who have the brains and use their intellect, would definitely ponder over these signs and realize immediately that there’s some Supreme Power up there that’s running the show!
كَلاَّ إِنَّهَا تَذْكِرَةٌ فَمَن شَآءَ ذَكَرَهُ
“Nay, but verily this (Quran) is an
admonishment. So let whosoever
will pay heed to it.”
وَهَـٰذَا صِرَاطُ رَبِّكَ مُسْتَقِيماً قَدْ فَصَّلْنَا
ٱلآيَاتِ لِقَوْمٍ يَذَّكَّرُونَ
“This is the path of your Lord, a straight path.
We have detailed Our revelations
for a people who take heed.‟
(al-Quran 6 :126)
Those who claim that all religions are fine as they all lead to the same destination. No, that’s not correct. There’s only one clear and straight path. Every other path is full of diversions and distractions; and there’s no guarantee that after going through all those diversions and distractions, you’ll reach your destination un-harmed. Don’t submit to any liberal, atheist or a secular ‘champion of humanity’ on this issue, because Allah has clearly warned you in the Quran:
وَعَلَىٰ ٱللَّهِ قَصْدُ ٱلسَّبِيلِ وَمِنْهَا جَآئِرٌ
وَلَوْ شَآءَ لَهَدَاكُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ
“And Allah’s is the direction of the way,
and some (roads) go not straight …..”
Therefore, revert to His Word, His Book (the Quran) and you’ll enjoy His guidance and blessings. If you are sincere, faithful and grateful to Him, He’ll never let you go astray!
إِنَّ هَـٰذِهِ تَذْكِرَةٌ فَمَن شَآءَ ٱتَّخَذَ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِ سَبِيلاً
“Lo! This (Quran) is a Reminder.
Let him who will, then, choose
a way unto his Lord.”