Describing the Qur’an and warning those who defy it

baqarah (2) 257

{ Alif, Lam, Ra. (This is) a Book which We have revealed unto you in order that you might lead mankind out of darkness into light by their Lord’s leave to the path of the All-Mighty, the Praised. }  ‘Ibrahim 14:1

Allah says, “This is a Book that We have revealed to you, O Muhammad. This `Book’, is the Glorious Qur’an, the most honored Book, that Allah sent down from heaven to the most honored Messenger of Allah sent to all the people of the earth, Arabs and non-Arabs alike. We sent you, O Muhammad, with this Book in order that you might lead mankind away from misguidance and crookedness to guidance and the right way,”

{ Allah is the Wali (Protector or Guardian) of those who believe. He brings them out from darkness into light. But as for those who disbelieve, their Awliya (supporters & helpers) are Taghut (false deities), they bring them out from light into darkness. }  Al-Baqarah 2:257, and,

{ It is He Who sends down manifest Ayat to His servant that He may bring you out from darkness into light. } Al-Hadid 57:9

Allah said next, { by their Lord’s leave }, He guides those whom He destined to be guided by the hand of His Messenger, whom He sent to guide them by His command, { to the path of the All-Mighty, } Who can never be resisted or overpowered. Rather, Allah is Irresistible above everything and everyone else, { the Praised. } Who is glorified and praised in all His actions, statements, legislation, commandments and prohibitions and Who only says the truth in the information He conveys.


{Allah to Whom belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth! And woe unto the disbelievers from a severe torment. }  ‘Ibrahim 14:2

Allah’s statement, { Allah to Whom belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth! }  is similar to,

{ Say: “O mankind! Verily, I am sent to you all as the Messenger of Allah—to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth.}  Al-‘A’raf 7:158

Allah’s statement, { And woe unto the disbelievers from a severe torment. } means, “woe to them on the Day of Judgment because they defied you, O Muhammad, and rejected you.”


{ Those who prefer the life of this world instead of the Hereafter, and hinder (men) from the Path of Allah (i.e.Islam) and seek crookedness therein—They are far astray. }  ‘Ibrahim 14:3

Allah described the disbelievers as preferring the life of the present world to the Hereafter, coveting the former life and working hard for its sake. They have forgotten the Hereafter and abandoned it behind their backs, { And hinder (men) from the path of Allah }, from following the Messengers, { and seek crookedness therein } they seek to make Allah’s path crooked, even though it is straight itself and does not deviate on account of those who defy or betray it. When the disbelievers do this, they become engulfed in ignorance and misguidance far away from truth, and therefore, there is no hope that they will gain guidance and correctness while on this state.


{ And We sent not a Messenger except with the language of his people, in order that he might make (the Message) clear for them. Then Allah misleads whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And He is the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. }  ‘Ibrahim 14:4

(Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Chapter 14: ‘Ibrahim, Verses 1-4)

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