Continuing from the previous ayah, Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala shares how the Christians justify their submission and humility towards the words of the Allah,
وَمَا لَنَا لاَ نُؤْمِنُ بِاللَّهِ وَمَا جَآءَنَا مِنَ الْحَقِّ وَنَطْمَعُ أَن يُدْخِلَنَا رَبُّنَا مَعَ الْقَوْمِ الصَّـلِحِينَ
“And why should we not believe in Allah and in that which has come to us of the truth? And we wish that our Lord will admit us along with the righteous people.”
The Christians say why we should not accept when the Qur’an is so clear. It talks about the Last Messenger, the Day of Judgment, heaven and hell. It contains stories of the past prophets and events. What is there not to believe? They either say this to themselves in their hearts for example when a person has to re-assure himself, or to those who criticize them for their emaan. For example, when a Christian who is considering reverting he faces opposition from fellow Christians that why are you accepting Islam. So, he replies why not?
They not only accept Islam, but they are also hopeful that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will be pleased with their this act, and allow them to be with the righteous people.
The word tamah is from the root letters tay-meem-ayn and it means “to covet, eagerly desire, long or hope for, yearn.”
The Christians who have accepted Islam eagerly desire that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala will enter them into Jannah in the company of the sualeheen.
– When the truth is clear to a person then he should not hesitate or delay in accepting.
– A person should hope and pray for entering Jannah. However, he should not assume he is definitely entering Jannah because this will make him negligent in his actions.
– We learn about the importance of being with the righteous people. When a person is with the sualeheen only then will he become one of those. Be in the company of those who have good characteristics.
– We learn about the importance of emaan. Emaan made them firm in their belief in Allah.