Do Not Follow the Desires of Those who Deny Allah’s Ayaat
In this Ayah, Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala instructs the believers not to follow vain desires and footsteps of the misguided people. When a person is on truth and abstains from what has been prohibited in the Qur’an, and there are people around him engaged in prohibitions and sins, the person might wonder, “Perhaps, I am the one who is wrong. I don’t understand my religion well.” In this Ayah, Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala guides us to reject such thoughts and hold on to the truth. People who fabricate lies against Allah and invent things in religion are those who do not believe in the Hereafter. Since they have no fear of accountability they are free to do whatever they wish.
Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala says,
Halumma [هَلُمَّ] is a verb that is used to give a command.
Here Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala is addressing the Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam and instructing him to ask the idolators to bring witnesses to testify that which they had forbidden and lied and invented about Allah in this regard. This includes everything that we have read in Ayaat 130 till 140.
“…And if they testify, do not testify with them…” because in this case, their testimony is false and untrue. If they set partners for Allah then they can say anything that pleases them without any evidence.
“…And do not follow the desires of those who deny Our Ayaat…” a person who denies the Ayaat of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala is in fact, as we learned earlier, following his own desires. He is rejecting truth for personal wishes.
Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala ends the Ayah by saying that these deniers are those people who do not believe in the Hereafter. They do not fear the accountability therefore feel free to say whatever they wish. They hold false deities as equals to their Lord.
– We learn that we should not follow people. Haram and halal is that which has been mentioned in the Qur’an and by the Prophet sallAllahu `alayhi wa sallam. Everything that we put in our mouth and every word that we utter should be according to what Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala has instructed us. A believer is a conscious person.
– A person who does not accept evidence or the truth, he is following his vain desires. When it comes to worshipping Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala or obeying, he presents excuses. Therefore, we need to check ourselves in what matters do we come up with justifications.
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