Reminder with Love and Warning
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala again reminds the Children of Israel of His favors upon them. He says,
They were Allah’s chosen nation. It was a great favor upon them. He had preferred them above everyone else.
Why does Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala repeatedly remind them of His favors? It is because one who remembers Allah’s favors develops a feeling of contentment and gratitude in his heart. He knows how much Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has favored him. One who complains more than he does shukr increases his frustration over what he does not have. Remember Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and He – the Owner of all the treasures in the world will bless you with more.
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala first addresses them with love then He threatens them. It is because a person works under condition. It is either out of love or fear. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala first says, “…I preferred you over the worlds,” as if to say: You were My favorite child. He then threatens them.
Know that a Day will come when no person will help another. Our parents, our spouse, our children and our friends, everyone will leave us. Then we will be standing alone before Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala answerable for our deeds.
No intercession, ransom, or assistance will be accepted on the behalf of the unbelievers. No type of help or cooperation will be offered to them. The judgment on that Day will be up to Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala alone. And He is the Most Just.
POINT OF REFLECTION:
The fear of other people stops us from submitting before Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala in entire sincerity. We should remember that on that Day no person can help us. Therefore, fear only Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and not the people.