“…they seek to deceive Allah and those who believe…” [al-Baqarah; 9]

“In this statement, we find ourselves standing before a mighty reality and bounty from Allah, the Generous. This reality is one that the Qur’an confirms and repeats often, and it is the reality of the connection between Allah and the believers: He makes their ranks His rank, their affair His affair, and their concern His concern. He – the Exalted – ascribes these believers to Him, takes them under His protection, makes their enemy His enemy, and makes whatever evil plots that are thrown at them to be thrown at Him as well – Glorified is He.

And this is the mighty and noble bounty; the bounty that raises the rank and status of the believers to such a lofty and towering degree, and reveals that the reality of faith in this life is the mightiest and noblest of realities, and pours into the heart of the believer limitless confidence and reassurance, since he sees Allah – the Exalted – making his affair into His affair, and his fight into His fight, and his enemy into His enemy, and takes him and puts him on His side of the fight, and raises him to be in His Noble Presence.

After realizing this, what should we think of the slaves and their puny plots, deceptions, and attacks?

At the same time, it is a terrifying threat to those who even think about trying to deceive the believers, plot against them, or harm them. This is a threat to them that their fight is not with the believers alone; rather, it is with Allah – the Mighty, the Compellor, the Subduer – and that they are in reality making war on Allah when they are making war on His allies, and that they are simply exposing themselves to His Wrath every time they make such a wicked attempt.

And the nature of this reality is such that the believers must ponder over it in order to be assured and to increase in firmness and proceed upon their path without caring or worrying about the plots of the plotters, the deceptions of the deceivers, or the harm of the evildoers.

Likewise, the enemies of the believers must also ponder over this reality in order to become filled with the appropriate level of terror and distress, and so that they know exactly who it is they are fighting and exactly Whose Wrath they are exposing themselves to when going after the believers.”

[‘Fi Dhilal al-Qur’an’; 1/43]

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