|Subject: What is the matter with you (Surah At-Taubah 9: 38-39) Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:24 pm|| |
What is the matter with you
(Surah At-Taubah 9: 38-39)
If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment and will replace you by another people; and you cannot harm Him at all, and Allah is able to do all things.) (Surah At-Taubah 9: 39)
Admonishing clinging to Life rather than rushing to perform Jihad
Allah admonishes those who lagged behind the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) in the battle of Tabuk, at a time when fruits were ripe and shades tempting in the intense and terrible heat, O you who believe! What is the matter with you, that when you are asked to march forth in the cause of Allah,
if you are called to perform Jihad in the cause of Allah, you cling heavily to the earth,
reclining to remain in peace, shade and ripe fruits. Are you pleased with the life of this world rather than the Hereafter,
why do you do this, is it because you prefer this life instead of the Hereafter Allah next diminishes the eagerness for this worldly life and increases it for the Hereafter, But little is the enjoyment of the life of this world compared to the Hereafter.
Imam Ahmad recorded that Al-Mustawrid, a member of Bani Fihr, said that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said, The life of this world, compared to the Hereafter, is just like when one of you dips his finger in the sea, let him contemplate how much of it his finger would carry.
The Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) pointed with his index finger. Muslim collected this Hadith. Ath-Thawri narrated that Al-A`mash said about the Ayah, But little is the enjoyment of the life of this world compared to the Hereafter.
"What compares to the provision a traveler takes.'' `Abdul-`Aziz bin Abi Hazim narrated that his father said, "When `Abdul-`Aziz bin Marwan was dying he said, `Bring the shroud I will be covered with so that I inspect it.' When it was placed before him, he looked at it and said, `Is this what I will end up with from this life' He then turned his back and cried, while saying, `Woe to you, O life! Your abundance is truly little, your little is short lived, we were deceived by you.''' Allah warns those who do not join Jihad, If you march not forth, He will punish you with a painful torment
Ibn `Abbas (Radhi Allahu Anhuma) said, "Allah's Messenger called some Arabs to mobilize, but they lagged behind and Allah withheld rain from coming down on them, and this was their torment.'' Allah said, and will replace you by another people,
who will give aid to His Prophet and establish his religion. Allah said in another Ayah, (And if you turn away (from the obedience to Allah), He will exchange you for some other people and they will not be your likes.[Surah Muhammad 47: 38] and you cannot harm Him at all,
you can never harm Allah when you lag behind and stay away from joining Jihad, and Allah is able to do all things.
He is able to destroy the enemies without your help. Source: Tafsir ibn Kathir (Abridged)