Sheikh Muhammad Salih Al-Munajjid
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Allaah intends to clarify the truth to people and prove it, and thereby, leave no place for excuses that they did not receive the message of truth from Him; that is why He sent Messengers and Divine Books. Indeed, the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “No one likes to give people excuses more than Allaah.” He has sent the Messengers, peace be upon them, as warners and bringers of glad tidings; hence, they explained the message of Allaah and the scholars and students of knowledge did the same after them. This is so, because it is compulsory upon anyone who attains any knowledge to follow the footsteps of the Prophets and Messengers, peace be upon them, by clarifying what they are aware of.
Allaah says that which means: “And [mention, O Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam] when Allaah took a covenant from those who were given the Scripture, [saying]: ‘You must make it clear [i.e. explain it] to the people and not conceal it.’ But they threw it away behind their backs and exchanged it for a small price. And wretched is that which they purchased.” (Aal ‘Imraan: 187). The Jewish rabbis were commanded to believe in Muhammad sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam and to clarify his message to people. In the Torah, there was a mention of him, his description, the place he will be sent to and the description of his Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them. However, when they recognized him, they suppressed this news and disbelieved in him. Allaah says that which means: “Indeed, those who conceal what We sent down of clear proofs and guidance after We made it clear for the people in the Scripture – those are cursed by Allaah and cursed by those who curse (i.e., from among the angels and the believers.).” (Al-Baqarah: 159). Thus, it is a pledge which Allaah has taken from the people of knowledge, to explain the truth, rulings and legislations to people, and to not conceal it. Therefore, he who withholds any knowledge, has cheated and betrayed the slaves of Allaah, and will be cursed by Allaah and those who curse from His creations.
As for those who teach people what is good and make the truth clear to them, Allaah will forgive them and the angels, the whales and fish in the sea, as well as all animals, including the ant in her dwelling, will supplicate to Allaah for their forgiveness – all as a result of this great deed.
On the other hand, Allaah Has warned those who hide the truth which was revealed, in return of some worldly benefit, when He says that which means: “Indeed, they who conceal what Allaah has sent down of the Book and exchange it for a small price – those consume not into their bellies except the Fire….” (Al-Baqarah: 174). Thus, those who seek to gain worldly profits and, as a result, suppress the truth or state what is false instead, will receive a far greater retribution compared to what little benefit they gained in life, and will dwell eternally in the Hellfire.
The Arabs and Jews held the Jewish rabbis in the highest regard. The rabbis even used to receive gifts from the Arabs because of their approval of the disbelief and infidelity in which they were indulged and statements that pleased them. If an Arab came to a rabbi, asking him: “Are we better or Muhammad?”, he would reply: “Indeed you are better than him”.
The Prophet sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam said: “He who is asked about knowledge (regarding that which he knows) and he, in turn, conceals it, will be bridled with fire on the Day of Resurrection”. In this manner, the evil outcome corresponds with his deed, for just as he remained silent regarding the truth, he deserved a bridle of fire. Allaah says that which means: “Mankind was [of] one religion [before their deviation]; then Allaah sent the prophets as bringers of good tidings and warners and sent down with them the Scripture in truth to judge between the people concerning that in which they differed…” (Al-Baqarah: 213), and: “[It is] so He will make clear to them [the truth of] that wherein they differ and so those who have disbelieved may know that they were liars.” (An-Nahl: 39). Therefore, Allaah has sent the Qur’aan down in order to clarify for the people what they differ regarding; He says that which means: “And when Jesus brought clear proofs, he said, “I have come to you with wisdom [i.e. prophethood] and to make clear to you some of that over which you differ, so fear Allaah and obey me.” (Az-Zukhruf: 63). Continue reading