45:23 Have you ever WONDERed what makes the most KNOWLEDGEABLE Scholars to be ‘the WORST creature under the sky’?

45:23

أَفَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَٰهَهُ هَوَاهُ وَأَضَلَّهُ اللَّهُ عَلَىٰ عِلْمٍ وَخَتَمَ عَلَىٰ سَمْعِهِ وَقَلْبِهِ وَجَعَلَ عَلَىٰ بَصَرِهِ غِشَاوَةً فَمَن يَهْدِيهِ مِن بَعْدِ اللَّهِ ۚ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ

Translators:

Abdul Majid Daryabadi

Beholdest thou him who taketh for his ‘god’ his own vain desire and Allah hath sent him astray despite his knowledge, and hath sealed up his hearing and his heart, and hath set on his sight a covering? Who will guide him after Allah? Will ye not then be admonished?

Ali Ünal

Do you ever consider him who has taken his lusts for his deity,and whom ‘God’ has (consequently) led astray though he has knowledge (of guidance and straying), and sealed his hearing and his heart, and put a cover on his sight? Who, then, can guide him after God (has led him astray)? Will you not then reflect and be mindful?

Faridul Haque

Just look at him who makes his desire as his ‘God’, and Allah has sent him astray despite his having knowledge, and set a seal upon his ears and his heart, and a covering upon his eyes; so who will guide him after Allah? So do you not ponder?

Muhammad Mahmoud Ghali

So have you seen him who has taken to him his prejudice to be his ‘god’ and Allah has led him into error in spite of knowledge, (i.e., although he had (some) knowledge) and has sealed his hearing and his heart, and made an envelopment on his beholding? (i.e., eyesight) Who will then guide him ever after Allah? Will you then not be mindful?

Bangla

তবে তুমি কি তাকে লক্ষ্য করেছ, যে তার প্রবৃত্তিকে আপন ইলাহ বানিয়ে নিয়েছে? তার কাছে জ্ঞান আসার পরআল্লাহ তাকে পথভ্রষ্ট করেছেন এবং তিনি তার কান ও অন্তরে মোহর মেরে দিয়েছেন। আর তার চোখের উপর স্থাপন করেছেন আবরণ। অতএব আল্লাহর পর কে তাকে হিদায়াত করবে? তারপরও কি তোমরা উপদেশ গ্রহণ করবে না?

Critical Reasoning:

What’s the direct context of this Ayah?

Even without going to a Tafseer, with a general knowledge of Islam you know that Rasulullah SallaAllahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has dealt with basically two parties. So, this Ayah has straight connection to either:
The Jews of Madina? Or,
The Mushriqun of the Quraish?

All of the translations took this Ayah in the context of a Kafir to whom knowledge was reached yet he followed his desire, therefore, Allah led him astray.

But do you just leave it there?

Then how do you understand this Ayah, how do you implement this Ayah in your context today?

The Easy one is:

You deliver the message of Islam with logic, rationality, scientific evidence to a person (therefore the knowledge of Islam reached to him) yet he sticks on to his philosophy, his HAWA and does not turn to Allah, therefore, Allah led him astray and sets seal on his organs.
Understandable?

Then, do you just stop there?

Does an Ayah only apply to the context or the background it revealed at the time of Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam and you left it there?
Or we apply the context in our times?

Therefore, let’s get into little deeper!

As for the HAWA itself,
Could this be applied to a knowledgeable Muslim, to a Muslim Scholar too?
Could a Muslim after having a knowledge of Allah yet follows his desire?
Otherwise, how would you explain the misguidance of those Scholars who are calling the Ummah to Shirk and Kufr, about whom Rasulullah SallaAlahu Alaihi Wa Sallam warned about that “There will be the Ulema of my Ummah who will be the worst creature under the sky”?
And Allah knows best.

Naujubillah! May Allah protect you and me from our Hawa, from following our desire.
“Allahumma inni aujubika min sharri Nafsee”
“Allahumma inni aaujubika min hawaa”

The second important issue:

You won’t find most of the Muslims are generally aware about this shirk of taking their HAWA as their ILAHA. Not many Ulema emphasis this.
And they should specify clearly how an act might be regarded as comes from Hawa.

How do you find those acts of Hawa in today’s Muslim scholars?

Few Examples:

  • When a Imam of Haramain gives statement that US President Trump and Saudi govt. is working for peace in the region.
  • When a scholar does not understand the Taghut of a govt who declares Haram what Allah made Halal (They, the govt., made below 18 marraige of a women Haram) and yet these Astray Scholars do not understand their (govt’) act as an act of RABB, yet they think they are Muslim just because they say ‘La Ilaha Illa Allah’.
  • When a scholar preaching for voting while he does not understand the shirk in participating in voting, which gives authority to people to enact laws against Allah’s LawOnly because these scholars follow their Hawa,
    Their love of the comfort, their love for the honor, their love for popularity blinds them, therefore Allah sets the seal in their heart!

    And Allah knows best.
    May Allah guide these scholars. Ameen.

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