47:1 PREVENTING a Muslim from Allah’s PATH will cause to LOSS of DEEDS


الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا وَصَدُّوا عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ أَضَلَّ أَعْمَالَهُمْ

Those who disbelieve and avert [people] from the way of Allah – He will waste their deeds.

যারা কুফরী করে এবং আল্লাহর পথে বাধা সৃষ্টি করে, আল্লাহ তাদের সকল কর্ম ব্যর্থ করে দেন।

Critical Reasoning:

What type of sentence is this?

Warning / Threat / Consequence of an Action.

What’s the subject here?

Warning for preventing from Allah’s Path

What does a warning mean to you?

That I have to be alert, remain careful of something of which is warned about and stay out of it.

Warning to whom?

1. Kuffar
2. Whoever PREVENT from the Way of Allah

What is the Ways of Allah?

Anything and everything that Allah Subhanahu and Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam commanded us to do and prohibit us not to do.

Does the PREVENTER here indicate only/limited to the Kuffar?

It appears to be indicating only to those (who prevents) among the Kuffar.  Therefore, generally, you can apply it only to the Kuffar.
But at the same time, it could apply to anybody who prevents people from Allah’s path. Because the main issue here is the preventing from Allah’s path.
Logically, it is only the Kuffar that expected to do such things while it is unexpected that a Muslim can prevent another Muslim from Allah’s path.

What’s the Warning?

Allah will make his DEED to be lost.

What’s in it for you?

Never be in a position to prevent others from worshiping Allah Subhanahu.
Never be in a position which prevents others from working in the path of Allah

Do you see a huge implication of this Ayah if you just stress it a little? 

How’s that?

Is discouraging someone also could be treated as preventing?

Not quite, only if discouragement leads one to leave the path of Allah.

Then, is making a bad comment or a bad criticizing of someone’s Ebadah or someone’s work which he was doing for Allah’s sake could be treated as discouragement?

May be! But even if it is not leading the person to leave the path of Allah, but this certainly is belittling a Muslim, which in itself is a great sin.*

Then do you realize the impact of it?

Please explain.

Example 1:

Does it happen very often that you make a comment or criticize someone’s work only because he is not doing the ‘best deed’, or because he is leaving the ‘best’ deed?

In Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun.
Yes, that’s true! Sometimes it happens that I feel pity for a brother when I find he is busy doing something while leaving things of great value for the Ummah that he can do. But I do it only because I expect better for him and better for the Ummah.

There’s nothing wrong being expecting better deed from your brother.
But the lesson or warning from this Ayah is:

Do not let a word comes out from your mouth that might discourage him from doing what he is doing.

Astagfirullah. Yeah Allah, forgive me for my mistakes.
Aujubillah. Yeah Rabb, save me from doing this anymore.

Example 2:

Did you see people discouraging Muslims from reading the Quran with understanding?

La Hawla Wa La Quwata Illa Billah!
This has been what most of the Ulema of the Ummah have been doing.
But they have reasons. They do it to prevent people from misguidance.

But is it not discouraging people to ponder on the Quran by themselves?

They want people to learn the Quran under an Ulema

Can all Muslims do it?

I don’t think so.

When they can’t, aren’t these statements (the placing of this condition for learning the Quran under an Ulema which neither Allah Tabaraka Wa Ta’ala nor Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has placed) discourage them to attempt understanding and contemplating on the Quran?

Definitely, that’s what happening with the Ummah. Only a small group learn the Quran by going to Madrasa and the rest do not make any attempt to learn the Quran.

And then, does not understanding the Quran impact their lives and their path towards Jannah?

Unfortunately, Of course. The result is manifested in the condition of the Ummah.

And do not these statements then eventually prevents them to be on the path of Allah?

Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun.
May Allah guide these Ulema. May Allah guide the Muslims.
And Allah knows best. May Allah give us a proper understanding of our Deen. Ameen.

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