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The Tricks of the Jews, and Allah's Curse

`Abdullah bin `Abbas narrated, "When `Umar bin Al-Khattab was told that Samurah sold liquor, he commented, `May Allah fight Samurah! Did he not know that the Messenger of Allah said,

« لَعَنَ اللهُ الْيَهُودَ حُرِّمَتْ عَلَيْهِمُ الشُّحُومُ فَجَمَلُوهَا فَبَاعُوهَا »

(May Allah curse the Jews! The fats were forbidden for them, so they melted the fat and sold it.)'' This Hadith is recorded in the Two Sahihs. Jabir bin `Abdullah said, "In the year of the victory of Makkah, I heard Allah's Messenger saying;

« إِنَّ اللهَ وَرَسُولَهُ حَرَّمَ بَيْعَ الْخَمْرِ وَالْمَيْتَةِ وَالْخِنْزِيرِ وَالْأَصْنَام »

(Allah and His Messenger have forbidden selling alcoholic drinks (intoxicants), dead animals, swine and idols.) He was asked, `What about the fat of dead animals They are used to dye skins, paint ships and are used as light by the people.' He said,

« لَا هُوَ حَرَام »

(No, it is still unlawful.) He then said,

« قَاتَلَ اللهُ الْيَهُودَ إِنَّ اللهَ لَمَّا حَرَّمَ عَلَيْهِمْ شُحُومَهَا جَمَلُوهُ ثُمَّ بَاعُوهُ وَأَكَلُوا ثَمَنَه »

(May Allah fight the Jews! When Allah forbade them the fats of animals, they melted the fat, sold it and ate its price.)'' The Group recorded this Hadith.

﴿ فَإِن ڪَذَّبُوكَ فَقُل رَّبُّڪُمۡ ذُو رَحۡمَةٍ۬ وَٲسِعَةٍ۬ وَلَا يُرَدُّ بَأۡسُهُ ۥ عَنِ ٱلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلۡمُجۡرِمِينَ

(147. If they deny you say: "Your Lord is the Owner of vast mercy, and never will His wrath be turned back from the people who are criminals.") Allah says, if your opponents among the idolators, Jews and their likes reject you, O Muhammad,

﴿ فَقُل رَّبُّڪُمۡ ذُو رَحۡمَةٍ۬ وَٲسِعَةٍ۬

(Say: "Your Lord is the Owner of vast mercy...") encouraging them to seek Allah's vast mercy and follow His Messenger ,

﴿ وَلَا يُرَدُّ بَأۡسُهُ ۥ عَنِ ٱلۡقَوۡمِ ٱلۡمُجۡرِمِينَ

(and never will His wrath be turned back from the people who are criminals.) discouraging them from defying the Messenger, the Final Prophet, Muhammad . Allah often joins encouragement with threats in the Qur'an. Allah said at the end of this Surah:

﴿ إِنَّ رَبَّكَ سَرِيعُ ٱلۡعِقَابِ وَإِنَّهُ ۥ لَغَفُورٌ۬ رَّحِيمُۢ

(Surely, your Lord is swift in retribution, and certainly He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.) (6:165) Allah also said,

﴿ وَإِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَذُو مَغۡفِرَةٍ۬ لِّلنَّاسِ عَلَىٰ ظُلۡمِهِمۡ‌ۖ وَإِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَشَدِيدُ ٱلۡعِقَابِ

(But verily, your Lord is full of forgiveness for mankind in spite of their wrongdoing. And verily, your Lord is (also) severe in punishment.) (13:6), and

﴿ نَبِّئۡ عِبَادِىٓ أَنِّىٓ أَنَا ٱلۡغَفُورُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ وَأَنَّ عَذَابِى هُوَ ٱلۡعَذَابُ ٱلۡأَلِيمُ

(Declare unto My servants, that truly, I am the Oft-Forgiving, the Most Merciful. And that My torment is indeed the most painful torment.) (15:49-50), and

﴿ غَافِرِ ٱلذَّنۢبِ وَقَابِلِ ٱلتَّوۡبِ شَدِيدِ ٱلۡعِقَابِ

(The Forgiver of sin, the Acceptor of repentance, the Severe in punishment.) (40:3) and,

﴿ إِنَّ بَطۡشَ رَبِّكَ لَشَدِيدٌ إِنَّهُ ۥ هُوَ يُبۡدِئُ وَيُعِيدُ وَهُوَ ٱلۡغَفُورُ ٱلۡوَدُودُ

(Verily, the punishment of your Lord is severe and painful. Verily, He it is Who begins and repeats. And He is Oft-Forgiving, full of love.) (85:12-14). There are many other Ayat on this subject.

﴿ سَيَقُولُ ٱلَّذِينَ أَشۡرَكُواْ لَوۡ شَآءَ ٱللَّهُ مَآ أَشۡرَڪۡنَا وَلَآ ءَابَآؤُنَا وَلَا حَرَّمۡنَا مِن شَىۡءٍ۬‌ۚ ڪَذَٲلِكَ كَذَّبَ ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِهِمۡ حَتَّىٰ ذَاقُواْ بَأۡسَنَا‌ۗ قُلۡ هَلۡ عِندَڪُم مِّنۡ عِلۡمٍ۬ فَتُخۡرِجُوهُ لَنَآ‌ۖ إِن تَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا ٱلظَّنَّ وَإِنۡ أَنتُمۡ إِلَّا تَخۡرُصُونَ قُلۡ فَلِلَّهِ ٱلۡحُجَّةُ ٱلۡبَـٰلِغَةُ‌ۖ فَلَوۡ شَآءَ لَهَدَٮٰكُمۡ أَجۡمَعِينَ قُلۡ هَلُمَّ شُہَدَآءَكُمُ ٱلَّذِينَ يَشۡهَدُونَ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ حَرَّمَ هَـٰذَا‌ۖ فَإِن شَہِدُواْ فَلَا تَشۡهَدۡ مَعَهُمۡ‌ۚ وَلَا تَتَّبِعۡ أَهۡوَآءَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَذَّبُواْ بِـَٔايَـٰتِنَا وَٱلَّذِينَ لَا يُؤۡمِنُونَ بِٱلۡأَخِرَةِ وَهُم بِرَبِّهِمۡ يَعۡدِلُونَ

(148. Those who committed Shirk say: "If Allah had willed, we would not have committed Shirk, nor would our fathers, and we would not have forbidden anything (against His will)." Likewise belied those who were before them, till they tasted Our wrath. Say: "Have you any knowledge (proof) that you can produce before us Verily, you follow the Zann and you do nothing but lie.") (149. Say: "With Allah is the perfect proof and argument; had He so willed, He would indeed have guided you all.") (150. Say: "Bring forward your witnesses, who can testify that Allah has forbidden this." Then if they testify, do not testify with them. And do not follow the vain desires of those who belie Our Ayat, and such as believe not in the Hereafter, and they hold others as equal with their Lord.)

A False Notion and its Rebuttal

Here Allah mentioned a debate with the idolators, refuting a false notion they have over their Shirk and the things that they prohibited. They said, surely, Allah has full knowledge of the Shirk we indulge in, and that we forbid some kinds of wealth. Allah is able to change this Shirk by directing us to the faith, - they claimed - and prevent us from falling into disbelief, but He did not do that. Therefore - they said Allah indicated that He willed, decided and agreed that we do all this. They said,

﴿ لَوۡ شَآءَ ٱللَّهُ مَآ أَشۡرَڪۡنَا وَلَآ ءَابَآؤُنَا وَلَا حَرَّمۡنَا مِن شَىۡءٍ۬‌ۚ

("If Allah had willed, we would not have taken partners (in worship) with Him, nor would our fathers, and we would not have forbidden anything.") Allah said in another Ayah,

﴿ وَقَالُواْ لَوۡ شَآءَ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنُ مَا عَبَدۡنَـٰهُم‌ۗ

(And they said: "If it had been the will of the Most Gracious (Allah), we should not have worshipped them (false deities)") (43:20). Similar is mentioned in Surat An-Nahl. Allah said next,

﴿ كَذَٲلِكَ كَذَّبَ ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبۡلِهِمۡ‌ۖ

(Likewise belied those who were before them,) for by using and relying on this understanding, the misguided ones before them were led astray. This notion is false and ungrounded, for had it been true, Allah would not have harmed them, destroyed them, aided His honorable Messengers over them, and made them taste His painful punishment.

﴿ قُلۡ هَلۡ عِندَڪُم مِّنۡ عِلۡمٍ۬

(Say: "Have you any knowledge...") that Allah is pleased with you and with your ways,

﴿ فَتُخۡرِجُوهُ لَنَآ‌ۖ

(that you can produce before us.) and make it plain, apparent and clear for us. However,

﴿ إِن تَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا ٱلظَّنَّ

(Verily, you only follow the Zann) doubts and wishful thinking,

﴿ وَإِنۡ أَنتُمۡ إِلَّا تَخۡرُصُونَ

(and you do nothing but lie) about Allah in the false claims that you utter. Allah said next,

﴿ قُلۡ فَلِلَّهِ ٱلۡحُجَّةُ ٱلۡبَـٰلِغَةُ‌ۖ فَلَوۡ شَآءَ لَهَدَٮٰكُمۡ أَجۡمَعِينَ

(Say: "With Allah is the perfect proof and argument; had He so willed, He would indeed have guided you all.") Allah said to His Prophet

﴿ قُلۡ

(Say) O Muhammad, to them,

﴿ فَلِلَّهِ ٱلۡحُجَّةُ ٱلۡبَـٰلِغَةُ‌ۖ

("With Allah is the perfect proof and argument. ..") the perfect wisdom and unequivocal proof to guide whom He wills and misguide whom He wills.

﴿ فَلَوۡ شَآءَ لَهَدَٮٰكُمۡ أَجۡمَعِينَ

(had He so willed, He would indeed have guided you all.) All of this happens according to His decree, His will, and His choice. So in this way, He is pleased with the believers, and angry with the disbelievers. Allah said in other Ayat,

﴿ وَلَوۡ شَآءَ ٱللَّهُ لَجَمَعَهُمۡ عَلَى ٱلۡهُدَىٰ‌ۚ

(And had Allah willed, He could have gathered them together (all) on true guidance,) (6:35) and

﴿ وَلَوۡ شَآءَ رَبُّكَ لَأَمَنَ مَن فِى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ

(And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed, all of them together.) (10:99) and,

﴿ وَلَوۡ شَآءَ رَبُّكَ لَجَعَلَ ٱلنَّاسَ أُمَّةً۬ وَٲحِدَةً۬‌ۖ وَلَا يَزَالُونَ مُخۡتَلِفِينَ
﴿ إِلَّا مَن رَّحِمَ رَبُّكَ‌ۚ وَلِذَٲلِكَ خَلَقَهُمۡ‌ۗ وَتَمَّتۡ كَلِمَةُ رَبِّكَ لَأَمۡلَأَنَّ جَهَنَّمَ مِنَ ٱلۡجِنَّةِ وَٱلنَّاسِ أَجۡمَعِينَ

(And if your Lord had so willed, He could surely have made mankind one Ummah, but they will not cease to disagree. Except him on whom your Lord has bestowed His mercy and for that did He create them. And the Word of your Lord has been fulfilled: "Surely, I shall fill Hell with Jinns and men all together.") (11:118-119) Ad-Dahhak said, "No one has an excuse if he disobeys Allah. Surely, Allah has the perfect proof established against His servants.'' Allah said,

﴿ قُلۡ هَلُمَّ شُہَدَآءَكُمُ

(Bring forward your witnesses,) produce your witnesses,

﴿ ٱلَّذِينَ يَشۡهَدُونَ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ حَرَّمَ هَـٰذَا‌ۖ

(who can testify that Allah has forbidden this.) which you have forbidden and lied and invented about Allah in this regard,

﴿ فَإِن شَہِدُواْ فَلَا تَشۡهَدۡ مَعَهُمۡ‌ۚ

(Then if they testify, do not testify with them.) because in this case, their testimony is false and untrue,

﴿ وَلَا تَتَّبِعۡ أَهۡوَآءَ ٱلَّذِينَ كَذَّبُواْ بِـَٔايَـٰتِنَا وَٱلَّذِينَ لَا يُؤۡمِنُونَ بِٱلۡأَخِرَةِ وَهُم بِرَبِّهِمۡ يَعۡدِلُونَ

(And do not follow the vain desires of those who belie Our Ayat, and such as believe not in the Hereafter, and they hold others as equal with their Lord.) by associating others with Allah in worship and treating them as equals to Him.

﴿ قُلۡ تَعَالَوۡاْ أَتۡلُ مَا حَرَّمَ رَبُّڪُمۡ عَلَيۡڪُمۡ‌ۖ أَلَّا تُشۡرِكُواْ بِهِۦ شَيۡـًٔ۬ا‌ۖ وَبِٱلۡوَٲلِدَيۡنِ إِحۡسَـٰنً۬ا‌ۖ وَلَا تَقۡتُلُوٓاْ أَوۡلَـٰدَڪُم مِّنۡ إِمۡلَـٰقٍ۬‌ۖ نَّحۡنُ نَرۡزُقُڪُمۡ وَإِيَّاهُمۡ‌ۖ وَلَا تَقۡرَبُواْ ٱلۡفَوَٲحِشَ مَا ظَهَرَ مِنۡهَا وَمَا بَطَنَ‌ۖ وَلَا تَقۡتُلُواْ ٱلنَّفۡسَ ٱلَّتِى حَرَّمَ ٱللَّهُ إِلَّا بِٱلۡحَقِّ‌ۚ ذَٲلِكُمۡ وَصَّٮٰكُم بِهِۦ لَعَلَّكُمۡ تَعۡقِلُونَ

(151. Say: "Come, I will recite what your Lord has prohibited you from: Join not anything in worship with Him; be kind and dutiful to your parents; kill not your children because of poverty -- We provide sustenance for you and for them. Come not near to Al-Fawahish (immoral sins) whether committed openly or secretly; and kill not anyone whom Allah has forbidden, except for a just cause. This He has commanded you that you may understand.")