Dual Nature of Blessings in Islam

bismillah1114444The following is taken from Sharh al-Hikam al-Ata’iyya.

Fear from the presence of His goodness towards you despite your continuous misbehavior with Him to be a way of gradually misleading you. “We shall gradually lead them [to destruction] from whence they perceive not.” [al-Qur’an 68:44]

Having fear of being gradually misled by blessings is an attribute of the believers and not having fear from such even though one is constantly misbehaving is an attribute of the disbelievers.

The scholars have said, “Among the signs of being gradually misled is continuously disobeying but being deluded by the continued ease and regarding the delay in punishment as a proof that one has reached Allah.

” And this is among the non-apparent plot of Allah as He has said: We shall gradually mislead them from whence they know not. [al-Qur’an 68:44].

This is done by Allah making them assume that they are fine, but they are not so. Thus, He will continue to mislead them a little bit at a time [until when its too late] and then He will take them to account suddenly. In this meaning is also the verse 44 of chapter 6 of the Qur’an: So when they forgot what they were reminded of [by continuously disobeying], We opened for them the doors of all [good] things until they became happy with what they received [without thanking Allah for it], We took them to account suddenly and they became hopeless [of mercy].

Sahl ibn `Abdullah (may Allah be have mercy on his soul) has said, “The meaning of Allah’s statement “We shall gradually mislead them from whence they know not” is: We shall support them with blessings and make them forget to thank Us for them. Thus, when they find peace with the blessings and become veiled from the One who gave the blessings, We take them to account.

Ibn `Ata’illah (may Allah be have mercy on his soul)  explains the meaning of the verse as, “Every time they perform a new act of disobedience, we increase the blessings and make them forget to ask forgiveness of the act of disobedience.”

 

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