Lesson # 385
Those who are astray
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse – 90 of 200, Section – 9 of 20, (Part – 3)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
90. Lo! Those who disbelieve after their (profession of) belief, and afterward persist in disbelief: their repentance will not be accepted. And such are those who are astray.
90. ‘Innal-laziina kafaruu ba’-da ‘iimaanihim summaz-daa-duu kufral-lan- tuqbala taw-batuhum. Wa 'ulaaa-'ika humuz-zaaal-luun.
Some more explanation has been made about repentance in this verse. Those persons who abashed due to wrongdoings and errors, if they repented and began doing good deeds; Allah Almighty will accept their repentance and forgive them. Here, it is commanded that those people who disbelieved intentionally after their belief, then continued denying it till the end, had they neither returned from the Infidelity, nor abstained from the enmity of the Observers of the laws of Prophet Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace of God Almighty be upon him). Moreover, they used to argue and fight the Believers.
When the time of death reached and the angles (peace be upon them) came to seize their souls, then they turned for repentance. Dear! What is the advantage of this repentance? The matter is clear that the purpose of repentance is correction and accuracy. If anybody repented at the time of death while there is no chance and time for correction and betterment, then there is no benefit of such repentance.
When some people feel trouble and either they become helpless from the outward circumstances, or any disease becomes incurable, then ordinarily and habitually they evoke “Repentance”. This type of repentance has no value. Some people perceive their sins and incline towards Allah Almighty. But no sooner; some time passed, circumstances changed, than they forgot everything, began evildoing and disobedience again. Repentance of such people cannot be acceptable also.
In everyday life, we observe that some people do good work either for ostentation or when they are compelled to do so. As if, when they have power and authority, they do not intend towards the goodness. When they become helpless, then they begin to accept that in future, they would not commit any evils deed. Such promise is useless. It means that heartily they do not have aversion from the evil and love with the goodness. On the contrary, they begin to evade false for getting benefit only for the time being. God Almighty commands, “in fact, these are the people, who went astray”.
We learnt from this verse that we should never go near the evil deeds, infidelity and denial. In addition, we should prostrate before God Almighty always for the guidance towards the Straight Path. Whenever we commit any error unknowingly, then we should repent forthwith.