Why Were The Greatest Criminals In The Towns Closer to Kufr?!
Allaah (The Most High) said:
وَكَذَٲلِكَ جَعَلۡنَا فِى كُلِّ قَرۡيَةٍ أَڪَـٰبِرَ مُجۡرِمِيهَا لِيَمۡڪُرُواْ فِيهَاۖ وَمَا يَمۡڪُرُونَ إِلَّا بِأَنفُسِہِمۡ وَمَا يَشۡعُرُونَ
”And thus We have set up in every town the greatest of its criminals to plot therein. But they plot not except against their ownselves, and they perceive (it) not.” [Soorah Al-An’aam: Ayah 123]
[وَكَذَٲلِكَ جَعَلۡنَا فِى كُلِّ قَرۡيَةٍ أَڪَـٰبِرَ مُجۡرِمِيهَا – And thus We have set up in every town the greatest of its criminals]: Imaam Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullaah) said that this ayah means: Just as We have placed in Makkah the most wicked of its sinners, likewise We have placed in every town its most wicked sinners. The most wicked sinners in every town are the closest to kufr due to the leadership and wealth they are given.
[لِيَمۡڪُرُواْ فِيهَاۖ – to plot therein]: Abu Ubaidah (rahimahullaah) said: With deceit, trickery, wicked deeds, treachery and conflict. Ibn Abbaas (radiyallaahu-anhumaa) said: They (spread) lies in the towns. Mujaahid (rahimahullaah) said: Four people sat in every street of Makkah in order to divert them from believing in Muhammad and in order to say to them: This one (i.e. Muhammad) is a poet and a sorcerer. [وَمَا يَمۡڪُرُونَ إِلَّا بِأَنفُسِہِمۡ وَمَا يَشۡعُرُون – But they plot not except against their ownselves, and they perceive (it) not]
[Source: Zaadul Maseer’ by Imaam Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullaah)]