Their High Status In The Eyes of The People Led Them to Reject Eemaan and Ridicule Those of Lower Status!

 

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَجَعَلْنَا بَعْضَكُمْ لِبَعْضٍ فِتْنَةً أَتَصْبِرُونَ

And We have made some of you as a trial for others: will you have patience?

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

And because of this the poor and weak Muslims amongst the followers of the Messengers were a trial for the wealthy people and leaders–they (i.e. these wealthy ones and leaders) were prevented from accepting Eemaan after knowing the truthfulness of the Messengers. [Allaah says that they said]:

لَوْ كَانَ خَيْرًا مَا سَبَقُونَا إِلَيْهِ

Had it (i.e. the Message of the Messenger) been a good thing, they (weak and poor) would not have preceded us thereto! [Soorah Al-Ahqaaf: Ayah: 11]

And (Allaah said that) they (i.e. disbelievers in the time of Nooh) said to Nooh:

أَنُؤْمِنُ لَكَ وَاتَّبَعَكَ الْأَرْذَلُونَ

Shall we believe in you, when the lowest of the people follow you? (i.e. those without wealth or status in society). [Soorah Ash-Shu’araa: Ayah: 111]

 

Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَكَذَٰلِكَ فَتَنَّا بَعْضَهُمْ بِبَعْضٍ لِيَقُولُوا أَهَٰؤُلَاءِ مَنَّ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمْ مِنْ بَيْنِنَا

Thus We have tried some of them with others, that they might say: “Is it these (poor believers) that Allah has favoured from amongst us? [Soorah Al-An’aam: Ayah: 53]

So when a leader of high status saw that a poor person of lowly status had preceded him in belief and in following the Messenger (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), he become furious and scornful about accepting Islaam (due to not wanting) to be similar to (that poor person of lowly status).  And he says: I enter into Islaam so that I may be at the same level with this lowly one?

Az-Zujaaj (rahimahullaah) said: Perhaps a person of high status wanted to accept Islaam, but he was prevented from it so that it would not be said: ‘’Someone lower than him preceded him (in Islaam);’’ so he remains upon disbelief due to not (wanting) a Muslim to precede him in virtue.


[Source: Ighaathatul Lahfaan: 2/170-172]

 

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