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The Parable of Sight and Sound!

12th of Jumada ath-Thaani

Suuratul Hud Verse 24

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مَثَلُ ٱلْفَرِيقَيْنِ كَٱلْأَعْمَىٰ وَٱلْأَصَمِّ وَٱلْبَصِيرِ وَٱلسَّمِيعِ ۚ هَلْ يَسْتَوِيَانِ مَثَلًا ۚأَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ ﴿٢٤

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24. The likeness of the two parties is as the blind and the deaf and the seer and the hearer. Are they equal when compared? Will you not then take heed?

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Tafsir Ibn Kathir Volume 5, Page 46

Here, Allah, the Exalted, makes a parable of the disbelievers and the believers. He says,

﴿مَثَلُ الْفَرِيقَيْنِ﴾

“The likeness of the two parties”

This refers to those disbelievers whom Allah first described as wretched, and then those believers whom He described with delightfulness. The first group is like one who is blind and deaf, while the second group is like he who sees and hears. Thus, the disbeliever is blind from the truth in this life and in the Hereafter. He is not guided to goodness, nor does he recognize it. He is deaf from hearing the proofs, thus he does not hear that which would benefit him. As Allah says,

﴿وَلَوْ عَلِمَ اللَّهُ فِيهِمْ خَيْرًا لأَسْمَعَهُمْ﴾

“Had Allah known of any good in them, He would indeed have made them listen.” (8:23)

The believer is smart, bright and clever. He sees the truth and distinguishes between the truth and falsehood. Thus, he follows the good and abandons the evil. He hears and distinguishes between the proof and scepticism. Therefore, falsehood does not overcome him. Are these two types of people alike

﴿أَفَلاَ تَذَكَّرُونَ ﴾

“Will you not then take heed”

This statement means, “Will you not consider, so that you may distinguish between these two categories of people.”

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The Example of Disbelief

5th of Jumada al-Uulaa

Suuratul Baqarah Verse 171

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وَمَثَلُ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ كَمَثَلِ ٱلَّذِى يَنْعِقُ بِمَا لَا يَسْمَعُ إِلَّا دُعَآءً وَنِدَآءً ۚ صُمٌّۢ بُكْمٌ عُمْىٌ فَهُمْ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ﴿١٧١

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171. And the example of those who disbelieve, is as that of him who shouts to the (flock of sheep) that hears nothing but calls and cries. (They are) deaf, dumb and blind. So they do not understand.

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Tafsir Ibn Kathir Volume 1, Page 468.

Allah said here

﴿وَمَثَلُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ﴾

“And the example of those who disbelieve…”

Meaning, in their injustice, misguidance and ignorance, they are just like wandering animals, not understanding what they are told; if the shepherd heralds them or calls them to what benefits them, they would not understand what is actually being said to them, for they only hear unintelligible sounds. This is what is reported from Ibn `Abbas, Abu Al-`Aliyah, Mujahid, `Ikrimah, `Ata’, Al-Hasan, Qatadah, `Ata’ Al-Khurasani and Ar-Rabi` bin Anas.

﴿صُمٌّ بُكْمٌ عُمْىٌ﴾

“They are deaf, dumb, and blind.”

Means, they are deaf, as they do not hear the truth; mute, as they do not utter it; and blind, as they do not see or recognize its path and way.

﴿فَهُمْ لاَ يَعْقِلُونَ﴾

“So they do not understand.”

Means, they do not comprehend or understand anything.

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