A Common Word: Gone Astray?

On the Fifth page of the letter, we find a quote from  1:1-7, from which I excerpt a small but significant portion.

Guide us upon the straight path. / The path of those on whom is Thy Grace, not those who deserve anger nor
those who are astray.

Who deserves Allah’s anger, and who went astray. It is easy to guess, but are we accurate? Is Allah really refering to Jews & Christians? Perhaps Ibn Kathir will clarify the matter for us.  [Emphasis & links added.]

The Faithful ask for and abide by Guidance

(Not (the way) of those who earned Your anger, nor of those who went astray) meaning guide us to the straight path, the path of those upon whom you have bestowed Your grace, that is, the people of guidance, sincerity and obedience to Allah and His Messengers. They are the people who adhere to Allah’s commandments and refrain from committing what He has prohibited. But, help us to avoid the path of those whom Allah is angry with, whose intentions are corrupt, who know the truth, yet deviate from it. Also, help us avoid the path of those who were led astray, who lost the true knowledge and, as a result, are wandering in misguidance, unable to find the correct path. Allah asserted that the two paths He described here are both misguided when He repeated the negation `not’. The path of the believers is knowledge of the truth and abiding by it. In comparison, These two paths are the paths of the Christians and Jews, a fact that the believer should beware of so that he avoids them.the Jews abandoned practicing the religion, while the Christians lost the true knowledge. This is why `anger’ descended upon the Jews, while being described as `led astray’ is more appropriate of the Christians. Those who know, but avoid implementing the truth, deserve the anger, unlike those who are ignorant. The Christians want to seek the true knowledge, but are unable to find it because they did not seek it from its proper resources.

This is why they were led astray. We should also mention that both the Christians and the Jews have earned the anger and are led astray, but the anger is one of the attributes more particular of the Jews. Allah said about the Jews,

﴿مَن لَّعَنَهُ اللَّهُ وَغَضِبَ عَلَيْهِ﴾

(Those (Jews) who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath) (5:60).

The attribute that the Christians deserve most is that of being led astray, just as Allah said about them,

﴿قَدْ ضَلُّواْ مِن قَبْلُ وَأَضَلُّواْ كَثِيراً وَضَلُّواْ عَن سَوَآءِ السَّبِيلِ﴾

(Who went astray before and who misled many, and strayed (themselves) from the right path) (5:77).

What does Allah really think of us?

8:55. Verily, The worst of moving (living) creatures before Allâh are those who disbelieve , – so they shall not believe.

8:56. They are those with whom you made a covenant, but they break their covenant every time and they do not fear Allâh.

8:57. So if you gain the mastery over them in war, punish them severely in order to disperse those who are behind them, so that they may learn a lesson.

98:6. Verily, those who disbelieve (in the religion of Islâm, the Qur’ân and Prophet Muhammad ()) from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and Al-Mushrikûn will abide in the Fire of Hell. They are the worst of creatures.

9:30. And the Jews say: ‘Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allâh, and the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allâh. That is a saying from their mouths. They imitate the saying of the disbelievers of old. Allâh’s Curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth!

So, we are gone astray and must be gathered back into the flock of Islam  or……

3:12. Say (O Muhammad ) to those who disbelieve:You will be defeated and gathered together to Hell, and worst indeed is that place to rest.”

3:13. There has already been a sign for you (O Jews) in the two armies that met (in combat i.e. the battle of Badr): One was fighting in the Cause of Allâh, and as for the other (they) were disbelievers. They (the believers) saw them (the disbelievers) with their own eyes twice their number (although they were thrice their number). And Allâh supports with His Victory whom He pleases. Verily, in this is a lesson for those who understand. (See Verse 8:44). (Tafsir At-Tabarî)

Do you understand?  Apparently the Bishops who have responded to the letter don’t understand.

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3 Responses to “A Common Word: Gone Astray?”

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