God has issued that His enemies are destined to Hell. According to Quran, God's enemies are the disbelievers and liars who do not live by or stand for His Truth.. Because of that, they are exiled by their choice from His mercy (7:147). Idol worshipers and hypocrites are liars and are labeled by God as the worst creatures and the real enemies (98:6, 48:6, 40:10, 8:55, 63:4).
We learn from Quran that God's enemies are also enemies of His systems- His decreed laws and commands (47:28). Conversely, all true believers, including angels, reverence all of His systems and are always eager to please Him according to His issued will (13:21, 23:61, 35:32). Therefore, they abhor all that He abhors, disown all that He disowns, and love all that He loves. They utter all that conforms with His issued judgments and act upon His commands with no hesitance, compromise or a trace of hypocrisy. Please examine the following examples displayed by the angels and the righteous believers who witness and abide by God's will and judgment:
- Forgiveness is decreed for the believers only. Persisting disbelief in all forms is unforgivable. Believers and angels cannot pray for the forgiveness of disbelievers ; they cannot oppose God's decreed will:
[33:73] For GOD will inevitably punish the hypocrite men and the hypocrite women, and the idol worshiping men and the idol worshiping women. GOD redeems the believing men and the believing women. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
Angels Pray for the Believers [40:7] Those who serve the throne and all those around it glorify and praise their Lord, and believe in Him. And they ask forgiveness for those who believe: "Our Lord, Your mercy and Your knowledge encompass all things. Forgive those who repent and follow Your path, and spare them the retribution of Hell.
You Shall Disown God's Enemies
Abraham Disowned His Father [9:113] Neither the prophet, nor those who believe shall ask forgiveness for the idol worshipers, even if they were their nearest of kin, once they realize that they are destined for Hell.
[9:114] The only reason Abraham asked forgiveness for his father was that he had promised him to do so. But as soon as he realized that he was an enemy of GOD, he disowned him. Abraham was extremely kind, clement.
- All categories of disbelievers are destined to Hell. It is unrighteous if not abhorred by God to try to negotiate God's issued will for His enemies and opponents:
[2:98] Anyone who opposes GOD, and His angels, and His messengers, and Gabriel and Michael, should know that GOD opposes the disbelievers.
[40:35] They argue against God's revelations, without any basis. This is a trait that is most abhorred by God and by those who believe. God thus seals the hearts of every arrogant tyrant.
[11:45] Noah implored his Lord: "My Lord, my son is a member of my family, and Your promise is the truth. You are the wisest of the wise."
[11:46] He said, "O Noah, he is not of your family. It is unrighteous to ask Me for something you do not know.* I enlighten you, lest you be like the ignorant."
[11:74] When Abraham's fear subsided, and the good news was delivered to him, he proceeded to argue with us on behalf of Lot's people.
[11:75] Indeed, Abraham was clement, extremely kind, and obedient.
[11:76] "O Abraham, refrain from this. Your Lord's judgment has been issued; they have incurred unavoidable retribution."
- God doesn't love, stand by or support his opponents. We are to exactly do the same and feel the same; we cannot befriend them, we cannot take them as allies in religion, and we cannot stand for them or defend them :
[40:10] Those who disbelieve will be told, "GOD's abhorrence towards you is even worse than your own abhorrence towards yourselves. For you were invited to believe, but you chose to disbelieve."
[11:113] Do not lean towards those who have transgressed, lest you incur Hell, and find no allies to help you against GOD, then end up losers.
[4:107] Do not argue on behalf of those who have wronged their own souls; GOD does not love any betrayer, guilty.
[4:108] They hide from the people, and do not care to hide from GOD, though He is with them as they harbor ideas He dislikes. GOD is fully aware of everything they do.
[4:109] Here you are arguing on their behalf in this world; who is going to argue with GOD on their behalf on the Day of Resurrection? Who is going to be their advocate?
[58:22] You will not find people who believe in GOD and the Last Day befriending those who oppose GOD and His messenger, even if they were their parents, or their children, or their siblings, or their tribe. For these, He decrees faith into their hearts, and supports them with inspiration from Him, and admits them into gardens with flowing streams wherein they abide forever. GOD is pleased with them, and they are pleased with Him. These are the party of GOD. Most assuredly, GOD's party are the winners.
[3:28] The believers never ally themselves with the disbelievers, instead of the believers. Whoever does this is exiled from GOD. Exempted are those who are forced to do this to avoid persecution. GOD alerts you that you shall reverence Him alone. To GOD is the ultimate destiny.
- Believers are the witnesses of the Day of Judgment (3:53, 5:83, 22:78, 2:143, 3:140, 39:69). On that day, those witnesses will only utter God's issued will, and will never go against His systems:
[78:38] The day will come when the Spirit and the angels will stand in a row. None will speak except those permitted by the Most Gracious, and they will utter only what is right.
[11:105] The day it comes to pass, no soul will utter a single word, except in accordance with His will. Some will be miserable, and some will be happy.
[43:86] None of those whom they idolize beside Him possess any power to intercede, unless their intercession coincides with the truth, and they fully know.
[53:26] Not even the angels in heaven possess authority to intercede. The only ones permitted by GOD are those who act in accordance with His will and His approval.
We learn from the above lessons and reminders that our abhorrence as righteous believers towards evil and corruption is a natural outcome of our love for God, our knowledge of His truth, our passion towards that truth and our reverence of His systems. Taking that a step further, believers are supposed to oppose evil and fight corruption as commanded simply because they can not transgress the just systems and laws issued by God - they reverence them. The following verses emphasize the educated, reverent act of actively opposing evil and corruption while condemning apathy:
[22:41]They are those who, if we appointed them as rulers on earth, they would establish the Contact Prayers (Salat) and the obligatory charity (Zakat), and would advocate righteousness and forbid evil. God is the ultimate ruler.
[3:104] Let there be a community of you who invite to what is good, advocate righteousness, and forbid evil. These are the winners.
[11:116] If only some of those among the previous generations possessed enough intelligence to forbid evil! Only a few of them deserved to be saved by us. As for the transgressors, they were preoccupied with their material luxuries; they were guilty.
[7:56] Do not corrupt the earth after it has been set straight, and worship Him out of reverence, and out of hope. Surely, God's mercy is attainable by the righteous.
[5:78] Condemned are those who disbelieved among the Children of Israel, by the tongue of David and Jesus, the son of Mary. This is because they disobeyed and transgressed.
[5:79] They did not enjoin one another from committing evil. Miserable indeed is what they did.
[5:80] You would see many of them allying themselves with those who disbelieve. Miserable indeed is what their hands have sent forth on behalf of their souls. GOD is angry with them and, consequently, they will abide forever in retribution.
[4:75] Why should you not fight in the cause of GOD when weak men, women, and children are imploring: "Our Lord, deliver us from this community whose people are oppressive, and be You our Lord and Master."
We also learn from all the above reminders and lessons that true appreciation must be based on the logic of Quran- according to God's issued will and judgment. God appreciates righteousness and belief- He doesn't appreciate transgression and He abhors and condemns disbelief and disbelievers. Therefore, believers are naturally capable of appreciating and praising only what God appreciates and praises. They are naturally intolerant to any of what God doesn't appreciate.
It is only our love for God- for all that He is, the unwavering belief in His proven words, and the appreciation of the mercy and the wisdom of these proven words that regulate our inner balance to maintain our submission and peace while struggling against falsifiers and evil. Even though there is a high social, emotional and physical cost to stay steadfast, in constant reverence and observance of God's systems, that inner balance is the constant signature of God's support, approval and compassion towards His allies. For the ignorant, this balanced equation is hard to relate to or even comprehend!
[33:23] Among the believers there are people who fulfill their pledges with GOD. Some of them died, while others stand ready, never wavering.
[33:24] GOD will surely recompense the truthful for their truthfulness, and will punish the hypocrites, if He so wills, or redeem them. GOD is Forgiver, Most Merciful.
[3:146] Many a prophet had godly people fight along with him, without ever wavering under pressure in the cause of GOD, nor did they hesitate or become discouraged. GOD loves the steadfast.
[3:139] You shall not waver, nor shall you grieve, for you are the ultimate victors, if you are believers.
[47:35] Therefore, you shall not waver and surrender in pursuit of peace, for you are guaranteed victory, and GOD is with you. He will never waste your efforts.
Peaceful Friday, salaam and God bless.