Guidance is Not in Our Hands

After receiving guidance to the Straight Path, we sometimes wish that all those whom we love realize the beauty of our Deen and accept it with their hearts and manifest it in their deeds. Allah Ta’ala knew that we would feel this way and said in the Qur’an:

إِنَّكَ لَا تَهْدِي مَنْ أَحْبَبْتَ وَلَٰكِنَّ اللَّهَ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَهُوَ أَعْلَمُ بِالْمُهْتَدِينَ

Indeed you do not guide whom you love, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He is most knowing of the [rightly] guided.

(Chapter 28, Surah Al-Qasas, Verse 56)

So what can we do?

وَمَا عَلَيْنَا إِلَّا الْبَلَاغُ الْمُبِينُ

“And our duty is only to convey plainly (the Message).”

(Chapter 36, Surah Ya-seen, Verse 17)

فَإِن تَوَلَّوْا فَإِنَّمَا عَلَيْكَ الْبَلَاغُ الْمُبِينُ

Then, if they turn away, your duty is only to convey (the Message) in a clear way.

(Chapter 16, Surah An-Nahl, Verse 82)

And in the end…

مَّنْ عَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلِنَفْسِهِ ۖ وَمَنْ أَسَاءَ فَعَلَيْهَا ۗ وَمَا رَبُّكَ بِظَلَّامٍ لِّلْعَبِيدِ

Whosoever does righteous good deed it is for (the benefit of) his ownself, and whosoever does evil, it is against his ownself, and your Lord is not at all unjust to (His) slaves.

(Chapter 41, Surah Fussilat, Verse 46)

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Allah’s Promise vs. Shaitan’s Promise

“And Shaytaan (Satan) will say when the matter has been decided: ‘Verily, Allah promised you a promise of truth. And I too promised you, but I betrayed you. I had no authority over you except that I called you, and you responded to me. So blame me not, but blame yourselves. I cannot help you, nor can you help me. I deny your former act in associating me (Satan) as a partner with Allah (by obeying me in the life of the world). Verily, there is a painful torment for the Zaalimun (polytheists and wrongdoers)’”

[Ibrahim 14:22]

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