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The curse of Allah that turned some sinners into apes and swines

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« on: April 19, 2011, 01:34:17 am »

Walaikum Salaam, dear brother ts.  Nice to see you after quite a long time.  I pray you and your family are well.  I'm glad to know that your weekly discussions with your team of friends is regularly taking place.  Mash'Allah.

Verse 5:60 will surely be a very interesting topic for discussion, Alhumdulilah.

We all know for sure that Allah, The Exalted, is All-Powerful and is able to do all things.  If He wants to make a certain thing happen, He only says "Be" and it is (Kun Faya Kun).  Thus, if Allah is angry with someone, His anger and curse can also have a lot of power and indeed it can change the outward appearances of humans and everything else.  Whether or not our limited imagination is able to comprehend it, surely every decision made by Allah contains reason, justice and wisdom.   That's definite.

Concerning Verse 5:60 (as I understand it), I do not think the meaning is literal.  Allah is mentioning about a specific society of polythiests in some era of history.  Their disbelief and disobedience had crossed all bounds.  Because of their stubbornness in practicing idolatry and their improper conduct, they were guilty of unforgivable sins.  They ended up earning the wrath and curse of Allah.  Of course only Allah knows best, but as per my perception, when Allah says that he turned some of them into "apes" and "swine," the reference is that they were completely refused Allah's guidance which made them sink deeper and deeper into total ignorance, to the extent that their level of perception could be compared with apes and swine.

However, this does not mean that apes and swine are disobedient or evil. Allah has not ordained any such thing as "disobedience" or "evil" in animals.   If an ape or swine or any other animal has limited insight or low intelligence compared to humans, they are not blameworthy because that's the way Allah has created them. But if humans, despite being given a superior mind, act ignorant and unresponsive, that is a serious lapse on their part for which they are responsible and answerable to Allah.

It means that when humans become too ignorant and are subsequently denied Allah's guidance, it's a result of their own arrogance and rejection of Faith.  Such people outwardly make themselves appear no different from animals who are given weaker intelligence than humans.  And of course, these sinful disbelievers will surely be held accountable in the Hereafter.

The same phenomenon is also mentioned in Verses 2:65-66 and 7:163.

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