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The "despised" and the "scornful"- V.14:21


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« on: October 03, 2017, 12:39:47 am »


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As-salam Alaykum everyone.

In the following Verse 14:21, I was wondering who exactly are the "despised" and the "scornful" .... Is the reference to the henchmen and their potentates?

"They all come forth unto their Rab.   Then those who were despised say unto those who were scornful:  We were unto you a following, can you then avert from us aught of Allah's doom ?  They say:  Had Allah guided us, we should have guided you.  Whether we rage or patiently endure is (now) all one for us; we have no place of refuge."  (14:21) Translation Pickthall.
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« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2017, 12:48:13 am »


Wa'salaam Sister.  Yes, basically that's the allusion but in a much wider, all-inclusive context.  It refers to the weak ones ("despised") who were subservient to their powerful ones ("scornful"), and the powerful masters often treat their weak servants with scorn and disdain and yet those weak ones serve them loyally. 

The Verse is a warning to all those who blindly serve their unethical and tyrannical masters.  They secretly recognize their own weakness and prefer to be subservient as an easy way out in life, instead of breaking free of the fetters and leading an independent and ethical life.  Some such tyrannical masters may offer lucrative perks to their loyal servants and provide for them generously. But their ties with each other is only in this world.  After the Divine Judgment has been pronounced in the Hereafter, they will both receive their share of punishment in Hellfire.   They will wangle and blame each other for their plight.

Mr. Abu Ala Maududi explains it as "This is to serve as a warning to all those people who follow others blindly or obey and submit to tyrants because they say, "We are weak." They are warned, as if to say "You should note it well that those leaders, saints, officers and rulers whom you are following blindly today, will not be able to protect you at all from the chastisement of Allah. Therefore, you should consider it well today where such people, whom you are following or obeying, are themselves going and where they are leading you."
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2017, 04:00:15 am »


Many thanks my dear Sis.  I got it perfectly.  Alhumdulilah. 

Allah bless.
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2017, 07:04:17 pm »

Mash'Allah.  JazekAllah khair.  Thanks Sister.  A very old problem of the human mind.  Just imagine the teeming crowds of sycophants and their bitchy dictators across this planet, all in such a rush to jump on to the Hellbound train. 
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