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How evil an example

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Submitted by Solo (Saudi Arabia), May 13, 2022 at 19:30

﴿وَاتلُ عَلَيهِم نَبَأَ الَّذي آتَيناهُ آياتِنا فَانسَلَخَ مِنها فَأَتبَعَهُ الشَّيطانُ فَكانَ مِنَ الغاوينَ﴾ [الأعراف: ١٧٥]
God said:
175. Recite to the Israelites the news of the man from among them who Allah gave His signs to, so that he knew and understood the truth which they directed him to. But he did not act according to them, leaving them and removing himself away from them, so that Satan became his close companion, and he became one of those who go astray and are ruined, after he had been one of those who were rightly-guided and on the path to being saved.

﴿وَلَو شِئنا لَرَفَعناهُ بِها وَلكِنَّهُ أَخلَدَ إِلَى الأَرضِ وَاتَّبَعَ هَواهُ فَمَثَلُهُ كَمَثَلِ الكَلبِ إِن تَحمِل عَلَيهِ يَلهَث أَو تَترُكهُ يَلهَث ذلِكَ مَثَلُ القَومِ الَّذينَ كَذَّبوا بِآياتِنا فَاقصُصِ القَصَصَ لَعَلَّهُم يَتَفَكَّرونَ﴾ [الأعراف: ١٧٦]
176. If Allah had desired, He would have made this person benefit through these signs, enabling him to act according to them, so that he would be raised up in this world and in the next. But he chose what led to his failure, being attracted to the desires of the worldly life, and preferring them to the Afterlife. His example in his extreme greed for this world is like the example of a dog, which pants with its tongue constantly, whether it is resting or whether it is chased away. This example is the example of the people who are astray because of rejecting Allah's signs. So relate the stories to them O Messenger so that they may think and reject their denial of the truth and their misguidance.

﴿ساءَ مَثَلًا القَومُ الَّذينَ كَذَّبوا بِآياتِنا وَأَنفُسَهُم كانوا يَظلِمونَ﴾ [الأعراف: ١٧٧]
(177) How evil an example [is that of] the people who denied Our signs and used to wrong themselves.

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