The mutual rivalry for piling up (the good things of this world) diverts you (from the more serious things),
Until ye visit the graves.
But nay, ye soon shall know (the reality).
Again, ye soon shall know!
Nay, were ye to know with certainty of mind, (ye would beware!)
Ye shall certainly see Hell-Fire!
Again, ye shall see it with certainty of sight!
Then, shall ye be questioned that Day about the joy (ye indulged in!)
This is such a brilliant – arresting – gripping verse (above)! The interjections and exclamations are deliberate! Like if you saw someone sleep-walking towards the fire, you would try to grab them in a jolt. Because you care. Wake up!
But some might insist on their right to keep walking their walk the wrong way (down the Godless, or God-confused; worldly; selfish; mean-spirited; cold road). They might be obstinate. What am I to do? The analogy ends there – because in reality, I would force you to wake up to stop you from walking headlong into a fire. But, in terms of the way we live our lives, I can only warn you. You’re not a kid. You have your own will and your own sense. I cannot force you, as my religion sanctions me from using force in terms of conversions of belief: “There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion.” (Qur’an 2:256). So I have a personal message for you. And I was told to tell you:
Please. Please! For the love of God (quite literally!) – Please read the Qur’an with an enquiring (not a prejudiced) mind. Thank you.