Given there are so many non-Muslims, sometimes I ask myself, will Allah swt really punish them all later on? How about the reason why they do not embrace Islam is because they don’t know about Islam.

Then I came across an ayah (verse) from Qur’an depicting the scene when the disbelievers were tortured in the hell fire. They were asked by the angel who guards the hell why they were disbelieve in Allah swt. Take a note to what the disbeliever had to say.

“And for those who disbelieve in their Lord (Allah) is the torment of Hell, and worst indeed is that destination. When they are cast therein, they will hear the (terrible) drawing in of its breath as it blazes forth. It almost bursts up with fury. Every time a group is cast therein, its keeper will ask: “Did no warner come to you?” They will say: “Yes indeed; a warner did come to us, but we belied him and said: ‘Allah never sent down anything (of revelation), you are only in great error.’ “And they will say: “Had we but listened or used our intelligence, we would not have been among the dwellers of the blazing Fire!” Then they will confess their sin. So, away with the dwellers of the blazing Fire.” (QS Al-Mulk 6-11).

In the verses above, the disbeliever will regret that had they listened to the message or used their intelligence. I think this verse answers my doubt, that there are many people disbelieve in Allah just because of ignorance; they just don’t even want to think or consider the religion. In Qur’an there are many verses which point out to nature, which is an ayat (sign) from Allah. Honestly, any reasonable human being, whenever they see the trees, the mountain, the sky, and all creations, they should’ve pondered upon it, and say, all of these things are impossible to exist without a creator. Yet, many of the disbelievers just ignore it; as some of they say, I don’t want think about it at the moment. They keep doing that, until it’s too late that they realize it only when their soul begins to leave their body.

Whenever we look at the creations, we should’ve thought that all of these are impossible to exist without a supreme power who created them. When we’re willing to admit this, obviously we will try to look up for religion as it is where Allah gives guidance to human being. Once we start searching, if we sincere enough, we will easily notice how is Islam is the guidance from our Lord.

There are some verses from Qur’an which stimulate human beings to reflect on the creations.

“Do they not look at the camels, how they are created? And at the heaven, how it is raised? And at the mountains, how they are rooted and fixed firm? And at the earth, how it is spread out? So remind them (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)), you are only a one who reminds. You are not a dictator over them. Save the one who turns away and disbelieves. Then Allah will punish him with the greatest punishment. Verily, to Us will be their return; Then verily, for Us will be their reckoning.” (QS Al-Ghosiyah: 17-26)

Tell Me! The seed that you sow in the ground. Were it Our Will, We could crumble it to dry pieces, and you would be regretful (or left in wonderment). (Saying): “We are indeed Mughramun (i.e. ruined or lost the money without any profit, or punished by the loss of all that we spend for cultivation, etc.)! [See Tafsir Al-Qurtubi, Vol. 17, Page 219]. “Nay, but we are deprived!” Tell Me! The water that you drink. Is it you who cause it from the rainclouds to come down, or are We the Causer of it to come down? If We willed, We verily could make it salt (and undrinkable), why then do you not give thanks (to Allah)? Tell Me! The fire which you kindle, Is it you who made the tree thereof to grow, or are We the Grower? We have made it a Reminder (for the Hell-fire, in the Hereafter); and an article of use for the travellers (and all the others, in this world). So exalt the name of your Lord, the Most Great.” (QS Al-Waqi’ah 63-74).

May we’re not among the ignorants; and may our belief in Allah increases whenever we see Allah’s creation.


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3 thoughts on “Ignorance

  1. Assalamualaikum, Kak

    Sometime I question myself about this thing too, Kak. Disbeliver di sini itu apakah orang2 yang tidak beragama atau non-muslim yang beragama lain? Something that bother me is that those christian, jew, buddhist, etc they belive in God who create this universe and all creatures in this world. But we just believe in different world. Because maybe, they never embrace Islam since they were born, just like me who never embrace other religion except Islam since I was born. They just like me who believe in religion their family taught to them. And I also think, when they know there is religion, Islam, they just think that it’s not my religion, I don’t care and dont want to believe what Muslim believe. And again, It is just like me, A muslim who feel the same way when I know there are many religions in this world beside Islam, but i dont want to believe it. What about them then?

    Do you have any reference from Al Quran that best describe why they diserve to be punished as well? And why do they have to be in that way?


    Mega Puspita Pertiwi
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    • Waalaikumsaam wr wb,

      Mega, thanks for the question. Prophet Muhammad saw said every child was born in the state of fitrah or pure, then it’s the parents who make them Christian, Jews, or Zoroastrian. So it is indeed, the religion of parents plays an important role. Nonetheless, as we’re aware, each of us, when we grow up we will be able to exercise our intellect. If we are sincere in asking ourselves and try to find the true religion, undoubtedly we’ll find Islam is the truth. There are many verses in the Qur’an which says that actually the Jews and Christian knows that Islam is the truth, for example in QS 13:43: “And those who disbelieve, say: “You (O Muhammad SAW) are not a Messenger.” Say: “Sufficient for a witness between me and you is Allah and those too who have knowledge of the Scripture (such as ‘Abdullah bin Salam and other Jews and Christians who embraced Islam).”

      As for us who were born in Muslim family, we should keep on studying our religion until we are firmly believe that Islam is indeed the right religion. To do this, many times the religious subjects that we study in school won’t help, either because the teacher itself ‘isn’t practicing’ Islam or because the way the course was designed is focusing too much on the fiqh or law component of Islam before ensuring the students have a good foundation of aqidah (belief). In my case, I continuously learn Islam by reading various tafsir, listening to Islamic lectures, get involve in Islamic student society, etc. All of these, alhamdulillah make me consciously believe that Islam is the truth and stay on that path. Hope you’ll also find it that way; and may Allah strengthen our Iman. Salam,

      • Amin….
        Thanks, Kak Rully for the answer. I am trying to
        improve my knowledge about Islam. It’s a mercy to be with FSI FEUI. Being there encourages me to learn about my own religion more n more.

        I saw your video for STP several months ago then i looked for your blog. I got many inspiring stuffs here. For the informations you share, thank you so much.

        May Allah always bless you. Wassalamualaikum wr.wb.

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