By way of mockery and scoffing, the
disbelievers asked the Messenger of Allah r to bring them a book
other than this Qur’an, which condemned neither their gods nor their way of
life. Or to change it altogether by replacing the Ayah speaking of
punishment with an Ayah of reward, and the censure of their idols with
praise of them, and the things unlawful with making them lawful, and to omit
any mention of resurrection1.
when Our Clear Ayat are recited to them, those who hope not for their meeting
with Us, say, “Bring us a Qur’an other than this or change it.”)2
told his Messenger r
to answer them saying: (Say
(O Muhammad), “It is not for me to change it of my own accord. I only follow
that which is revealed to me. Indeed I fear, if I should disobey my Lord, the
torment of a Great Day (i.e. the Day of Resurrection).”)
The adverse attitudes of rejection, avoidance,
and denial built barriers within the disbelievers and placed heavy locks that
sealed their hearts against the Noble Qur’an, allowing in no air or light. They
obstructed their reflection on its Words that are able to remove the blindness,
break the locks, pour in the light, refine the feelings, awaken the hearts, and
purify the souls3. (Do they not then
reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon (their) hearts?)4
Al-Jami‘ Li-Ahkam Al-Qur’an, and Muhammad ‘Ali
As-Sabuni, Safwat At-Tafasir,
interpretation of Surat Yunus [10: 15].
Translated meanings of Yunus 10: 15.
3 Sayyid Qutb, In the Shade of the
Muhammad [47: 24].
Translated meanings of Muhammad 47: 24.