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Lesson 8 – "O you who believe! Whoever from among you turns back from his religion (Islam)"
In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful  

Dear noble brothers, we are discussing a new lesson of this series about the Ayaat that start with, "O you who believe…", and today's Ayah is:

(O you who believe! Whoever from among you turns back from his religion (Islam), Allah will bring a people whom He will love and they will love Him; humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers, fighting in the Way of Allah, and never afraid of the blame of the blamers. That is the Grace of Allah which He bestows on whom He wills. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures needs, All-Knower.)

[Al-Ma'idah, 54]

Dear brothers, man is made of a brain for reasoning, a heart for loving and a body for moving. Today's Ayah addresses the heart and the affection of man. Allah the Almighty has decreed, due to His Wisdom, that the connection between Him and believers is based on love:

(Whom He will love and they will love Him;)

[ [Al-Ma'idah, 54] ]

Accordingly, Allah the Almighty never accepts that man turns to Him by force. Allah the Almighty says:

Allah, Exalted and Sublime be He, has decreed that you turn to Him by your free will, by love, initiatively, and by choice though you have the other choice. Allah the Almighty wants man to pray to Him though he has the choice not to, and He wants man to follow His Path though he owns the choice not to. 

(There is no compulsion in religion)

[Al-Baqarah, 256]

Owning the free will yet choosing to obey Allah, to love Him and to turn to Him, means that you truly love Him. Indeed this religion is half knowledge and half love.


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