CHARACTERISTICS OF THE IGNORANT COMMUNITY IN THE HOLY QUR'AN 10

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE IGNORANT COMMUNITY IN THE HOLY QUR'AN

 

Tenth Characteristic

The people of Jahillyyah are characterized by indisputable acting upon the inherited traditions and customs, rigor in adherence to them and steadfastness in keeping them even if they are proven false. Such acts are resulted from narrow-mindedness and emotionalism that decide the customs of fathers and forefathers as incontrovertibly sacred. As the Holy Qur'an has hinted at this point repeatedly, we can understand that it was one of the ordeals suffered by all the Prophets. Listen to the following holy verses:

"When they are told to follow the Revelation that Allah has sent down, they say, 'Nay, we shall follow the ways that we found our fathers following.' What! Even if it is Satan beckoning them to the penalty of the blazing Fire. 31/21"

"Truly, they found their fathers on the wrong path; so, they too were rushed down on their footsteps. 37/69-70"

"They said, 'Comest thou to us, that we may worship Allah alone and give up the cult of our fathers? Bring us what thou threatenest us with, if so be that thou tellest the truth!'

7/70"

"Nay! They say, 'We found our fathers following a certain religion and we do guide ourselves by their footsteps.' Just in the same way, whenever We sent a Warner before thee to any people, the wealthy ones among them said, 'We found our fathers following a certain religion and we will certainly follow in their footsteps.' He said, 'What! Even if I brought you better guidance than that which ye found your fathers following?' They said, Tor us, we deny that ye, prophets, are sent on a mission at all.' 43/22-24"

The aforementioned verses in general and the last two ones in particular show that the serious ordeal of adhering to the customs of the fathers and forefathers were suffered by everyone, whether Prophets or not, who wished to reform and to liberate his society from mischief.

Not different from the ancient Jahiliyyah, the modern one has adhered to baseless customs and etiquettes just because they are inherited from the previous generations. Our societies, in particular, have very long suffered the inconveniences of such hereditary traditions.