Difference Between The Believer And The One Who Turns Away From Eemaan

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah (may Allaah have mercy upon him) stated:

“Whoever believes in the messengers and obeys them, their enemies display enmity towards him and harm him. Therefore he (the believer) is tested by that which hurts him. If the person doesn’t believe in them and he doesn’t obeys them, he is punished in the life of this world and in the hereafter. Therefore that which hurts him comes about. And that which hurts him is the greatest of pain and more lasting than the pain that befalls the followers of the Messengers. Therefore its a must that that one goes through hardship/pain whether you believe or turn away from Eemaan.  However (the difference is that) the believer experiences pain in the life of this world to start, then he will have a good ending in the life of this world and in the hereafter. As for the one who turned away from Eemaan, he will experience delight to start with then he will proceed on to the everlasting punishment.”

Taking from “Ad-Daw al-Muneer alaa at-Tafseer” 4/490.

Translated by Abu Yusuf Khaleefah 7th of Jumaadaa ath-Thaaniyah 1433/ 28th of April 2012