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(2:13) They are the fools but do not realize it

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(When it is said to them: “Believe as the others believe:” They say: “Shall we believe as the fools believe?” Nay, of a surety they are the fools, but they do not know.)

As we have already said, verse 13 defines what ‘Iman’ (faith) really is: “Believe as other men have believed”. In other
words, the criterion for judging one’s claim to ‘Iman’ is the ‘Iman’ of the
blessed Companions of the Holy Prophet (saw), and any claim to Iman
which does not conform to it is not acceptable to Allah and to the Holy
Prophet (saw). If a man has the presumption to interpret an Islamic
doctrine or verse of the Holy Qur’an in a way which departs from the
explicit and clear explanation provided by the Holy Qur’an itself or by
the Holy Prophet (saw), his individual opinion and belief, no matter how
much it titillates the palate of his contemporaries or feeds their fancy,
will have no value or validity in’ the eyes of the Shariyah. For example,
the Qadianis claim that like Muslims they too believe in the doctrine
of the Finality of the Prophethood of Muhammad (saw), but in this
respect they deviate from what the Holy Prophet (saw) has himself
stated, and what the Companions believed in, and distort the doctrine
so as to make room for the prophethood of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of
Qadian; so, according to the indication of the Holy Qur’an, they come under this indictment: “They are no believers.”


Shafi, Muhammad (2008). Maariful Quran. (Vol .1 pg. 127). maarif-volum1-english.pdf (

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