Where are you going?

And the Qur’an is not the word of a devil, expelled [from the heavens].
So where are you going?
It is not except a reminder to the worlds
For whoever wills among you to take a right course.

[Qur’an 81:25-28]

Allah says,

this Qur’an is not the statement of an outcast Shaytan.

This means that he is not able to produce it, nor is it befitting of him to do so.That is, you are wrong in thinking that some Satan comes and whispers these words into the ear of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It does not suit Satan that he should divert man from polytheism, idol worship, atheism and sin and turn him to God-worship and Tawhid, and make man realize that he should live a life of responsibility and accountability to God instead of living an irresponsible, care-free life, should forbid man to adopt practices of ignorance, injustice, immorality and wickedness and lead him to a clean life of justice, piety and high morals. Similarly Allah also said in Surat Ash-Shu`arā’ , verse 210-212:

And it is not the Shayatin who have brought it down.
Neither would it suit them nor they can.
Verily, they have been removed far from hearing it.

Then Allah says, in the next verse,

“So where are you going”

which means, where has your reason gone, that you are rejecting this Qur’an, while it is manifest, clear, and evident that it is the truth from Allah. Also it is repeated by Abu Bakr As-Siddiq(R.A.) when he said to the delegation of Bani Hanifah when they came to him as Muslims and he commanded them to recite something from the Qur’an. So they recited something to him from the so called Qur’an of Musaylimah the Liar, that was total gibberish and terribly poor in style. Thus, Abu Bakr said, “Woe unto you! Where have your senses gone By Allah, this speech did not come from a God.” Qatadah said, “So where are you going” means, where are you going from the Book of Allah and His obedience. So where are you going from Allah’s chastisement, commands and prohibitions, O disbelievers?O disbelievers then Why do you lie? Why do you deviate from the Qur’an and refuse to believe in it?So what path are you going to follow in repudiating the Qur’ān and turning away from it?

Then Allah says,

“It is not except a reminder to the worlds”

which means, this Qur’an is a reminder for all of mankind. They are reminded by it and receive admonition from it.

Then Allah says,

“For whoever wills among you to take a right course.”

Which means, whoever seeks guidance, then he must adhere to this Qur’an,for verily it is his salvation and guidance.There is no guidance in other than it. In other words, although this is an Admonition for all mankind, only such a person can benefit by it, who is himself desirous of adopting piety and righteousness. Man’s being a seeker after truth and a lover of right is the foremost condition of his gaining any benefit from it.

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