The Weak Believers (8:5 – 8:8)

The Weak Believers

[8:5] When your Lord willed that you leave your home, to fulfill a specific plan, some believers became exposed as reluctant believers.
[8:6] They argued with you against the truth, even after everything was explained to them. They acted as if they were being driven to certain death.
[8:7] Recall that GOD promised you victory over a certain group, but you still wanted to face the weaker group. It was GOD’s plan to establish the truth with His words, and to defeat the disbelievers.
[8:8] For He has decreed that the truth shall prevail, and the falsehood shall vanish, in spite of the evildoers.

What does verse 8:7 mean when it says that some wanted to face the weaker group?

The believers were underestimating their abilities and ultimately God’s words. These people did not trust God. That if God tells the believers to do something He also supports them. Because they lacked faith they wanted to face the weaker group. The only way we improve is through pushing our abilities (deliberate practice)

Based on 8:8 we should see truth everywhere, but when we look around we see plenty of falsehood. So why is that if the truth prevails?

[10:108] Proclaim: “O people, the truth has come to you herein from your Lord. Whoever is guided is guided for his own good. And whoever goes astray, goes astray to his own detriment. I am not a guardian over you.”

[110:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful Footnote [110:1] When triumph comes from GOD, and victory. [110:2] You will see the people embracing GOD’s religion in throngs. [110:3] You shall glorify and praise your Lord, and implore Him for forgiveness. He is the Redeemer. 

[2:214] Do you expect to enter Paradise without being tested like those before you? They were tested with hardship and adversity, and were shaken up, until the messenger and those who believed with him said, “Where is GOD’s victory?” GOD’s victory is near.

The truth will prevail, but it happens when God wills it. Ultimately, God will make the truth prevail either in this world or in the Hereafter.

Part of God’s system is for falsehood to exist for the true believers to recognize the truth.

[21:16] We did not create the heavens and the earth, and everything between them just for amusement. [21:17] If we needed amusement, we could have initiated it without any of this, if that is what we wanted to do. [21:18] Instead, it is our plan to support the truth against falsehood, in order to defeat it. Woe to you for the utterances you utter.

How do we see the weak believers relating to us when we are not at war?

[4:66] Had we decreed for them: “You must offer your lives,” or “Give up your homes,” they would not have done it, except for a few of them. (Even if such a command was issued,) had they done what they were commanded to do, it would have been better for them, and would prove the strength of their faith.

God knows what we are capable of and would never put something in our path that we cannot solve. If you can’t solve a problem in front of you then you are probably trying to solve the wrong problem.

[33:13] A group of them said, “O people of Yathrib, you cannot attain victory; go back.” Others made up excuses to the prophet: “Our homes are vulnerable,” when they were not vulnerable. They just wanted to flee.

Exposing the Hypocrites

[47:20] Those who believed said: “When will a new sura be revealed?” But when a straightforward sura was revealed, wherein fighting was mentioned, you would see those who harbored doubts in their hearts looking at you, as if death had already come to them. They were thus exposed.

[9:13] Would you not fight people who violated their treaties, tried to banish the messenger, and they are the ones who started the war in the first place? Are you afraid of them? GOD is the One you are supposed to fear, if you are believers. 

[90:10] Did we not show him the two paths? [90:11] He should choose the difficult path. 

God Controls Everything and Plans for the Believers

[8:42] Recall that you were on this side of the valley, while they were on the other side. Then their caravan had to move to lower ground. Had you planned it this way, you could not have done it. But GOD was to carry out a predetermined matter, whereby those destined to be annihilated were annihilated for an obvious reason, and those destined to be saved were saved for an obvious reason. GOD is Hearer, Omniscient. 

Why Were We Created

[11:118] Had your Lord willed, all the people would have been one congregation (of believers). But they will always dispute (the truth). [11:119] Only those blessed with mercy from your Lord (will not dispute the truth). This is why He created them.* The judgment of your Lord has already been issued: “I will fill Hell with jinns and humans, all together.”**

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