Fair Weather Friends (22:11 – 22:13)

Fair Weather Friends

[22:11] Among the people there is the one who worships GOD conditionally. If things go his way, he is content. But if some adversity befalls him, he makes an about-face. Thus, he loses both this life and the Hereafter. Such is the real loss.
[22:12] He idolizes beside GOD what possesses no power to harm him or benefit him; such is the real straying.
[22:13] He idolizes what is more apt to harm him than benefit him. What a miserable lord! What a miserable companion!
[22:14] GOD admits those who believe and lead a righteous life into gardens with flowing streams. Everything is in accordance with GOD’s will.

Fair Weather Friends

[29:10] Among the people there are those who say, “We believe in GOD,” but as soon as they suffer any hardship because of GOD, they equate the people’s persecution with GOD’s retribution. But if blessings from your Lord come your way, they say, “We were with you.” Is GOD not fully aware of the people’s innermost thoughts?

[30:36] When we bestow mercy upon the people, they rejoice therein. But when adversity befalls them, as a consequence of their own works, they become despondent. 

[89:15] When the human being is tested by his Lord, through blessings and joy, he says, “My Lord is generous towards me.” 

[43:36] Anyone who disregards the message of the Most Gracious, we appoint a devil to be his constant companion.*

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