Scorning the Men of Faith Was the Pastime of
Meccan Polytheists

Thus from amongst the Meccan infidels those who were refractory and had a dominating penchant for scoffing and scorning and had made it routine to make fun of the Muslims (i.e. it was their regular pastime and an important means of amusement and recreation); such polytheists remained deprived of the bounty of Islam.

Habshi, the murderer of the Holy Prophet's peace and blessings be upon him revered uncle, Hazrat Hamza , received guidance; the woman Hinda, who had chewed upon Hazrat Hamza’s  liver, is awarded the wealth of Islam by Allah Most High. But those who jeered at Islam were not given guidance. On the contrary, on the fields of Badr and Uhad they were dispatched to Hell at the hands of the Muslims. A divine statement in the holy Quran is as such: -

"And when those who disbelieve behold thee, they but choose thee out for mockery, (saying): Is this who maketh mention of your gods? And they would deny all mention of the Beneficent. Man is made of haste. I shall show you My Aayat (torments, proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), but ask Me not to hasten (them). And they say, ‘When will this promise (be fulfilled), if ye are truthful?’ If only those who disbelieved but knew the time when they will not be able to drive off the fire from their faces and from their backs, and they will not be helped! Nay, but it will come upon them unawares so that it will stupefy them, and they will be unable to repel it, neither will they be reprieved. Messengers before thee, indeed, were mocked, but that whereat they mocked surrounded those who scoffed at them." (XXI: 34-41).

Allamah lbn Kathir says that it is a divine habit to give rope to tyrants (i.e., the mills of God grind slowly), but when He ropes them in He does not loosen His clutches. Hence it was said: 'I am going to show My portent as to what severe punishments are to be inflicted on the transgressors and how those who mock at My prophet are flayed alive. You will see this shortly. Don't make haste. At our place there is deferment but no unfairness, respite but no oversight'.

Since they considered the coming of the divine punishment and the Day of Doom to be impossible, boldly they used to say, 'Just tell us when these threats will be fulfilled'.

They are answered: 'If you were sensible people and if you but knew the dreadfulness of that day, you would not have made haste. On that day torture will be your covering and bedding from above and below. You will not have the power to repel it from your front and rear. There will be a dress of sulphur, set on fire, and you will be ablaze standing, and Hell will be surrounding you on all sides. There will be none to rise up to help you. Then Hell will suddenly pounce upon you and you will be left flabbergasted, nonplussed, fainting. You will be confounded and at a loss to have a stratagem so that you may repel it and save yourself from it, nor will an hour's time and respite be given.'

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