In the verses XXI: 34-41 (quoted in the previous page – ‘Scorning the Men of Faith Was the Pastime of Meccan Polytheists’) the Holy Prophet has been consoled that he should not be distracted by the infidels' scoffing, for they were preparing for their own destruction, kindling fire for singeing and burning themselves, inflaming it further by making fun of him. A time would come when that blazing fire would seize them and then they would know what they had done. The divine statement at another place is: -
"Alas, the anguish for mankind! Never came there unto them a messenger but they did mock him." (XXXVI: 30)
Thus, it is a pity for the bondmen, tomorrow they will be repentant upon themselves, and expressing regret for what evil they did to themselves. Seeing the torture of the Day of Judgement they will rue their hands as to why they falsified the prophets and why they insulted and showed audacity to them to their hearts' content.
Had they pondered, they would have realised that the people before them who did not believe in the prophets were destroyed so thoroughly that not one of them remained alive. Those who sneer and jeer at Muslims will know their end on reaching Hell. As such, having reached Hell they will say: -
“And they say: What aileth us that we behold not men whom we were wont to count among the wicked? Did we take them (wrongly) for a laughing stock, or have our eyes missed them?” (XXXVIII: 63-64)
Hazrat Mujahid says that Abu Jahl will say, 'Where are Bilal, Ammar, Suhayb, etc.? They are not to be seen here'. In short, every infidel will say the same that, "the people whom we classed among the wicked are not to be seen here today. Was it our mistake that we thought nothing of them in the world and made fun of them? But perhaps our dealing like this with them was correct. They too must be in the Hell but they are perhaps on some such side that they are not visible to us!' Meanwhile will come a voice from the occupants of Paradise to the effect, "O denizens of Hell! Look here! We have found our Lord's promise. Now say about yourselves. Did Allah's promises prove right"? They will reply,‘Yes, absolutely right.’ Just then an announcer will say loudly: "Allah's curses be upon the oppressors"!
At another place Allah Most High says: -
"And as for those who disbelieved (it will be said unto them): Were not Our revelations recited unto you? But ye were scornful and became a guilty folk. And when it was said: Lo! Allah's promise is the truth, and there is no doubt of the Hour's coming, ye said, We know not what the Hour is. We deem it naught but a conjecture, and we are by no means convinced. And the evils of what they did will appear unto them, and that which they used to deride will befall them. And it will be said: This day we forget you, even as ye forgot the meeting of this your day; and your habitation is the Fire, and there is none to help you. This, for as much as ye made the revelations of Allah a jest, and the life of the world beguiled you. Therefore this day they come not forth from thence, nor can they make amends. Then praise be to Allah, Lord of the heavens and Lord of the earth, the Lord of the Worlds. And unto Him (alone) belongeth majesty in the heavens and the earth, and He is the Mighty, the Wise". (XLV: 31-37)
The divine statement in the holy Quran concerning the prevention of jesting and jeering of the people is: -
"0 ye who believe! Let not a folk deride a folk who may be better than they (are), nor let women (deride) women who may be better than they are; neither defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. Bad is the name of lewdness after faith. And whoso turneth not in repentance, such are evil-doers" (XLIX: 11)
In fact man jests and jeers at another man due to pride and thinking himself better and superior. Hence Allah Most High hath clearly stated: ‘How do you know who is better in Allah's sight? It is just possible that the person whom you are deriding and jeering may be better than you in Allah's sight".
When in this noble verse the holy Quran has given the positive ruling that those who commit absolute derision and jeering are oppressors, if the learned ulema then issue an anathematising fatwa for those who sneer at and ridicule religion, religiosity and the sunnah, it is absolutely correct. In fact in the Quran itself they have been called infidels. As such, the divine statement regarding the scoffers is: -
"And forsake those who take their religion for a pastime and a jest, and whom the life of the world beguileth. Remind (mankind) hereby lest a soul be destroyed by what it earneth. It hath beside Allah no friend nor intercessor, and though it offer every compensation it will not be accepted from it. Those are they who perish by their own deserts. For them is drink of boiling water and a painful doom, because they disbelieved." (VI: 70)
In this noble verse the infidels' action, that is, their treatment of religion as a thing of sport and a jest has been declared to be infidelity (kufr).