It is reported that Abu Bakr (r.a.) said:
“O people indeed you recite this following ayah:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ عَلَيْكُمْ أَنفُسَكُمْ لاَ يَضُرُّكُم مَّن ضَلَّ إِذَا اهْتَدَيْتُم(O you who have believed, upon you is [responsibility for] yourselves. The one who has gone astray cannot harm you if you are on the right guidance…5:105)
(then Abu Bakr (r.a.) said)… Indeed we have heard the Messenger of Allah (s.a.w) saying:
Certainly when people will see wrong deeds and do not (make any effort to) change it… then very soon Allah will make them blind due to His Punishment………………… (musnad Ahmad bin Hambal)
This is a most powerful Hadith especially in the perspective of our times when we see such a widespread disobedience of Allah and it doesn’t make us the least bit uncomfortable…
The clear and concise words of the Prophet (s.a.w) leave no doubt that it is high time we open our eyes to the fact that bringing a positive change in the society is not a “hobby” … rather it is the responsibility of each and every one of us who is a part of this Ummah…to act on the commands of Allah and spread this awareness as far as possible.
The ayah to which Abu Bakr (r.a) referred is just an example of how we interpret Quran according to our own desires. In its actual context the ayah means that if a person has made utmost efforts to change the people and still gets no result… then in the final day of Judgement he will not be held responsible for the misconduct of the people provided he had himself remained on the true guidance.
After getting this message it would be foolishness to think that we are just responsible for our own righteousness and so we act cool and carefree that if people are doing wrong things then it’s their own business…
This is a “blind” attitude which will actually make us blind if we don’t open our eyes and distinguish between right and wrong… may Allah save us from His anger and punishment… Ameen