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[54:4-5] Sufficient warnings have been delivered to alert them. Great wisdom; but all the warnings have been in vain.
[18:101] They are the ones whose eyes were too veiled to see My message. Nor could they hear.
[26:6] Since they disbelieved, they have incurred the consequences of their heedlessness.
They choose to fool themselves and cheat their souls. Satan, then, steps in to convince them of false doctrines and justifications to satisfy their wishes and meet their own standards. Consequently, God augments their loss (35:39, 2:10). Humans use some defense mechanisms for survival. Disbelievers are oblivious to the fact that when these defense mechanisms conflict with their faith in God, they are not preserving but rather damaging their own souls. They pay attention to coping with this life while ignoring the eternal one and their real selves.
[64:3] He created the heavens and the earth for a specific purpose, designed you and perfected your design, then to Him is the final destiny.
[51:55-57] And remind, for the reminder benefits the believers. I did not create the jinns and the humans except to worship Me alone. I need no provisions from them, nor do I need them to feed Me.
[90:4-5] We created the human being to work hard (to redeem himself). Does he think that no one will ever call him to account?
They only like to hear what goes with their own ideologies and wishes and dismiss what threatens their goals or challenges their lusts and desires. Their own definition of the divine mercy and compassion is flawed and abusive as it justifies a complete negligence of God’s warnings and an irresponsible behavior under the banner of freedom. They fail to understand that God’s mercy is a manifestation of His justice in judging the wicked and enforcing His laws.
[16:90] God advocates justice, charity, and regarding the relatives. And He forbids evil, vice, and transgression. He enlightens you, that you may take heed.
[68:35-36] Shall we treat the Submitters like the criminals? What is wrong with your logic?
[5:98] Know that God is strict in enforcing retribution, and that God is Forgiving, Most Merciful.
They will confess their poor judgment when it is too late for a second chance:
[67:8-10] ... Whenever a group is thrown therein, its guards would ask them, “Did you not receive a warner?” They would answer, “Yes indeed; a warner did come to us, but we disbelieved and said, ‘God did not reveal anything. You are totally astray.’ “ They also say, “If we heard or understood, we would not be among the dwellers of Hell!”
[7:53] Are they waiting until all (prophecies) are fulfilled? The day such fulfillment comes to pass, those who disregarded it in the past will say, “The messengers of our Lord have brought the truth. Are there any intercessors to intercede on our behalf? Would you send us back, so that we change our behavior, and do better works than what we did?” They have lost their souls, and their own innovations have caused their doom.
As for the believers, they accept both warnings and good news from God as powerful and meaningful reminders. They work righteousness and take heed in joy and reverence. Their reverence for God makes them heed the warnings and consider them a blessing that renders their vision sharper and their hearts more receptive to God’s laws. They become more aware and more appreciative of guidance. Warnings keep them more vigilant not to hurt or regress their souls.
[87:9-11] Therefore, you shall remind; perhaps the reminder will benefit. The reverent will take heed. The wicked will avoid it.
[35:18] ... The only people to heed your warnings are those who reverence their Lord, even when alone in their privacy, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat). Whoever purifies his soul, does so for his own good. To God is the final destiny.
Let us all be appreciative of and heed the warnings from God.