Will you give information about the following verses: "It may be thou frettest thy soul with grief, that they do not become Believers", "And most of them believe not in Allah without associating (other as partners) with Him"?

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“It may be thou frettest thy soul with grief, that they do not become Believers. If (such) were Our Will, We could send down to them from the sky a Sign, to which they would bend their necks in humility.” (ash-Shuara, 26/3-4).

Hz. Muhammad (pbuh), who suffers due to his excessive love and compassion toward people, is consoled in the verses above. It is emphasized that he cannot make anyone believe without the permission of Allah and that he does not have such a duty; it is also pointed out that the test is secret.   

The test will be secret; there will be a door opened for the mind but the freedom of the mind will not be removed. Thus, people will determine their ways with their free will and will naturally bear the consequences.

It may be thought that the statement “and most of them believe not in Allah without associating (other as partners) with Him” is also in the same chapter (ash-Shuara). However, this verse is not there. It is in another chapter:

“And most of them believe not in Allah without associating (other as partners) with Him.” (Yusuf, 12/106)

We can explain it as follows:

a. The following is stated in verse 103 of the same chapter, three verses before the verse above: “Yet no faith will the greater part of mankind have, however ardently thou dost desire it.” It means believers will always be fewer in number. This news about the future has turned out to be true. 

b. Not only Muslims but also Jews, Christians and members of other religions believe in Allah in a way. It is indicated in the verse that they have some wrong creeds that remind of polytheism instead of the real belief of oneness of Islam.

c. In general, the majority of people does not follow the pure belief of oneness; they include some smears from polytheism. They sometimes regard beings other than Allah as deities; they sometimes make up some sacred things or love the world as if they worship it.

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