The ultimate welfare will be achieved by the person who is on the straight path. One who receives guidance is truly successful. No matter how materially high a person may be, if he is deprived of the blessing of guidance, his end is very painful. A study of the words of God Almighty reveals to us many people who fell into the pit of humiliation and disgrace due to being deprived of the blessing of guidance. Pharaoh and Nimrod were rulers but they became a sign due to lack of guidance. Haman was a high official but his position and position was of no use to him. Became the destiny of Despite being a feudal lord, Shaddad failed and failed. Abu Lahab, the elder, chief of Makkah, and despite belonging to a large tribe, failed due to lack of guidance, and Allah Almighty blessed him with a whole surah in the Qur'an. Revealed in condemnation of On the other hand, those who follow the path of guidance in this world have not only succeeded in attaining the supremacy of the Hereafter, but also in this world, Allah Almighty has bestowed upon them a good name and their character and deeds for future generations. Made a pattern.
The blessing of guidance is certainly superior to all other blessings. In Surah Al-Fatihah, Allah Almighty mentions seeking this blessing. The importance of guidance has been highlighted in the Qur'an and Sunnah, but unfortunately a large number of human beings are unable to recognize its importance and for various reasons man strays from the path of guidance. In the light of the Qur'an and Sunnah, there are several reasons for error, some of which are as follows:
1. Blind imitation of ancestors: Every human being loves his ancestors and this love often takes him to the level that he prefers the words of his ancestors over the religion of Allah and His clear commands. Ready to give. Allaah has mentioned this cause of error in many places in the Qur'aan. Allaah says in verses 23-24 of Sura al-Zukhruf: “And thus We did not send before you any warner in any town but the prosperous people of that town said: Surely we have found our fathers, In a way, and surely we are following in their footsteps. He said: And what! Shall I bring you a better guidance than that which you have found? To their forefathers. They said: Surely we are disbelievers with whom you are sent. In the same way, in Surah Al-Baqarah, Allah (swt) has clearly stated this cause of error. Allaah says in verse 170 of Sura al-Baqarah: “And when it is said to them: Follow what Allah has revealed, they say: Nay, but we follow (the path) on which we follow. Has found their forefathers, even though their forefathers did not understand anything (nor) and they are not on the right path.
2. Accepting everything the scholars and religious leaders say: Just as a person loves his parents dearly, so does a person have a lot of devotion to his religious leaders. This devotion often leads a person to the point where he is unwilling to ignore anything they say. Man should respect the literature of his religious leaders, but when it comes to Allah and His Messenger, he should prefer the words of Allah and His Messenger. Allah Almighty mentioned in the Qur'an the behavior of the Jews and Christians that they exalted their religious leaders and elevated them to the position of Lordship. Allaah says in verse 31 of Surah At-Tawbah: “They have made their scholars and dervishes besides (their) Lord Allaah and the Messiah, son of Maryam (too), although they were not commanded except that they should worship There is no god but He, the Exalted in Might, the Wise. The Muslim Ummah should learn a lesson from the practices of the Jews and Christians and in spite of the respect of the scholars, the word of Allah and His Messenger should be given priority over all other matters.
3. Unconditional follow-up of chiefs: Many people attach great importance to the words of their chiefs and political leaders and go so far as to ignore the teachings of the Qur'an and Sunnah in comparison to them. ۔ Allaah, may He be glorified and exalted, clarifies this fact in verses 66-67 of Surah Al-Ahzab: And they will say: Our Lord! Lo! We have obeyed our chiefs and the great ones, and they have led us astray from the Path.
4. Bad company: Bad company is one of the major causes of misguidance. Many people stray from the right path just because of bad company. Bad company causes negative changes in a person's thoughts, ideas and actions. Allah, the Exalted, mentions the failure of such people on the Day of Resurrection in verses 27 to 29 of Surah Furqan as follows: Woe to me! I wish I had not made such and such a friend. Surely he has led astray from the remembrance (of the Qur'an) after he came to me. In order to protect their children from going astray, parents have a great responsibility to keep an eye on their children's companionship so that the child does not go astray due to wrong companionship.
5. Following the majority: There is nothing wrong with adopting the majority opinion of the people and intellectuals in national affairs, but when the opinion of the majority contradicts divine revelation, following the opinion of the majority on such an occasion is certainly a major cause of man's error. Verse 116 of Surah An'am states: "And if you obey most of those on earth, they will lead you astray from the way of Allah. Nay, they follow nothing but conjecture, and they are nothing but conjecture Running.
6. Pursuit of desires: Man's desires often lead him astray from the path of guidance and man is willing to use all means to fulfill his desires without distinguishing between the permissible and the illegitimate path. Goes In Surah Al-Naza'at of the Holy Qur'an, Allah Almighty mentions the people who failed on the path of flood and also mentioned those who will be successful on the Day of Resurrection. Unsuccessful people are those who took the path of flood and successful people will be those who suppress their desires. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): He who fears to stand before his Lord and forbids (his) self from (evil) desire, and verily Paradise is his abode.
7. Ignorance: Many people are unaware of the importance of the straight path due to ignorance. They become so absorbed in worldly affairs that they completely ignore religious realities. Islam commands us to balance and at the same time guides us towards progress in religion and the world. Those who give priority to worldly affairs and ignore religious matters will be doomed to failure in the Hereafter. Allah Almighty mentions this fact in verse 7 of Surah Rome as follows: "They know the appearance of this worldly life and they are (absolutely) oblivious to the Hereafter." In verses 103 to 106 of Surah Al-Kahf, Allah (swt) clearly states: “Say: Shall we inform you of those who are most losers, those who are lost in deeds They strive hard in the life of this world while they think that they are doing good deeds. These are they who disbelieve in the communications of their Lord and the meeting with Him, so their deeds become null and void. We will establish for them a weight on the Day of Resurrection. "
If these causes of error are well understood, then surely man can be saved from the path of error and walk on the straight path. May Allah Almighty help us all to walk on the straight path avoiding error. Amen!