47:1

الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا وَصَدُّوا عَن سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ أَضَلَّ أَعْمَالَهُمْ

Those who disbelieve and avert [people] from the way of Allah – He will waste their deeds.

যারা কুফরী করে এবং আল্লাহর পথে বাধা সৃষ্টি করে, আল্লাহ তাদের সকল কর্ম ব্যর্থ করে দেন।

Critical Reasoning:

What type of sentence is this?

Warning / Threat / Consequence of an Action.

What’s the subject here?

Warning

What does a warning mean to you?

That I have to be alert, remain careful of something of which is warned about and stay out of it.

Warning to whom?

1. Kuffar
2. Whoever PREVENT from the Way of Allah

What is the Ways of Allah?

Anything and everything that Allah Subhanahu and Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam commanded us to do and prohibit us not to do.

Does the PREVENTER here indicate only/limited to the Kuffar?

It appears to be indicated only to those (who prevents) among the Kuffar. Therefore, generally, you can apply it only to the Kuffar.
But at the same time, it could apply to anybody who prevents people from Allah’s path. Because the main issue here is the preventing from Allah’s path.
Logically, it is only the Kuffar that expected to do such things while it is unexpected that a Muslim can prevent another Muslim from Allah’s path.

What’s the Warning?

Allah will make his DEED to be lost.

What’s in it for you?

Never be in a position to prevent others from worshiping Allah Subhanahu.
Never be in a position which prevents others from working in the path of Allah

SubhanAllah!
Do you see a huge implication of this Ayah if you just stress it a little?

How’s that?

Is discouraging someone also could be treated as preventing?

I think so! If a discouragement makes one leave the path of Allah.

Then, is making a bad comment or doing a bad criticizing of someone’s Ebadah or someone’s work for Allah’s sake could also be treated as discouragement?

I think so!

Then do you realize the impact of it?

Please explain.

Example 1:

Does it happen very often that you make a comment or criticize someone’s work only because he is not doing the ‘best deed’, only because he is leaving the ‘best’ deed?

In Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun.
Yes, that’s true! Sometimes it happens that I feel pity for a brother when I find he is busy doing something while leaving things of great value for the Ummah that he can do. But I do it only because I expect better for him and better for the Ummah.

There’s nothing wrong being expecting better deed from your brother.
But the lesson or warning from this Ayah is:

Do not let a word comes out from your mouth that might discourage him from doing what he is doing.

Astagfirullah. Yeah Allah, forgive me for my mistakes.
Aujubillah. Yeah Rabb, save me from doing this anymore.

Example 2:

Did you see people discouraging Muslims from reading the Quran with understanding?

La Hawla Wa La Quwata Illa Billah!
This has been what most of the Ulema of the Ummah doing.
But they have reasons. They do it to prevent people from misguidance.

But is it not discouraging people to ponder on the Quran by themselves?

They want people to learn the Quran under an Ulema

Can all Muslims do it?

I don’t think so.

When they can’t, aren’t these statements (the placing of this condition for learning the Quran under an Ulema which neither Allah Tabaraka Wa Ta’ala nor Rasulullah Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam has placed) discourage them to attempt understanding the Quran?

Definitely, that’s what happening with the Ummah. Only a small group learn the Quran by going to Madrasa and the rest do not make any attempt to learn the Quran.

And then doesn’t not understanding the Quran impact their lives and their path towards Jannah?

Unfortunately, Of course. The result is manifested in the condition of the Ummah.

And do not these statements then eventually prevents them to be on the path of Allah?

Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajiun.
May Allah guide these Ulema. May Allah guide the Muslims.
And Allah knows best. May Allah give us a proper understanding of our Deen. Ameen.

Where do you place this issue in your Map in the ‘Mapping My Journey to Jannah’?

It is an issue that could cause huge LOOPHOLES/drainage in the basket of Good Deeds. Therefore, I will place it under the title ‘LOOPHOLES’ in the Map.

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Another Ayah conforms the same consequences of preventing people from Allah’s path.

Al-Baqarah 2:217

يَسْـَٔلُونَكَ عَنِ ٱلشَّهْرِ ٱلْحَرَامِ قِتَالٍ فِيهِۖ قُلْ قِتَالٌ فِيهِ كَبِيرٌۖ وَصَدٌّ عَن سَبِيلِ ٱللَّهِ وَكُفْرٌۢ بِهِۦ وَٱلْمَسْجِدِ ٱلْحَرَامِ وَإِخْرَاجُ أَهْلِهِۦ مِنْهُ أَكْبَرُ عِندَ ٱللَّهِۚ وَٱلْفِتْنَةُ أَكْبَرُ مِنَ ٱلْقَتْلِۗ وَلَا يَزَالُونَ يُقَٰتِلُونَكُمْ حَتَّىٰ يَرُدُّوكُمْ عَن دِينِكُمْ إِنِ ٱسْتَطَٰعُوا۟ۚ وَمَن يَرْتَدِدْ مِنكُمْ عَن دِينِهِۦ فَيَمُتْ وَهُوَ كَافِرٌ فَأُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ حَبِطَتْ أَعْمَٰلُهُمْ فِى ٱلدُّنْيَا وَٱلْءَاخِرَةِۖ وَأُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ أَصْحَٰبُ ٱلنَّارِۖ هُمْ فِيهَا خَٰلِدُونَ

They ask you about the sacred month – about fighting therein. Say, “Fighting therein is great [sin], but averting [people] from the way of Allah and disbelief in Him and [preventing access to] al-Masjid al-Haram and the expulsion of its people therefrom are greater [evil] in the sight of Allah . And fitnah is greater than killing.” And they will continue to fight you until they turn you back from your religion if they are able. And whoever of you reverts from his religion [to disbelief] and dies while he is a disbeliever – for those, their deeds have become worthless in this world and the Hereafter, and those are the companions of the Fire, they will there eternally.

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