Deteriorating Number Of Sabiqoon (Quran 56:7-14)
1. In Surah Waqiah verse 7-14 Allah mentions about three groups of people. People of right, people of left and foremost people. Also states that the number of foremost people has/will decline as time moves forward. How do we explain that (given the Islam is the fastest growing religion)? Wouldn’t this imply that quality of good teachers and scholars has continued to decline since the time of Prophet Muhammad PBUH and that most of today’s scholars generally don’t have the concrete understanding of religion and it will only get worse in the future?
2. Couldn’t sufis use this same concept to argue that this implies the diminishing of knowledge of inner self and inner connection with Allah and the preoccupation of today’s scholars with things that are not going to be helpful to an average Muslim in the next life?
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