Another characteristic of jaahiliyyah is, for means of evidence, they relied on the claim that they were a people that had been given strength in understanding and works, as well as in dominion, wealth and status.
So Allaah refutes that by saying:
"And indeed We had firmly established them (disbelievers of old) with that wherewith We have not established you (0 Quraish)!"(Q45:26).
In other words, the unbeliever should not be deceived by their wealth, strength and status as evidence for being right or on the right path. Those unbelievers before them were wealthier, stronger and highly placed; yet those could not save them from the punishment of Allaah when they refused the truth brought by Allaah's messengers and prophets. If they persist in their disbelief too they will meet the same fate as those before them.
"Do they not travel in the land, and see what was the end of those before them? They were superior to them in strength, and they tilled the earth and populated it in greater numbers than these (pagans) have done, and there came to them their Messengers with clear proofs. Surely, Allaah wronged them not, but they used to wrong themselves. Then evil was the end of those who did evil, because they belied the Ayaat (proofs, verses, signs, etc.) of Allah and made mock of them."(Q30:9-10)
Also, Allah says:
"Have they not travelled in the land, and seen what was the end of those before them, and they were superior to them in power? Allah is not such that anything in the heavens or in the earth escapes Him. Verily, He is All-Knowing, All-Omnipotent."(Q35:44)
Being wealthy or physically powerful is not a sign of being right. Many people in the past were wealthier and more powerful but when they rejected the signs' of Allah and the truth brought by the messengers of Allaah they were destroyed. The case of Qaruun is a good example.
"Verily, Qaruun(Korah) was of Musa's (Moses)people, but he behaved arrogantly towards them. And we gave him of the treasures, that of which the keys would have been a burden to a body of strong men.
When his people said to him: "Do not be glad (with ungratefulness to Allaah's Favours). Verily! Allaah likes not those who are glad (withungratefulness to Allaah'sFavours). But seek, with that(wealth) which Allaah hasbestowed on you, the home of theHereafter, and forget not yourportion of legal enjoyment in thisworld, and do good as Allaah hasbeen good to you, and seek not mischief in the land...
He said: "This has been given to me only because of knowledge I possess." Did he not know that Allaah had destroyed before him generations, men who were stronger than him in might and greater in the amount (of riches) they had collected ...So he went forth before his people in his pomp. Those who were desirous of the life of the world, said: "Ah, would that we had the like of what Qaruun (Korah) has-been given? Verily! He is the owner of a great fortune.'
But those who had been given (religious) knowledge said:"Woe to you! The Reward of Allaah (in the Hereafter) is better for those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and this none shall attain except those who are patient (in following the truth)." So we caused the earth to swallow him and his dwelling place. Then he had no group or party to help him against Allaah, nor was he one of those who could save themselves." (Q28: 76-81)
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited