Sight and Hearing

From these examples is the ayah,

“The example of the two parties is like the blind and deaf, and the seeing and hearing. Are they equal in comparison? Then, will you not remember?” (Sarah Hud:24)

Wherein Allah, the Most Glorious and High, mentions the disbelievers and characterises them as being unable to hear or see and then mentions the believers and describes them with faith (man) and good deeds and humility to their Lord – thus characterising them with the outward mode of worship. Then in reference to characterising humankind with inward mode of worship, He made one of the two groups like the blind and the deaf in the way that his heart was blind from seeing the truth and his hearing deaf from listening to the truth, and these were resembled with the one who is blind in terms of seeing even the most manifest of things, and his hearing is deaf from being able to hear any sound – and the other group as having a seeing and hearing heart, like the one who is able to see with his eyes and hear with his ears. Thus the ayah includes two analogies and likenesses, followed by a negation of the equivalence of these two groups by asking “Are they equal in comparison?”

Paragons of the Qur’an by Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah Pages 28-29

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