مَثَلُهُمْ كَمَثَلِ الَّذِى اسْتَوْقَدَ نَاراً فَلَمَّآ أَضَاءَتْ مَا حَوْلَهُ ذَهَبَ اللَّهُ بِنُورِهِمْ وَتَرَكَهُمْ فِي ظُلُمَـتٍ لاَّ يُبْصِرُونَ - صُمٌّ بُكْمٌ عُمْىٌ فَهُمْ لاَ يَرْجِعُونَ
17. Their likeness is as the likeness of one who kindled a fire; then, when it illuminated all around him, Allah removed their light and left them in darkness. (So) they could not see.
18. They are deaf, dumb, and blind, so they return not (to the right path).
[Surah Al-Baqara: 17-18]
- This ayah is talking about the hypocrites. When Allah talks about hypocrites or disbelievers, He Azza Wajal makes us aware of the characteristics so that we can be cautious as not to have those qualities and thus, fall into that brand. This is very important, as what usually happens is, when we read such ayahs, we just assume that this is for the hypocrites and so that we can detect hypocrites amongst us (which is also true), we take it lightly since we feel it is not for the believers.
- A hypocrite, when guidance is brought to him, he first believes, and then he disbelieves. It is like when a fire is lit, there is illumination for him, he is able to see, hear and speak. He feels safe as he benefits from this fire. And then when he prefers misguidance to the guidance and deviation to righteousness, Allah takes away the fire and light, and then he is left in darkness, and he is lost.And he wanders aimlessly, not knowing where to go, what to do. And he will not be able to return to the right path.
And Allah knows best.