Living The Quran


From Issue: 474 [Read full issue]

Al-Anfal (Spoils of War)
Chapter 8: Verse 46 (Partial)

Causes of Failure
Do not dispute with one another, lest you lose heart and your moral strength.

People fall into dispute when they have different authorities which they look to for leadership and guidance, or when desire is the ultimate factor that shapes people's views and ideas. When people obey only God and His Messenger, the main cause of dispute between them disappears, no matter how much their views differ over the question under discussion.

Having different views is never a cause of dispute and conflict. What causes conflict is desire, making everyone insist that his view is the one to follow, even when it appears to be wrong. Desire causes 'self' to be placed in opposition to 'right' and attaching more importance to self in the first place.

"In The Shade of The Quran" - Sayyid Qutb, Vol. 7, p. 158