Anonymous asked: What is the meaning of 2/11?
Sorry for the late reply, I couldn’t find my notes on chapter 2.
Verses 2/1-5 is the process humans are to follow to achieve guidance and bliss. 2/6-7 speaks of those who reject this process and the state of their hearts. 2/8-10 mentions those from the people [nās] who claim to be secure with a sense of Greater Purpose and accountability, but in reality they don’t understand. Once more a mention of corrupted hearts, showing us that blissful living must come from purifying the heart.
2/11 And when it is said to them, “Do not spread corruption [tuf’sidū] in the earth,” they say, “Only are we reformers [muṣ’liḥūn].”
Their lack of conviction and the disease in their hearts results in them working against the process of 2/1-5 but claiming otherwise. They confuse spreading fasad in the land with righteous works.
The next two verses show they consider the workers of the dīn to be fools, when in fact they are the fools.
The chapter identifies very early on one of the main challenges faced by humankind: ignorance. Many of us cause harm by acting on ignorance, and unless we correct our intentions and care for our hearts, we risk becoming arrogant towards the peace-makers who try to correct us.
Feel free to share your interpretation too. Thanks.