In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Mutual Blaming

[38:64] This is a predetermined fact: the people of Hell will feud with one another.

Chapter 64 of Quran is given the title : "Mutual Blaming." In that chapter, verse 9, God has described the Day of Judgment as the "Day of Mutual Blaming."

[64:9] The day will come when He summons you to the Day of Summoning. That is the Day of Mutual Blaming. Anyone who believes in GOD and leads a righteous life, He will remit his sins, and will admit him into gardens with flowing streams. They abide therein forever. This is the greatest triumph.

The title is self-explanatory and the attribute of "Mutual Blaming" is vividly portrayed throughout Quran. On that day, a blaming dialog will take place between many entities - the transgressors, their leaders, their idols, their witnesses, and Satan.God and His messengers will have a share in this blame and will participate in the dialog!

[39:69] Then the earth will shine with the light of its Lord. The record will be proclaimed, and the prophets and the witnesses will be brought forth. Everyone will then be judged equitably, without the least injustice.

The following verses present some of the mix of blame, guilt, and remorse that will take place on the Day of Mutual Blaming. The transgressors who ignored the divine & proven truth and thus wasted their chance of redemption on earth will blame themselves:

[25:27] The day will come when the transgressor will bite his hands (in anguish) and say, "Alas, I wish I had followed the path with the messenger.
[25:28] "Alas, woe to me, I wish I did not take that person as a friend.
[25:29] "He has led me away from the message after it came to me. Indeed, the devil lets down his human victims."

[24:24] The day will come when their own tongues, hands, and feet will bear witness to everything they had done.

The Video Record [41:21] They will say to their skins, "Why did you bear witness against us?" They will reply, "GOD made us speak up; He is the One who causes everything to speak. He is the One who created you the first time, and now you have been returned to Him."

[78:40] We have sufficiently warned you about an imminent retribution. That is the day when everyone will examine what his hands have sent forth, and the disbeliever will say, "Oh, I wish I were dust."

They will blame their leaders and idols, but those leaders and idols will not accept the blame and will disown them:

[2:166] Those who were followed will disown those who followed them.* They will see the retribution, and all ties among them will be severed.
[2:167] Those who followed will say, "If we can get another chance, we will disown them, as they have disowned us now." GOD thus shows them the consequences of their works as nothing but remorse; they will never exit Hell.

The Idols Disown Their Idolizers [28:62] The day will come when He calls upon them, saying, "Where are those idols you had set up beside Me?"
[28:63] Those who incurred the judgment will say, "Our Lord, these are the ones we misled; we misled them only because we ourselves had gone astray. We now devote ourselves totally to You. They were not really worshiping us."
[28:64] It will be said, "Call upon your idols (to help you)." They will call upon them, but they will not respond. They will suffer the retribution, and wish that they were guided!

[34:33] The followers will say to their leaders, "It was you who schemed night and day, then commanded us to be unappreciative of GOD, and to set up idols to rank with Him." They will be ridden with remorse, when they see the retribution, for we will place shackles around the necks of those who disbelieved. Are they not justly requited for what they did?

They will even extend their blame to GOD!!

[20:124] "As for the one who disregards My message, he will have a miserable life, and we resurrect him, on the Day of Resurrection, blind."
[20:125] He will say, "My Lord, why did you summon me blind, when I used to be a seer?"
[20:126] He will say, "Because you forgot our revelations when they came to you, you are now forgotten."

On the Day of Resurrection [14:21] When they all stand before GOD, the followers will say to the leaders, "We used to follow you. Can you spare us even a little bit of GOD's retribution?" They will say, "Had GOD guided us, we would have guided you. Now it is too late, whether we grieve or resort to patience, there is no exit for us."

75:10] The human being will say on that day, "Where is the escape?"

And this will be the response Satan and his descendants will offer them on that day of mutual blaming :

Satan Disowns His Followers [14:22] And the devil will say, after the judgment had been issued, "GOD has promised you the truthful promise, and I promised you, but I broke my promise. I had no power over you; I simply invited you, and you accepted my invitation. Therefore, do not blame me, and blame only yourselves. My complaining cannot help you, nor can your complaining help me. I have disbelieved in your idolizing me. The transgressors have incurred a painful retribution."

[50:27] His companion said, "Our Lord, I did not mislead him; he was far astray."
[50:28] He said, "Do not feud in front of Me; I have sufficiently warned you.
[50:29] "Nothing can be changed now. I am never unjust towards the people."

As for the messengers, they will declare their innocence of all false claims attributed to them - they will proclaim that they delivered God's message. This will be the example of how they will respond :

[25:30] The messenger said, "My Lord, my people have deserted this Quran."

On The Day Of Resurrection [5:116] GOD will say, "O Jesus, son of Mary, did you say to the people, `Make me and my mother idols beside GOD?' " He will say, "Be You glorified. I could not utter what was not right. Had I said it, You already would have known it. You know my thoughts, and I do not know Your thoughts. You know all the secrets.
[5:117] "I told them only what You commanded me to say, that: `You shall worship GOD, my Lord and your Lord.' I was a witness among them for as long as I lived with them. When You terminated my life on earth, You became the Watcher over them. You witness all things.

The lessons delivered through the above blaming dialog are profound. One of them is that while the moment of death is the beginning of eternal bliss for the believers (44:56-57), the Day of Judgment is the beginning of eternal shame and misery for the losers. Once reached, there will be no make up chances or return. Another lesson would be that no human, on that day, including God's messengers, will have any responsibility towards the sins of another. We are born free to choose, as individuals (2:148, 18:29, 33:72) - we will return to God as individuals- and we are fully accountable, individually, for our choices (64:7).

[35:18] No soul can carry the sins of another soul. If a soul that is loaded with sins implores another to bear part of its load, no other soul can carry any part of it, even if they were related. The only people to heed your warnings are those who reverence their Lord, even when alone in their privacy, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat). Whoever purifies his soul, does so for his own good. To GOD is the final destiny.

[6:94] "You have come back to us as individuals, just as we created you the first time, and you have left behind what we provided for you. We do not see with you the intercessors that you idolized and claimed that they will help you. All ties among you have been severed; the idols you set up have abandoned you."

[18:48] They will be presented before your Lord in a row. You have come to us as individuals, just as we created you initially. Indeed, this is what you claimed will never happen.

Peaceful Friday, salaam, and God bless.