Perhaps you would destroy yourself (O Muhammad s.a.w.) in grief over their footsteps (for their turning away from you),
because they believe not in this narration (the Qur’an).
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In this Ayah, Allah s.w.t. comforts our beloved Rasulallah s.a.w. Despite the fact that the Qur’an is the clear truth, there were still people who would not accept it and this caused Rasulallah s.a.w. so much grief – it is a sign of his compassion even to those who refused to believe. So this Ayah means: Do not feel sorry for them, just convey the Message of Allah to them. Whoever goes the right way, then he goes the right way only for the benefit of himself. And whoever goes astray, then he strays at his own loss, so do not destroy yourself in sorrow for them.
The lesson is, as believers, we should continue to convey the message (with wisdom and good akhlaq) and leave the rest to Allah. We can’t force anyone to accept the truth, for Guidance is only granted by Allah – not us. Therefore one should not feel sad if people, friends or loved ones refuse to accept the truth because this will destroy our rigor and drive. Allah s.w.t. says:
So remind them, for you are only a reminder. You are not a dictator over them.
References: Extracted from Tafseer Ibn Katheer & Dr Bilal Philips’ lecture