75. How can a merciful bountiful God penalise and bring upon wrath upon His worshippers?

The ocean is full of water, but a sealed bottle will not have a single drop of water go inside it even if thrown in the middle of the ocean. Is that the fault of the ocean or the bottle?

Some people have closed all avenues of guidance to themselves; the faculty of thinking and intellect, edification and reflection, listening to the truth and submitting to it, guidance and advice, and assisting others and have built themselves in to being hard-hearted, just as the Qur’an states, they are like stones or harder;

ثُمَّ قَسَتْ قُلُوبُكُم مِّن بَعْدِ ذَٰلِكَ فَهِيَ كَالْحِجَارَةِ أَوْ أَشَدُّ قَسْوَ

“These people have been deprived of the bounties of Allah SWT due to themselves closing the paths that lead to that bounty, not because of any shortcoming from the bounties and mercy of Allah SWT.”1