Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of the saying of Allah, Exalted and Glorious is He: «Indeed, regarding My servants, you have no control over them»
Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا محمد بن يحيى العطار، عن محمد بن أحمد، عن يعقوب بن يزيد، عن علي بن النعمان، عن بعض أصحابنا رفعه إلى أبي عبد الله عليه السلام في قوله عز وجل: " إن عبادي ليس لك عليهم سلطان " قال: ليس له على هذه العصابة خاصة سلطان، قال: قلت: وكيف جعلت فداك وفيهم ما فيهم؟ قال: ليس حيث تذهب، إنما قوله: " ليس لك عليهم سلطان " أن يحبب إليهم الكفر ويبغض إليهم الايمان.

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Muhammed bin Yahya al-‘Attar, from Muhammed bin Ahmad, from Ya’qoub bin Yazid, from Ali bin Nu’man, from some of our companions, that he ascribed it to Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, with regards to the saying of Him, Exalted and Glorious is He: «Indeed, regarding My servants, you have no control over them» (15:42). He said: He has not, over this group in particular, any control. He said: I said: And how, may I be sacrificed for you, while there is in them what is in them? He said: It is not as you think. His saying: «you have no control over them» only indicates that He makes disbelief desirable to them and faith hated by them.