| And when he comes to know aught of Our signs, he takes them in mockery. For them there shall be a humiliating punishment.
9 Given the use of signs in connection with both the created order and the verses of revelation, this verse can be understood as a reference to those who mock the signs in creation by failing to acknowledge their Divine Origin and their disclosure of God’s Reality, failing to be grateful for them, and those who mock the revealed signs by denying revelation. That they come to know some of the signs of God refers to memorizing something of the Quran (IK) or to obtaining a surface knowledge of the Quran or the created world without being able to connect the signs in either of them to their Source. Arrogance toward God’s signs implies a personal refusal to believe in them, but mocking them can be seen as a more severe manifestation of disbelief, since it implies actively repudiating God’s signs in the presence of other people.