Some translations of Qur'an 6:26 say:
Others they keep away from it, and themselves they keep away; but they only destroy their own souls, and they perceive it not. -- Yusuf Ali (Saudi Rev. 1985)
and words to that effect. This suggests two things:
- That people can be kept away from Islam by others.
- The others are the only ones punished.
This seems to imply that people kept away from Islam are blameless. I'm wondering if this is a correct interpretation.
Question: Does Qur'an 6:26 imply that someone kept away from Islam is blameless?
This tafsir gives some more context and history:
(And they) Abu Jahl and his folk (forbid (men) from it) from Muhammad and the Qur'an (and avoid it) prevent people from it and steer away from it; it is also said that this relates to Abu Talib [the Prophet's uncle] who used to warn against harming the Prophet (pbuh) even though he did not accept his message, (and they ruin none save themselves, though they perceive not) they do not realise that they carry the same sins of the men they are warning. -- Tanwîr al-Miqbâs min Tafsîr Ibn ‘Abbâs
... Said Muhammad ibn al-Hanafiyyah, al-Suddi and al-Dahhak: “This was revealed about the unbelievers of Mecca. They used to forbid people from following Muhammad, Allah bless him and give him peace, and they themselves stayed away from him”. ... -- Asbab Al-Nuzul by Al-Wahidi
This may mean the context is limited to the time of the Prophet. However, it's not clear as to what happens to those kept away from Islam.