Lesson # 633 From Holy Qur’aan
You Can Compete for Moral Pre-eminence
‘Al-Maaa-‘idah (the Table Spread) – Chapter – 5)–Stage – 2
Verses – 52 & 53 of 120, Section – 8 of 16 (Part – 6)
In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Lesson – B
The Muslims were instructed in the previous two lessons that they should not keep deep friendly relationship with the Jews and the Christians, and it has been told very clearly about them, who say themselves ‘Muslims’ and see towards the disbelievers with friendly eyes, that there is a disease, a defect (of hypocrisy) in their hearts.
Before these verses, the Muslims have been prohibited – once in Surah ‘Aali- ‘Imraan and twice in Surah Nisaaa’ that they should not keep friendly relations with the Infidels, ignoring the Muslims. After this so much strict guidance, now we should think, “How would we have to live in the world?” Because surely the disbelievers will dwell forever as well as the Jews will live until their prescribed time and the Muslim too are not effaceable until the mortality of the world.
Till the present time, the need for thinking more upon this problem was not felt because a very powerful Muslim government was established in the world, and probably they thought that they would never be put down. So this question had not any importance for them. But now a day, the condition of the Muslims is open. Whether anyone wishes or not, but he would have to accept it incumbent that the Muslims are under a close arrest and have fallen into the traps of the strangers from their all around. It is known here that perhaps it was error of ours own that we did neither learn, nor teach the dwelling manner by mixing up with different nations by considering it seriously, while we had degree of leadership and instructorship of the nations of the world.
It appears by meditating in these verses that the guidance for the Muslims to live separately from the Infidels and the people of the Scripture, is not due to the reason that they are disbelievers and the Muslims are believers, but actual reason is that they are very selfish and purely wrongdoers. At the other hand, the Muslims’ fundamental faith is that the entire humankind are servants of Allaah Almighty, and being the servants of Allaah Almighty they all are brothers and sisters of one another mutually themselves. Therefore, well-wishing for one another is compulsory for them even having separate religions. They should not think only for their own welfare, but let all of them get opportunity equally to reap the advantages from the benefits of the world, and they all should take their shares with equity and reconciliation, mutually themselves.
This is the lesson which was forgotten by the Muslims themselves. Whereas they were given chance to act upon it at their own as well as teach the world properly about the method of dwelling comfortably in the life. But they forgot this lesson, learnt the lesson of selfishness from others and put the teachings of Holy Qur’aan behind.
It is revealed that the only rule of dwelling in this world may be that every nation, sect, community and class should be independent in its religion and thoughts. None should suppress anyone, but the entire human beings should agree upon it mutually that all the people are provided equal share in the worldly gains. Therefore, the wars and the battles should be dismissed, which surely depend on the selfishness.
It is the teachings of Islam, “Do not fight for worldly superiority with one another, however you can compete for moral pre-eminence”.
Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)