Lesson # 669 From Holy Qur’aan
Adapt lawful methods of earning
‘Al-Maaa-‘idah (the Table Spread) – Chapter – 5)–Stage – 2
Verses –114 & 115 of 120, Section – 15 of 16 (Part One-Fourth of 7)
In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Lesson – 2
Another discourse, which can be understood here, is that the purpose of the supplication by Jesus (peace be upon Him) was that, when ready (for eating) sustenance will be available for the people, they will remain engaged maximum time in the Remembrance and Worship of Allaah Almighty heartily. Their dissensions and mutual disputes will come short. They will become able to control their desires, and it will become easy for the people to live like priests and monks. It was the actual reason of saying to the people by Jesus (peace be upon Him) before supplication: Fear Allaah, if you are true Believers. The aim of warning the people in this manner was: As you ask for such facilities and comforts, so after that, the abstinence and piety of highest standard will be claimed from you. Have you so much strong belief that when you will be spared from labor of earning, will you not pass that time in immoral amusement, gambols and games? Will you continue in close contact with the works of Allaah’s Will every time instead of those evil deeds?
In reply to above questions they assured Jesus (peace be upon Him) that after getting down the Table Spread with Food from the heaven, they would dwell as thankful servants of Allaah Almighty. After hearing their answer, Jesus (peace be upon Him) supplicated and asked for the Table Spread with Food from Allaah Almighty, He commanded as answer to the supplication: I shall send the Table Spread with Food down. But after it the person, who will disbelieve, will not be pious and thankful to Me, surely I will punish him with a punishment wherewith I shall not punish any of My creatures.
In the supplication of Jesus (peace be upon Him), there is a request of two things – the Table Spread with Food and the Sustenance. There are different opinions of the people regarding the Table Spread of Food. Some people say: It was sent down by Allaah Almighty, but many others say: that was not sent down. However the supplication regarding wideness in the sustenance and easiness was accepted. That is to say; the person, who will adapt lawful methods of earning, he will be given wideness in the income, but there is a condition in it too, that the person, who will spend this income in good works and lawfully, and will obey the commands of Allaah Almighty, will find freedom. But the wealthy misers and evildoers will be punished severely, whereas the poor persons will not be punished due to this kind of punishment. The Jews and the Christians particularly of that time were benefitted due to the supplication. The doors of the wealth were opened for the both nations in the world, although the Jews suffered disgrace also along with the wealth due to the reason that they disbelieved in Jesus (peace be upon Him).
The Christians were fortunate in getting wealth and respect because they believed in Jesus (peace be upon Him). The warning of Christ (peace be upon Him) did exist, they would have to remember it that the sources of income, which have been made practicable for them. After earning the wealth, if they would spend it in evil deeds and searching their greatness, then it would be meant that it would be disbelief in God, which might be cause of Allaah’s wrath. Even if they are not punished properly in the world, but they can never get rid of on the Day of Resurrection.
Alas! The Christians became proud due to the wealth and forgot that part of the supplication of Christ (peace be upon Him), in which the disbelievers were threatened from the wrath.
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’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)