Lesson # 724 From Holy Qur’aan
If I had power, then you would have been punished ere this
Surah ‘Al-‘An-‘aam (Cattle) – Chapter – 6)–Stage – 2
Verse – 58 of 165, Section – 7 of 20 (Part – 7)
In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
|Say: If I had that for which ye are impatient, then would the case (ere this) have been decided between Me and you. And Allaah is Best Aware of the wrongdoers.||Qul ‘anna ‘indii maa tasta’-jiluuna bihii laqu-ziyal-‘amru baynii wa baynakum. WAllaahu ‘a’-lamu bizzaalimiin.|
It was admonished in the previous verse that disbelievers – the slaves of own desires and those, who enjoy pastime fearlessly, say impudence: Neither shall we accept and nor fear from threat. If you are really true then bring down punishment upon us at once.
As reply to their rudeness, Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) was commanded: Tell them “The punishment is not in My power. Allaah Almighty has kept it in His own Control. His Word can neither be false nor a lie and nor there is anyone better decider than Him”.
A secret has been described in this verse: What predicament of the world was, if the punishment would be in the power of any other than Allaah Almighty? Knowledge and endurance of the mankind, both are limited. If power of torment due to disobedience, is given to the human being, then he will never delay punishing anyone.
Contrary to this, Knowledge of Allaah Almighty has surrounded the entire circumstances completely. He is Aware entirely of the consequences of every action. One of His Attributes is “The Wise”. He has complete Knowledge regarding its advisability and proper time. He is For-bearer also, Who can loosen the defaulter. Along with it, He knows thoroughly the condition of the criminal. Peculiarity of the crime/sin and its quantity, all is clear on Him.
If the human beings were given the power of torment, then the world would have been destroyed very earlier. Among the mankind, the Messengers (peace be upon Them) have more knowledge, mildness and patience given by Allaah Almighty than the common people. While the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) has been commanded: If I had that (torment) for which you are impatient, then would the case sooner than this have been decided between Me and you, in that case, what the mention of others?
Now listen to the meaning of the verse. Allaah Almighty addresses His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) – Say to the deniers, who demand torment from you: If I had that for which you are impatient, then would the case (ere this) have been decided between Me and you, but the matter is in the Control of Allaah Almighty. He will send down punishment on you, whenever He will consider it reasonable.
Allaah Almighty has manifested the Position of His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) in these verses that neither is it His duty to show favor of, flatter any mankind, displease upon someone and punish him, and nor to compel any person for embracing Islam.
His (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) duty is only to convey the Command of Allaah Almighty to the human beings, whenever it is revealed upon Him, and cause to know the people in a well manner through preaching, instructing and acting upon It Himself, that everything is in the Divine Power and Control of Allaah Almighty.
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)