Lesson # 776 From the Noble Quran
Lawful animal, slaughtered with the name of God, is lawful to eat
Surah ‘Al-‘An-‘aam (Cattle) – Chapter – 6)–Stage – 2
Verses –117 & 118 of 165, Section – 14 of 20 (Part – 8)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
|117. Lo! Thy Lord, He knoweth best who erreth from His Way; and He knoweth best (who are) the rightly guided.
118. Therefore eat of that over which the name of Allah hath been mentioned, if ye are Believers in His Revelations.
|117. ‘Inna Rabbaka Huwa ‘a’-lamu many-yazillu ‘an- SabiiliH. Wa Huwa ‘a’-lamu bil-Muhtadiin.
118. Fa-kuluu mimmaa zukiras-mUllaahi ‘alayhi ‘in- kuntum- bi- ‘AayaatiHii Mu’-miniin.
At that time, when Holy Qur’an was revealed, nearly entire people of the world had gone back from the Way of Allah Almighty. When the Messenger of Allah Almighty began to explain the real Revelations of Noble Qur’an, it was very troublesome for them to give up their wrong path, because being too much habitual of it; they had seen their own death in this new system and organization, whereas the secret of real life was hidden in it.
The people of Makkah used to criticize the commands of Holy Qur’an. Instead of understanding the actual matter, their only job was to object. The Commentators have explained that when the Holy Qur’an forbade from eating the meat of any dead animal dying naturally and determined it unlawful for eating, hereupon, the infidels of Makkah turned up their nose and knitted the eyebrows according to their habit, and from them, those people, who used to consider themselves more wise, they said: it is strange that the animal, which is killed by Allah, is unlawful for eating, whereas, which is slaughtered by a mankind himself, is lawful.
It was described in the previous verses for warning as its preface and reply that those people, who mislead from the Way of Allah, say about the apparent matter by making reform. But there is nothing in their fraudulent sayings. The fact is that Lawful and Unlawful is based on the Command of Allah Almighty.
The actual foundation of their objection is that they consider that Allah Almighty should be bound of their wishes, and as their idols say them nothing, they do as they desire, likewise Allah Almighty should not give them order (Let’s flee to God). False foundation of their thoughts was disclosed in the previous verses.
It has been described very clearly in this verse that “to order is just the job of Allah Almighty and to obey His Command is the duty of entire mankind”.
It is commanded that Allah Almighty knows best them, who err from His Way, as well as them also, who are rightly guided and go straight forward on His prescribed Way. Erroneous way cannot be correct due to their false and destructive ideas. The wrong is always wrong. Therefore, you should not care of the sayings by the stupid people.
It is wrong to say that the animal, which dies itself, is killed by Allah Almighty and which is slaughtered according to the instructions of Allah Almighty, is killed by the human being. Allah Almighty kills every soul, whether that is from the mankind or animal kind.
Moreover, because the name of Allah Almighty is mentioned at the time of slaughtering any lawful animal, so due to the blessing of His name, it becomes lawful for eating the meat of that particular animal only. Accordingly, if any animal is slaughtered by mentioning the name of any other than Allah Almighty, that is unlawful too, whether that is slaughtered in accord with the prescribed instructions. For this reason, being lawful is only with the name of Allah Almighty and His command.
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)