Lesson # 928 from the Noble Quran
Those seventy men were immobilized like dead
Surah ‘A’-RAAF (The Heights) – Chapter – 7)
Stage – 2, Verses – 154 & 155a of 206, Section – 19 of 24 (Part – 9)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
|154. And when the anger of Moses abated, he took up the tablets, and in their inscription there was guidance and mercy for all those who fear their Lord.
155a. And Moses chose of his people seventy men for Our appointed tryst and, when the trembling came on them,
|154. Wa lammaa sakata ‘am-Muusal-gazabu ‘akhazal- ‘Alwaaha wa fii nus-khatihaa Hudanw-wa Rahmatul-lillaziina hum li-Rabbihim yarhabuun.
155a. Wakh-taara Muusaa qawmahuu sab-‘iina rajulal-li- Miiqaa-tiNaa. Falammaaa ‘akhazat-humur-rajfatu-
Nus-khatihaa – this word is from nasakha, which means “to inscribe, to write”. The word Nuskhah is from it also which means “a written thing, an inscription, a recipe”.
Punishment of those who did worship of calf, was described in the previous verse. Along with it, repenting according to the prescribed method was proposed for them as a source of deliverance.
After that, circumstances in respect of Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) are being described again from this verse. It is commanded that when the anger of Moses (peace be upon Him) abated and the wroth had gone, He took up the tablets of Torah, which He had cast down. Those commands, which were written on those tablets, were very useful words of the believers’ Lord.
This token of those who believe in Lord Almighty has been described in the verse that they fear God Almighty and in every matter, at first, they bear in mind that He should not be displeased from them. Truly, if someone has belief that: that entire is from God Almighty, whatsoever I have been receiving. There is no one other who may give this all. My life is established because He looks after me every time. While, whenever and whichever is necessary for my living and for making my condition graceful, He provides immediately, then how can I displease such Protector, a Kind Friend and Benefactor ever? I must fear Him (Allah Almighty) every time because if He withdrew His attention from me, then what shall I do? Then I shall be of nowhere. The word yarhabuun in the verse, has the same meaning that such people try their best to keep Him pleased every moment.
That happening has been mentioned in the verse after it which has been explained in Surah Baqarah (Chapter – 2), that the Children of Israel said: O Moses (peace be upon Him)! We shall believe in Allah Almighty at that time, when we shall hear His Voice with our own ears.
At the appointed time, Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) chose seventy men from the Children of Israel and brought them on the mountain Sinai. When they insisted to see Allah Almighty, the lightning fell down, the trembling came on them and then they were immobilized like the dead.
Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)