Lesson # 936 from the Noble Quran
Tiyyah Valley in Sinai
Surah ‘A’-RAAF (The Heights) – Chapter – 7)
Stage – 2, Verse – 161 of 206, Section – 20 of 24 (Part – 9)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
|And when it was said unto them: Dwell in this township and eat therefrom whence ye will and say “Repentance”, and enter the gate prostrate; We shall forgive you your sins. We shall increase (reward) for the right-doers.||Wa ‘iz qiila lahumus-kunuu haazihil-qaryata wa kuluu minhaa haysu shi’-tum wa quuluu Hittatunw-wad-khulul-baaba sujjadan-nagfir-lakum khatiii-‘aatikum. Sa-naziidul- Muhsiniin.|
The Children of Israel wandered nomadic in the wilderness of Sinai, which is called Tiyyah Valley also; for forty years after coming out from Egypt. It was a punishment against their disobedience. Mention of it has been passed in detail in Surah Baqarah and Surah Maa-‘idah. Allah Almighty bestowed them with many great favors in those days. The clouds overshadowed them in the sunlight. The water springs gushed forth from the rock for their drinking. The Manna and the Quails were provided for their food. But these people were accustomed of eating the esculent vegetables, greenness, pulses and grains. When they were fed up by taking food of one kind during wandering in the forest, then they were commanded on their request that they should go to the township and dwell there. The name of that township was “Arihaa”, which was situated near The Temple of Jerusalem”, a well populated and verdant township. Some scholars have told that it was The Temple of Jerusalem. The Children of Israel conquered this township during the period of Prophet Yusha’ (peace be upon Him) after the death of Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him).
It has been commanded in this verse: We ordered the Children of Israel that they should dwell in this township and allowed them to eat its productions as much as they wished but they should not be proud and arrogant. They should not enter the township like conquerors, crying out, playing on musical instruments and making a noise absurdly, on the contrary, they should enter in the condition of bowing their heads before Allah Almighty and feeling sorrow for their sins. If they will adopt such behavior; We shall be kind to them and forgive their errors, and We shall increase the reward of those, who will be right-doers. That is to say; instantly; one township has been conquered, if their character and behavior will remain correct, then they will be given some more townships. Moreover, the remuneration to the right-doers will be given on the Day of Resurrection separately.
Allah Almighty has promised with those people who follow the prescribed rules and regulations (prescribed by Allah Almighty) that they will be kept well in this world as well as they will be provided ease and comfort in the life after death.
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)