Lesson # 941 from the Noble Quran
Our Lord is Forgiving, Merciful
Surah ‘A’-RAAF (The Heights) – Chapter – 7)
Stage – 2, Verse – 167 of 206, Section – 21 of 24 (Part – 9)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
|And (remember) when thy Lord proclaimed that He would raise against them till the Day of Resurrection those who would lay on them a cruel torment. Lo! Verily thy Lord is Swift in prosecution and lo! Verily He is Forgiving, Merciful.||Wa ‘iz ta-‘azzana Rabbuka la-yab-‘asanna ‘alay-him ‘ilaa Yawmil-Qiyaamati manyyasuu-muhum suuu-‘al-‘azaab. ‘Inna Rabbaka la-Sarii-‘ul-‘iqaab. Wa ‘innaHuu la-Gafuu-rur-Rahiim.|
It was described earlier that Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) prayed in favor of the Children of Israel, that this nation should be made the most superior and respectable in the world as well as in the Hereafter. In response to this prayer, Allah Almighty revealed: Superiority and honor does not depend on race or nationality, but it depends on obedience of Allah Almighty.
The Children of Israel proved with their later on behavior that they consider the Commands of Allah Almighty nothing. They flee from the religion and run towards those things openly; from which they have been forbidden. That’s why, they were kept and will be kept suffering from the humiliation and degradation in the world, and on the Day of Resurrection, they will be punished very severely. It has been mentioned in Torah and Gospel till today. The same has been revised in Surah ‘Al-Baqarah, ‘Aal-‘Imraan and ‘Al-‘A’-Raaf etc. in Holy Qur’an, so that the Muslims should take it a warning for themselves from their circumstances and understand properly that those people who disobey the commands of Allah Almighty, whose behavior is ingratitude and who are arrogant, they are kept contemptible and disgraced in the world and the Hereafter. The same has been described in this verse.
It is commanded that none should forget this happening. Allah Almighty says: O Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him): Your Lord proclaimed clearly that He has predestinated the disgrace and the baseness for the Children of Israel for ever due to their rebellion and immorality. Such people will be born continuously in the world until the Judgment Day who will put them in difficulties and keep them bruised if they did not correct their behavior, and in addition, your Lord will punish them with severe wrath on the Day of Resurrection, because He is Swift in prosecution. Nothing can prevent Him from doing so. Besides this, verily He forgives the sins of those who repent and ward off evil, and He is most Merciful too and sends down His Mercy for them who put themselves right.
The history witnesses that the Children of Israel remained despised and loathed always due to the reason of their own wicked deeds. During the ancient times, they were ruined and destroyed by the Ionians, Bukht Nasar and many others. In the present era; Germany and Hungry etc. banished them, and now they have been living with the support of others. There will be no abode for them if their supporters leave them today. And this all has been described for the Muslims’ admonition and precept.
Allah Almighty has promised for the success and victory of the Muslims also at many places in Holy Qur’an, but with the condition that; if they will remain obedient of the Commands of Allah Almighty, then they will be provided with support and victory, because Islam is the name of God’s obedience. Without obedience; claim of being Muslim is hypocrisy only. And its punishment is the same as mentioned above.
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)