Lesson # 1007 from Noble Quran
Showing cowardice in the battle
Surah ‘ANFAAL (SPOILS OF WAR) – Chapter – 8)
Stage – 2, Verses – 45 & 46 of 75, Section – 6 of 10 (Part – 10)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
|45. O ye who believe! When ye meet an army, hold firm and remember Allah much, that ye may be successful.
46. And obey Allah and His Messenger, and dispute not one with another lest ye falter and your strength depart from you; but be steadfast! Lo! Allah is with the Steadfast.
|45. Yaaa-‘ayyu-hallaziina ‘aamanuuu ‘izaa laqiitum fi-‘atan- fas-butuu waz-kurUllaaha kasiiral-la-‘allakum tuflihuun.
46. Wa ‘atii-‘Ullaaha wa RasuulaHuu wa laa tanaaza-‘uu fataf-shaluu wa tazhaba riihukum was-biruu. ‘InnAllaaha ma-‘as-Saabiriin.
Taf-shaluu – (you falter, be faded), this word has been derived from fashala. Fashala means “to become lazy, to feel weakness, to show cowardice”.
It has been described in this verse that the help of God Almighty comes at that time when a man shows courage, face the difficulties with steady and stability. You should remember Allah Almighty. Those people who are slack and good for nothing, impatient, nervous during intricacies and bewailing, they are not able to be helped by God Almighty. Those individuals, who have forgotten their Lord, are deprived of His particular help.
It is commanded that holding firm in front of the enemy is necessary for the Believers. Islam does not want to fight unnecessarily. It is a Message of Peace for the world. At first, It explained those common principle for the human beings, by accepting and adopting which, every individual and group of the world can live peacefully and even keep others living.
First object of Islam is to establish peace and safety for all mankind, but if wicked doers do not abstain from their mischief, there is no other form of removing corruption and mischief except fight, then it is compulsory for the Muslims that they must show utmost steady and stability, and remember Allah Almighty every time.
They should be ready to obey wholeheartedly the commands of God Almighty and His Beloved Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him), dismiss entirely their disputes with one another. Mutual disputes make the nation certainly weak and their strength departs from them. Humiliation and disgrace is obtained by them.
Afterwards, it is incumbent for them that they should never be confounded from troubles and hardships, be steadfast and stand still in front of difficulties like the mountain. God Almighty is with the steadfast, grateful and courageous Believers. He helps them at every step.
Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Pak 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)