Lesson # 1121 from Holy Qur-’aan
False pretexts of Hypocrites
Surah ‘TAWBAH or BARAAA-‘AH (REPENTANCE) – Chapter – 9)
Stage – 2, Verse – 86 of 129, Section – 11 of 16 (Part – 10)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
|86. And when a Surah is revealed (which saith): Believe in Allah and strive along with His Messenger, the men of wealth among them still ask leave of thee and say: Suffer us to be with those who sit (at home).||86. Wa ‘izaaa ‘unzilat Suuratun ‘an ‘aaminuu Billaahi wa jaahiduu ma-‘a Rasuuli-hista’-zanaka ‘ulut-tawli minhum wa qaaluu zarnaa nakum-ma-‘alqaa-‘idiin.|
It is a narration about common behavior of the Hypocrites of Madinah. They could not succeed due to the behavior of the Muslims, which they adopted with them in those days, according to the Instructions of Holy Qur’an, otherwise they would have stopped the Muslims, from going forth, by entrapping them in their own wrangling.
The verses of Holy Qur’an guided the Muslims that they should increase their strength and community sincerely, not be deceived from apparent prosperity, pomp and show of the hypocrites. They should remain busy always in planning “how to make and keep them weak and unarmed”. Otherwise it manifests from their character and conduct that they will try their best that the Muslims should not get strong.
Then once again, the intention has been drawn in this verse, particularly towards their public behavior. It is commanded: Apparently those people are on very intimate terms with Muslims. But when they are asked to do some work, then they evade of various sorts and try to run away.
When a command is revealed in any Surah: Believe in Allah Almighty wholeheartedly, help the Messenger (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) in every condition when He comes out for fighting against the enemy for self protection, and sacrifice your lives and wealth for safety of the Muslims along with Him (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam). Then at that time you see, powerful, strong and rich people of them come sobbing and making their mouth like wretch people and say: What should we do now? We have been suffering from such condition that we are unable to go forth and participate in the battle along with you at this time. We wish wholeheartedly that we should partake, but the circumstances do not permit us. Therefore, kindly grant us leave; that we should be left behind along with those, who are being left behind unwanted and who are unable to move; as children, women, crippled and old people, whereas these all are their false pretexts. In fact, they do not believe in Allah Almighty and consider nothing to His Messenger (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam).
Transliterated Holy Qur’aan 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)