LESSON # 17 HOLY QUR’AAN
BAQARAH – 2
INTENTION OF HOLY QUR’AAN
Verse – 2 of 286, section -1
|A guidance unto those who
ward off (evil)-
Hudan – Guidance, Path of Knowledge, Equipment for moving on the path, strength and power to reach at the destination. These all things are included in the meanings of ‘Guidance’. We have learnt its explanation in “The Opening” (Al-Faatihah).
Muttaqiin- Plural of Temperate, Abstinent and Sober, who have fear of GOD in their hearts, who live in abstinence, who does his work with care. One event of Sayyidina Abi bin Ka’ab (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho) is being written here for explanation of the word “Piety”.
Once Sayyidina ‘Umar (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho) asked from Sayyidina Abi bin Ka’ab (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho) about meanings of Temperate. He replied, if you pass through a forest which is full of thorns and shrubs, and then what will you do? He answered, “I shall fold up my clothes, so that skirt of my garment may not involve with thorns. Sayyidina Abi bin Ka’ab (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho) said, “this is the fear of GOD”.
Now it is evident that guidance of the Holy Qur’aan is better for those people who want to reach their destination keeping themselves safe from the thorns of the forest of this world i.e. sins.
There are two types of mankind. Some have fearless temperament. They become so thoughtless that without thinking anything they plunge into each work. Some are those who think before starting any work with care. Now it is revealed that the people who live a careful life, they gain advantage of guidance. These persons, color of piety may be seen into them. Abstinent will reach at the top with the teachings of Holy Qur’aan and following virtues will bear into them.
This Book, “The Holy Qur’aan” is revealed for guidance of the entire world. And it is addressing to all the people of the entire world. But practically only those persons will get advantage from this book who seek and need to know the truth. Every work needs some basic elements for starting the work for example, feet to walk, eyes to look, so to get guidance from the Holy Qur’aan fear of GOD is necessary in the hearts. The sun shines on the entire universe. But those persons who have lost their power of sight, for them light is useless. If the earth is salty, rain will prove nothing on it. It is important to bear the piety in our hearts that we should settle our accounts ourselves. Once Sayyidina Umar (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho) said, “prior to this, that anybody calls your account, you should check the account yourself.
Transliteration in Roman Script, English Translation by Marmaduke Pickthall and Paraphrase collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore & translated By Muhammad Sharif
SAYINGS OF THE MESSENGER OF THE CREATOR (70 TO 77)
TRY AND STRIVE (Al-Jihad)
70. Sayyidina ‘Abdullah bin ‘Abbas (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
The fire of Hell will not touch two eyes, one that weeps from fear of Allah and the other that has spent the night as sentry for the sake of Allah. (Tirmizi, Targheeb)
71. Sayyidina ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar(Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
May I not reveal to you a night that is superior to the Laylat al-Qadr (Night of Power)? (it is the night) when someone stands on sentry duty (during Jihad) on a land where there is fear of the enemy and the risk of not being able to return to one’s family. (Haakim, Targheeb)
72. Sayyidina ‘Ali bin ‘Abu Taalib (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
If anyone contributes towards Jihad in the cause of Allah and himself stays at home then against every dirham that he gives he will get reward for seven hundred dirham. As for him who personally takes part in the jihad at the same time as making a monetary contribution then against every dirham he will get a reward for seven hundred thousand dirhams. Besides, Allah may increase reward of anyone as many times as He chooses. (Ibn Majah, Targheeb)
73. Sayyidina Zayd bin Khalid al-Juhani (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
If a person equips a Ghazi (a warrior) in the path of Allah he is also a Ghazi. As for him who acts as a representative of the Ghazi and is kind to his family (in his absence) then he too is a Ghazi. (Bukhari, Muslim, Targheeb)
74. Sayyidina Abu Moosa al-Ash’ari (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
The doors of Paradise are under the shade of swords. (Muslim, Tirmizi, Targheeb)
75. Sayyidina Anas bin Maalik (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
To go out in the cause of Allah once in the morning or in the evening is better than the world and what it contains. (Bukhari, Muslim, Targheeb)
76. Sayyidina ‘Imraan bin Haseen (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
Anyone standing in the rows (of Jihad) for the sake of Allah is superior in the sight of Allah to sixty years in worship. (Haakim, Targheeb)
77. Sayyidina Mu’aaz bin Jabal (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
As for the Muslim who participates in Jihad only so long as it takes for milk to reappear in the udders of a she-camel after it has been milked once, Paradise becomes definite for him. As for him, who suffers an injury in the path of Allah or gets a scratch, on the Day of Resurrection the Mark will appear as large as possible in saffron colour and odour of musk. (Abu Dawood, Tirmizi, Targheeb)
Collected by Muhammad Sharif Fauji from The Book “Sayings of The Prophet” (Peace Be Upon Him) Published by Darul Ishaat, Urdu Bazaar Karachi