Lessons from Holy Qur'an

First Likeness Of The Hypocrites



First Likeness Of The Hypocrites

Verse – 17 of 286, section -2

17.   Their likeness is as the likeness

of one who kindleth fire, and when it sheddeth its light around him Allah

taketh away their light and leaveth

them in darkness, where they cannot


17.   Masaluhum kamasa-lillazistawqada naaraa. Falammaaa ‘azaaa-’at maa hawlahuu zahaballaahu bi-nuurihim wa tarakahum fii zulumaatil-laa yubsiruun.


Masaluhum – (Their likeness). Likeness means an old famous event

which corresponds to any present event and due to its fame the people may understand it quickly and it becomes helpful also for explanation of the

present event.


Zulumaat – (Plural of darkness).


       In the years of Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him) there were two

kinds of Hypocrites:


 1.   Those, who were the vital enemies of Islam, but they claimed to be the sympathizers and friends of the Muslims with their tongues.


2.   Those Hypocrites who were weak due to their temperament and were

neither supporters, nor they opposed Islam. In which side they found

their advantage, they put themselves to that side.


       These two types of hypocrites are explained in the Holy Quran. In this

verse example of first type of hypocrites is being explained.


       Example of these people is like a man who lit the fire in the darkness.

 From the light of fire all things around him became bright and he became

capable to recognize the difference between profitable and harmful things.

But suddenly God snatched his eye-sight. Now he could not see anything

while surroundings of him were bright. Just like blinds he is wandering

hither and thither and can not get advantages of the Brightness.  


       This example proves fit for the Hypocrites. Before Islam they were

surrounding in the darkness of infidelity. There was no distinction between

good end evil for them. Then candle of Islam was enlightened and they

started getting advantages from it. But suddenly all opportunities which they

were availing due to Islam, were snatched. Their original face came in front

of Muslims. And they did not remain capable to deceive the Muslims. Some

of them leaned towards evil leaving the Truth and some were forfeited to get advantage from the Light of Islam due to their personal means. The light of

Islam became useless for them in these three conditions and darkness spread everywhere.



Transliteration in Roman Script, English Translation by Marmaduke Pickthall (Holy Qur’aan published by Paak Company, Urdu Bazar Laho re and Paraphrase collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore, translated By Muhammad Sharif Fauji





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