LESSON # 40 HOLY QUR’AAN
BAQARAH – 2
Helplessness of Adversary & Glad for Orthodox
Verse – 24 & 25 of 286, section -3
24. And if ye do it not and ye can never do it, then guard yourself against the Fire prepared for disbelievers whose fuel is of men and stones.
25. And give glad tidings (O Muhammad) unto those who believe and do good works that theirs are Gardens underneath which rivers flow.
24. Fa-‘illam- taf-‘aluu wa lan-taf-‘aluu fattaqun-Naarallatii wa-quudu-han-naasu wal-hijaa-ratu ‘u-‘iddat lil-Kaafiriin.
25. Wa bashshi-rillaziina ‘aa-manuu wa ‘amilus-Saali-haati ‘anna lahum jannaatin- tajrii min-tahtihal-‘anhaar.
Wa-quudu-han-naasu wal-hijaa-ratu – Its fuel is of men and stones. It is earmarked towards Fire of the Hell which will be much vigorous. It will also burn the stones in addition to the human beings. As though the Idols of stones will also become fuel of it. May it be that hint of Al-Hijaa-ratu is towards stony or hard-hearted human-beings.
In the previous lesson the adversary people were invited for competition with Holy Qur’aan. Now they are being told, “if you are unable to compete and we say that you shall not be able, then now it is clear that it is the Speech of God”. And it is evident that the Messenger (Muhammad) (Peace be upon Him) is the True Prophet. Now if you do not have faith on Prophet-hood of ‘Muhammad’ (Peace be upon Him) and do not act upon the commands of Holy Qur’aan, it shall be the Base of Hell’s Agony. So you should arrange to escape from it because the Fire of Hell is not the normal fire. But that is the Fire of which men and stones will become its fuel. And this Fire is prepared for them who contradict the commands of Islam, Prophet-hood of Muhammad (peace be upon Him), Truth of the Divine percepts of Islam and purity of Holy Qur’aan.
Some more talks have also been cleared from this verse:
1. The matter in which enemies of Islam particularly “the Quresh” claimed, “purity of the words and admonish the meanings easily”, made them humble in it and it was proved that this Speech was of the God.
2. The false gods which the people have adopted instead of the One God (Allah Almighty) and pray them for boons, those all were refuted.
3. Punishment of infidelity was fixed the Hell.
We should not have any doubt in Truth of the Holy Qur’aan, purity of Islam, truth and honesty of the Messenger ‘Muhammad’ (Peace be upon Him) because if all the mankind try collectively to write any one small surah like Surahs of the Holy Qur’aan, they can not bring (in which all those excellences must be present which are held in this Speech). Some of those excellences are: pure words, eloquence and rhetoric, preaching of good manners, explain the meanings excellently, material for relief and guidance of all the people, instructions for the mankind in all the matters of difficulties and problems, equally useful for all the nations of the world etc.
‘Aa-manuu – They believe. Those people who have not any doubt in worshipped-ness of the God, Prophet-hood of the Messenger ‘Muhammad’ (Peace be upon Him) and truth of Holy Qur’aan.
Wa ‘amilus-Saali-haati – (do good works). The works which are according to the guidance of Holy Qur’aan and the Messenger (peace be upon Him), pure from badness and crookedness.
In this verse good tidings have been given to those who believe and do good works that they will go in the Gardens (Paradise) in which all facilities of comfort and pleasure will be present. The rivers of cool and flavored water will be flowing in them.
Now it has been cleared that to become rightful of the Heaven and for entering into it two excellences are necessary for the human being. (1) There might be no doubt in his heart regarding God and His Prophet (Peace be upon Him). (he should understand that his worshipped, Lord and Master is Allah Almighty, promise that the Messenger of God (Peace be upon Him) is true, believe that the Holy Qur’aan is the Speech of God and have faith on the Day of Resurrection). (2) His all deeds would be according to the commands of Holy Qur’aan and instructions of the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him). He should not leave any that work which has been ordered and instructed as mentioned above. He should not do any prohibited work.
We have reached on this point with the Summary of this verse that Paradise can not be gotten only with the good works. Belief and faith are also necessary with good works and just like this good works are necessary with the belief.
Transliteration in Roman Script, English Translation by Marmaduke Pickthall (Holy Qur’aan published by Paak Company, Urdu Bazar Lahore and Paraphrase collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore, translated By Muhammad Sharif Fauji