Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Punishment On Changing the Speech of God




BAQARAH – 2 (The Cow)


Punishment On Changing the Speech of God


Verse –59 of 286, Section – 6


But those who did wrong changed the word which had been told them for another saying, so We sent down upon the evildoers wrath from heaven for

their evildoing             

Fabadda-lallaziina zala-muu qaw-lan gay-rallazii qiila lahum fa-‘anzalnaa ‘alallaziina  zalamuu rijzam-minas-samaaa-‘i  bimaa kaanuu yaf-suquun.    




Badda-la – (changed) the words which had been told them for saying, they changed them and adopted those words in which the meanings of buffoonery test and laughter were hidden in place of forgiveness.  




Rijzun – (wrath) Wrath of the God Almighty comes in different forms over the persons who become evildoer, disloyal, mutineer or rebel. This word is also used for each type of torture. The commentators of the religion have told that the word ‘wrath’ pointed in this verse, was in the form of Plague on the children of Israel.  




Bimaa kaanuu yaf-suquun – (because they were evildoers, they used to disobey).  This word is made from the word fisq that means disobeying, corruption, adulteration or fornication. So the person who is evildoer or who disobeys the Order of God Almighty is called Faasiq (adulterer, fornicator and corrupt). This sentence signifies that the children of Israel had not abstained physically due to which the Plague spread over them. But they used to disobey the orders of God Almighty continuously; resultantly they were punished with the disease plague.




While the children of Israel conquered the city of Areehaa during the period of Prophet Yusha’ (peace be upon Him) these people became evildoers instead of thanking God Almighty and changing His orders began to do laughter, fun, joke and buffoonery. So instead of using the word ‘hittatun‘(Begging mercy or Grace) they entered the city saying ‘hintatun fii sha’ratin’ (grain in the spike of corn) and instead of prostrating entered the gate of city dragging themselves.




 They were punished with the Plague disease due to this disobedience and God Almighty says, “We sent down upon the evildoers wrath from heaven for


their evildoing”. It was the result that nearly seventy thousand children of Israel became victim of the Plague.      




God Almighty is reminding the children of Israel His favors over them so that they bear in their minds and come towards the straight path thanking Him.




We learnt from this verse that due to His favors we should thank God, the Most High. The nations are ruined due to haughtiness and proud.




Transliteration in Roman Script, English Translation by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore and Paraphrase collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated by Muhammad Sharif Fauji) (http://hltsharif.blogspot.com) (muhammadsharif276@gmail.com)