LESSON # 132 FROM HOLY QUR’AN
BAQARAH – 2 (The Cow)
The Religion of Prophet Abraham
(peace be upon Him)
Verse –130 of 286, Section – 16
And who forsaketh the religion of Abraham save him who befooleth himself? And verily We chose him in the world, and lo! In the Hereafter he is among the righteous.
Wa many-yargabu ‘am-Millati ‘Ibraahiima ‘illaa man safiha nafsah. Wa laqadista-faynaahu fiddunyaa. Wa ‘inna-huu fil-‘Aakhirati laminas-Saalihiin.
Yargabu – (forsake, shake off) this word is derived from the word raghbat, which means ‘to incline to; to turn, to attend to, to favour to. When ‘an comes with this word then meanings become on the contrary to this word that is to say, go opposite to someone or to turn.
In this verse the God Almighty has commanded that religious sect of the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) is straight on the religion of nature/wisdom. Its teachings interpret the nature of cool-minded. Only that person will oppose it whose nature has not remained moderated and has changed from good to bad.
Religious sect of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) is the same religion which is being invited by Islam today. Here religion Islam has been named as the religious sect of Abraham that the children of Israel and Christians are being addressed here, and it is intended to tell them that Holy Qur’an does not invite you to any new religion. You are being invited towards the religion of your own honorable forefather and spiritual guide Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him).
The children of Israel and the Christians had not left any stone unturned to invent the self made and false tales about their innocent Prophets (peace bee upon Them). The Holy Qur’an refutes their blames. Wherever the Prophets (peace be upon Them) are mentioned, It (the Holy Qur’an) also mentions their moral and spiritual magnificence.
Here it has been commanded about the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) that the God Almighty had chosen Him for every kind of blessings of the world due to His belief that the worshipped of Oneness and having faith on Allah Almighty. He was bestowed the honor of Messenger and Prophet. He was fixed as religious and spiritual guide of the people in the world, and surely He will be counted in the good and virtuous people on the Day of Resurrection.
The purpose of mentioning about greatness and magnificence of the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) is to tell the children of Israel and the Christians that the Prophet whom they admit as the great, glorious and honorable guide, His religion was also Islam, which is being presented by the Last Prophet Muhammad (may glory, grace, blessings and peace be upon Him). If they take Him as their religious leader then they should accept Islam. This is the only way of their forefathers.
Transliteration in Roman Script & English Translation of Holy Qur’an written 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) (http://hltsharif.blogspot.com) (firstname.lastname@example.org)