LESSON # 136 FROM HOLY QUR’AN
BAQARAH – 2 (The Cow)
The Religion Of Abraham
(peace be upon Him)
Verse –135 of 286, Section – 16 (Part 1)
And they say: Be Jews or Christians, then ye will be rightly guided. Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Nay, but (we follow) the religion of Abraham, the upright, and he was not of the idolaters.
Wa qaaluu kuunuu Huu-dan ‘aw Nasaaraa tahtaduu. Qul bal Millata ‘Ibraa-hiima Haniifaa. Wa maa kaana minal-mushrikiin.
Millata ‘Ibraa-hiima – (the religion of Abraham) it aims those particular rules and regulations which were issued by the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) and a society assembled upon these principles.
Haniifaa – (the upright) during the period of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) the people used to worship different things and deemed that their all businesses run through them. The Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) invited them towards the worship of one God setting free from all others and adopted one God Himself too giving up all others. So He (peace be upon Him) was given the title of “the Upright”.
The Holy Qur’an refuted all liar beliefs of the Idolaters and the people of the Scripture, proved false their arguments and invited them to accept the Truth with bright and clear proofs. The children of Israel and the Christians must have embraced the true and simple teachings of the Holy Qur’an but instead they chose the path of opposition and violence, and on the contrary they used to invite the Muslims towards the Jewish religion and the Christianity. They used to say the Muslims, “Embrace our religion; you will get success in this world and Hereafter. The God Almighty commanded the Messenger of Allah Almighty (may glory, grace, blessings and peace be upon Him) to reply them from the side of the entire Muslim nation against their invitation, “O the people of the Scripture! You have made uncountable changes in your Books and Divine Laws of your religions and our religion has been established only on that ancient Oneness of God’s religion, which was of the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him). We are firm on that particular religion and we have not made any change in it”.
Another thing, “With which face do you relate your religion towards the Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) while He (peace be upon Him) never did go near the plurality? He had pure belief on Oneness of the God Almighty, whereas your religion has been filled with the filth of pluralities. How may you be the claimers of true religion and freedom?
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)