LESSON # 171 FROM HOLY QUR’AN
BAQARAH – 2 (The Cow)
Thoughtless Follow Suit
Verse –170 of 286, Section – 21 (Part 2)
And when it is said unto them: Follow that which Allah hath revealed, they say: We follow that wherein we found our fathers. What! Even though their fathers were wholly unintelligent and had no guidance?
Wa ‘izaa qiila lahumut-tabi-‘uu maaa ‘anzalal-laahu qaaluu bal nattabi-‘u maaa ‘al-faynaa ‘alayhi ‘aabaaa-‘anaa. ‘A-wa-law kaana ‘aabaaa-‘uhum laa ya’-qiluuna shay-‘anw-wa laa yahta-duun.
It has been mentioned in this verse about a habit of the illusion pro/whimsical that is to say whenever they are commanded to do worship for God Almighty, follow His orders and rules in each part of the life, earn and spend the wealth and property according to His instructions, act upon the Divine law of religion in the affairs, business, money dealings, buying and selling, marriage/wedding festivities, divorce, in these cases they reply, “We shall respect only the customs of our elders, forefathers and traditions of our dynasty. We shall go on that path on which we have seen our elders and superiors”. As though these people have faith on the customs of their elders leaving the orders and instructions of the God Almighty, they consider prior their customs and traditions and give importance and force more than the Divine law of the God Almighty.
Allah Almighty commands that these people follow indiscriminate their elders, while it is possible that their forefathers have not any intelligence and wisdom. They would be going astray in the depravity. They would have totally fallen back from the straight path. So following blind their likewise forefathers these people will fall compulsorily in the destruction and ruin.
Our Wise Doctor and famous Poet of the East Muhammad Iqbal has mentioned the concept in the exaggerated view as under:
‘Aa-iini naw si darnaa, tarzi kuhun pe arhna
Manzil yahi kathan hai qawmon ki zindgi men
(To fear from the new constitution, to stop on the old form
It is the difficult stage in the existence of the nations
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)