LESSON # 288 FROM HOLY QUR’AN
Story of Prophet Saul (peace be on him)
BAQARAH – 2 (The Cow)
Verse –246 of 286, Section –32 (Part – 2)
|Bethink thee of the leaders of the Children of Israel after Moses, how they said unto a Prophet whom they had: Set up for us a king and we will fight in Allah’s Way. He said: Would ye then refrain from fighting if fighting were prescribed for you? They said: Why should we not fight in Allah’s Way when we have been driven from our dwellings with our children? Yet, when fighting was prescribed for them, they turned away, all save a few of them. And Allah is Aware of evildoers.||‘Alam tara ‘ilal-mala-‘i mim- Baniii-‘Israaa-‘iila mim- ba’-di Muusaa. ‘Iz qaaluu li-nabiyyil-lahumub-‘as lanaa Malikan-nuqaatil fii Sabiilil-laah. Qaala hal ‘asaytum ‘in- kutiba ‘alaykumul-qitaalu ‘al-laa tuqaatiluu. Qaaluu wa maa lanaaa ‘allaa nuqaatila fii Sabii-lillaahi wa qad ‘ukhrijnaa min-diyaarinaa wa ‘abnaaa-‘inaa. Falammaa kutiba ‘alay-himul-qitaalu tawallaw ‘illaa qaliilam-minhum. Wallaahu ‘Aliimum-biz-zaalimiin.|
It has been pointed also in this verse towards an important tale of the history of Israel’s Children. After some times of departing Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him), the Children of Israel gathered in the temple of Jerusalem being confused from the attacks of King Goliath and other enemies, and being helpless from each side. Perhaps this reign was of the Prophet Samuel (peace be upon him). They requested the Prophet of God Almighty (peace be upon him) to appoint for them a commander-in-chief, under whose supervision they may fight. He (Prophet Samuel (peace be upon him) said, “I’m afraid that if it is ordered to Fight (do ji-haad), then would you not refrain from fighting”? They assured that they would fight in Allah’s Way when they had been driven from their dwellings with their children. But when the time for fighting came, they all turned away save a few of them.
Transliteration in Roman Script & English Translation of Holy Qur’an written by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore and Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated by Muhammad Sharif)