LESSON # 366 FROM HOLY QUR’AN
Invitation Towards Union
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran (The Family Of ‘Imran, Chapter – 3)
Verse – 64 of 200, Section –7 (Part – 3)
|Say: O people of the Scripture! Come to an agreement between us and you: that we shall worship none but Allah, and that we shall ascribe no partner Unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside Allah. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him).||Qul yaaa- ‘Ahlal-Kitaabi ta- ‘aalaw ‘ilaa Kalimatin sawaaa-‘im- baynaa wa baynakum ‘allaa na’-budu ‘illal-laaha wa laa nushrika bihii shay-‘anw-wa laa yattakhiza ba’-zunaa ba’-zan ‘arbaabam-min-duunillaah. Fa-‘in- ta-wal-law faquulush-haduu bi-‘annaa Muslimuun.|
The Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him) commanded the delegation of Najraan, “’Aslimuu” (Embrace Islam). They said, “’Aslamnaa” (we are Muslims). It is recognized from the dialogue that the Christians also used to claim like Muslims, “We are constant upon Islam”. Likewise, whenever the people of Scripture were invited for believing the Unity of the Deity, they used to say, “We believe in God also”. In this verse, it has been signified to their claim, “O people of the Scripture! You and we are unanimous in the opinion on original faith of Unity (Oneness of God). This faith can make us all one league, provided that you and we should not change these claims. The only requirement is that as you claim with tongue that you believe in One God, the truth of your claim be proved also by IMPLEMENTING. Believe in His Oneness and Ascribe no partner Unto Him really. Surrender yourselves unto Him, Worship none but Allah, and that none of you will take others for lords beside Allah. None should be made His son or daughter. Do not include your will between the things, which have been fixed by Him lawful and unlawful. Moreover, accept His orders and do not make alteration into them.
But, in spite of believing it, if they reject the Oneness of God, use to make someone partnership with Allah Almighty and turn away, then O Muslims! Say: Bear witness O the people of the Scripture that we are they who are firm on Islam, who have surrendered unto Allah Almighty and who are His obedient.
This verse manifests basic policy of Islam that the Muslims are ready to cooperate with each group in the matters of goodness and good works. If there is any form of non-cooperation with any group, that is only form of sin, rebellion and insurrection. Islam invites also those people of the Scripture who used to oppose it in the beginning, for teaching and preaching about the mutual belief of the Oneness of God to come to an agreement between the both parties.
Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & English Translation 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 Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)