LESSON # 374 FROM HOLY QUR’AN
Fraud Of The People Of The Scripture
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran (The Family Of ‘Imran, Chapter – 3)
Verse –78 of 200, Section –8 (Part – 3)
|And lo! there is a party of them who distort the Scripture with their tongues, that ye may think that what they say is from the Scripture, when it is not from the Scripture. And they say: It is from Allah, when it is not from Allah; and they speak a lie concerning Allah knowingly.||
Wa ‘inna minhum lafarii-qany-yal-wuuna ‘alsi-natahum bil-Kitaabi li-tahsabuuhu minal-kitaabi wa maa huwa minal-kitaab. Wa yaquuluuna huwa min ‘indillaahi wa maa huwa min ‘indillaah. Wa yaquu-luuna ‘alallaahil-kaziba wa hum ya’-lamuun.
Allah Almighty has mentioned in this verse about religious embezzlement and dishonesty of the People of the Scripture. These people deceive the persons in their worldly matters as well as in the religious affairs. They alter the Words of Heavenly Books (the Scripture) and depose duly changed its meanings. They included some false self-invented descriptions in the Torah and Gospel and excluded entire those verses from the Holy Books, which they considered apparently not fruitful for them.
Some people from them were those, who distorted the Scripture with their tongues, so that the listeners might be deceived and they might think that what they had said was from the Scripture. Their evil does not end here but they also used to claim that it entire is revealed from God Almighty, while it was not from the Scripture. How much hard heartedness would be more than it that they attributed all these false descriptions as from Allah, while they knew that it was not from Allah but their self-invented and they told a lie concerning Allah Almighty knowingly. For them surely there will be a painful doom.
It is known from this verse also that the children of Israel changed the Scripture of Allah Almighty intentionally for the purpose of only worldly greediness. Due to revenge of this kind of evils, they were involved in different types of difficulties and torments from Allah Almighty. Entire favors were snatched from them. Their biggest favor was prophet-hood, which was transferred to the children of Ishmael (Last Messenger, Muhammad – grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him) from them. Now the Word of Allah Almighty is in our trust in the form of Holy Qur’an. We should preserve Its Words and Meanings completely and should not attribute any thing towards Allah Almighty, which is neither held in the Holy Qur’an nor is against the Will of Allah Almighty.
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)