Lessons from Holy Qur'an

The First Sanctuary – Ka’-ba At MECCA

LESSON # 392 FROM HOLY QUR’AN

The First Sanctuary – Ka’-ba At MECCA

Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran (The Family Of ‘Imran, Chapter – 3)

Verse –96 & 97a of 200, Section –10    (Part – 4)

 

96.  Lo! the first Sanctuary appointed for mankind was that at Bekkah, a blessed place, a guidance to the peoples;          

 

97a.  Wherein are clear signs (of Allah’s Guidance); the place where Abraham stood up to pray; and whosoever entereth it is safe.                  

96.  ‘Inna  ‘Awwala  Bay-tinw- wu- zi-‘a  linnaasi  lallazii  bi-Bakkata  mubaarakanw-wa  hudal-lil- ‘aalamiin.

 

97a. Fiihi  ‘Aayaatum- bayyinaatum- Maqaamu  ‘Ibraa-hiim.  Wa  man-dakhalahuu  kaana  ‘aami-naa.           

 

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‘Awwala  Bay-tin  – (the first Sanctuary), it aims ‘the House of Allah Almighty at Mecca’ i.e. Bay-tUllaah, Ka’-ba, which is the first place of worship. This Square Building have the capacity of the conqueror of the world (International level), because remaining all places of worship were of local and national level. Moreover, the entire other places of worship were built afterwards either those were idol-temples, pagodas, furnace temples of worshippers, churches or some other (considered) sacred places. Being the first place of worship the chaplet is on the head of this Square Building.

 

Upon this claim of Muslims, “We are nearer to Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) than all other nations and groups”, the Jews had objection also that actual native land of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) was Iraq, from where he (peace be upon him) migrated to Syria. Then he lived and deceased there. His (peace be upon him) descendants also used to live in Syria. The Prophets (peace be upon them), who came in that country, they chose the temple of Jerusalem as their direction of worship. The Centre of Islam, contrary to them, is Hejaz. The Muslims left the direction of the temple of Jerusalem and adopted the temple of Mecca (Ka’-ba) as their direction and place of worship. How can they claim near relationship with Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), while they (the Muslims) live much away from Syria?

 

Reply to those objectors has been dictated in the above mentioned verse. That is to say; the temple of Jerusalem and other blessed places were built after that {the temple of Mecca (Ka’-ba)}. Forty years after the construction of the temple of Mecca (Ka’-ba) (Bay-tUllaah), Prophet Isaac (peace be upon him) laid a foundation of the temple of Jerusalem (Bay-tul Muqaddis). Construction of the temple of Jerusalem was completed many hundreds years later during the time of Prophet David (peace be upon him). The first Holy House in the world, which was built for the Guidance, that is Ka’-ba, which is situated in the city of Mecca Mu-‘azma. Purpose for the construction of this Holy House was that the people of the world should come here and turn their attention towards Allah (God) Almighty.

 

From the beginning, Allah Almighty bestowed His apparent and hidden blessing to this Sacred Place, settled it a spring for Guidance of the entire world. He sent His Last Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) to this sacred place. He invited the entire world for pilgrimage, commanded the Muslims to direct their faces towards this place during offering their prayers and Allah Almighty kept different types of tokens in the earth of Mecca due to the blessing of BaytUllaah (the temple of Mecca) (Ka’-ba). The person, who reported here, got safety and peace.    

 

 

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)  

Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Become Follower Of Abraham’s Religion

LESSON # 391 FROM HOLY QUR’AN

Become Follower Of Abraham’s Religion

Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran (The Family Of ‘Imran, Chapter – 3)

Verse –95 of 200, Section –10    (Part – 4)

 

  1. Say: Allah speaketh truth. So follow the religion of Abraham, the upright. He was not of the idolaters.
Qul  sadaqallaah: fattabi-‘uu Millata  ‘Ibraa-hiima  haniifaa.  Wa maa  kaana  mi-nal-mushrikiin.         

 

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After describing the facts about lawful and unlawful likewise the religion of Abraham (peace be upon him) in the previous verses, Allah Almighty has said to His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him), “Say! (O Muhammad) Allah speaks the truth. He has caused to hear you true and pure description besides permitted and forbidden things, regarding Islam and Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him). There is no doubt into them.

 

Millata  ‘Ibraa-hiima  haniifaa – (the religion of Abraham, the upright). The word Millat is usually used for a group, a nation (specifically religious nation), religion and creed, sect, mode and doctrine.

 

Literally, Haniif means ‘a kind of bow’ i.e. a person who adheres to rectitude, upright, in an erect position and honest. It also aims that the person who leans towards only one direction turning from all others and becomes of only One disconnecting all other relations. Haniif  is a title of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) also. His (peace be upon him) life is perfect explanation of this word. He (peace be upon him) left his family, community and country. He remained an iconoclast, turned away from the stars and accepted to fell into the fire (here; it is told “unhesitatingly love plunged into the fire of Nimrud” (Bay khatar kuud parhaa aatishi nanruud men ishq). He tolerated to leave his (peace be upon Him) wife and child, accepted to sacrifice his son (peace be upon them) for the sake of Allah the Most High. In short he (peace be upon him) sacrificed in every respect for the pleasure of Allah Almighty.

 

The Jews and the Christians were very proud of being from the race of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him). They also used to claim that the real religion of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) has reached only them heart to heart. Holy Qur’an cleared that although the children of Israel are from the descendants of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), but they are not his (peace be upon him) followers in the religion. Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) was purely Monotheistic, never came near the polytheism. But the children of Israel are materialistic, they worship their Prophets (peace be upon them) and the monks, sell their belief being influenced by ordinary greed, run away from the selflessness and sacrifice, cause to clip from austerity, strive and struggle. In these circumstances, what their relation may be with Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him)?

 

Above-mentioned evidences clear that the Muslims are nearer to Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) instead of the children of Israel. Because they are convinced from the monotheism of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), are bound for admission and pleasure, and the obedience is their tenet. Therefore, the Jews, who claim verbally to be followers of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him), they should follow Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) whole-heartedly like Muslims, leaving polytheism and adopting monotheism. They should acquire belief and faith leaving the evil and mutiny.

 

 

 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)