Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Verily Ye Used To Wish For Death Before Ye Met It


Verily Ye Used To Wish For Death Before Ye Met It

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

Verse –142 & 143 of 200, Section –14 (Part – 4)


  1. 142.  Do ye deem that ye would enter Paradise while yet Allah knoweth not those of you who really strive, nor knoweth those (of you) who are steadfast?


143.  And verily ye used to wish for death before ye met it (in the field); now ye have seen it with your eyes. 

142.   ‘Am  hasibtum  ‘an-  tad-khulul-Jannata  wa  lammaa  ya’-lamillaa-hullaziina  jaaha-duu  minkum  wa  ya’-lamas-Saabiriin.


143.  Wa  laqad  kuntum  taman-nawnal-mawta  min  qabli  ‘an-talqawh; faqad  ra-‘aytumuuhu  wa  ‘antum  tanzuruun.




It has been mentioned in this verse, “Do you consider that you would reach there easily and comfortably, where Allah Almighty wishes to cause to arrive the Muslims (at most dignified places of the Paradise and higher grades)? In addition, Allah Almighty will not observe through your test and trial, that how much of you are those who really strive and who are steadfast? Keep it in your minds that only those people are caused to reach the superior posts, who are ready to sacrifice their lives and bear each kind of hardness and severity in the Path of Allah Almighty.


Those companions (may Allah Almighty be pleased with them) who could not participate in the Battle of Badr, they used to long for it that Allah Almighty produce another chance again, so that ‘we’ also achieve the grade of martyrdom in the Way of Allah Almighty. It has been commanded in this verse, “The longing, which you had earlier in your breasts, that has appeared in front of you. That is to say; you wished to strive with the fond of martyrdom in the path of Allah Almighty. At this time, treacherous powers are before you. How strange is it if instead of going ahead, now you want to withdraw? Moreover, you would have to accomplish the desires of your hearts. 


It has come in the Sayings of the Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him), “Do not wish ever to defy against the enemy. However, if the time has come and you have been compelled to fight, remain steadfast now and strive the crusade if the enemy is challenging you.   


It is evident from the verses that to acquire the result of goodness, someone has to bear the hardships in the Way of Allah Almighty. Test and examination declares that, “who deserves the Paradise? Who has the right to become Its heir? In such a manner, the Muslims would have to face different kinds of calamities and troubles to get Paradise. Therefore, they should remain steadfast and patient. 



Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore and tran slated Urdu to English  by Muhammad Sharif.