Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Forsake Homes in the Way of God

Lesson # 538 From Holy Qur’an

Forsake Homes in the Way of God

Surah Nisaaa’ (Women) – Chapter – 4)

Verses –88 & 89a of 176, Section – 12/24 (Part – 5)

88.  What aileth you that ye are become two parties regarding the hypocrites, when Allah cast them back (to disbelief) because of what they earned? Seek ye to guide him whom Allah hath sent astray? And he whom Allah sendeth astray, for him thou (O Muhammad) canst not find a way.

89a.  They long that ye should disbelieve even as they disbelieve, that ye may be upon a level (with them). So choose not friends from them till they forsake their homes in the Way of Allah;

88.  Famaa  lakum  fil-Munaafi-qiina  fi-‘atayni  wAllaahu  ‘ar-kasahum  bimaa  kasabuu.  ‘A-turiiduuna  ‘an-  tahduu  man  ‘azal-lAllaah.  Wa  many-yuzli-  Lillaahu  falan  tajida  lahuu  Sabiilaa.


89a.  Wadduu  law  tak-furuuna  kamaa  kafaruu  fata-kuunuuna  sawaaa-‘an  falaa  tattakhizuu  minhum  ‘aw-liyaaa-‘a  hattaa  yuhaajiruu  fii  SabiiLillaah.                    




Munaafi-qiina  – it is plural of Munaafi-q that means hypocrites, which are being discussed since many lessons back. They are called hypocrites, whose outward appearance and inward qualities are not uniform, whose outward behavior is only for show. In the beginning of Islam, these people were of two kinds.

  • Those persons, who used to say themselves Muslims, but actually they were infidels by hearts.
  • The people, who were infidels, but they wished to keep association, union and friendly relationship with the Muslims.

Now discussion about the second kind of group begins.

In the beginning of Islam, some people had not embraced Islam, but they used to tie friendship and love with the Muslims. They desired that whenever Muslims fight against the infidels, then they should leave them considering their friends, and their wealth and lives might remain safe. When it was known that their aim is only to save themselves from any kind of loss and to hurt the Muslims, then the Muslims became two parties. One of them used to say, “Leave to meet the fiends of their own intentions cordially”. The other party used to say, “What do they mar us? May be some of them become Muslims in imitation”.

It has been declared in this verse that it was useless to meet the selfish people cordially. Their deeds are too much bad that Allaah Almighty has kept them deprived of such blessing like Islam and returned them toward infidelity. Nobody can guide them towards the Straight Path, to whom Allaah Almighty sends astray due to punishment of their bad deeds. Actually, they wish to bring you also back to infidelity. But you have embraced Islam and even left your birth-place. Therefore, as long as they also do not leave their native land and do not become ready to sacrifice their wealth and property, wives and children, rest and comfort (even everything), you should never make them friends.

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 Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English  by Muhammad Sharif).