Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Who Sit Still are not Equal in Rank to Warriors

Lesson # 542 From Holy Qur’an

Who Sit Still are not Equal in Rank to Warriors

Surah Nisaaa’ (Women) – Chapter – 4)

Verses – 95 & 96 of 176, Section – 13/24 (Part – 5)


95.  Those of the believers who sit still, other than those who have a disable (hurt), are not on an equality with those who strive in the Way of Allah with their wealth and lives. Allah hath conferred on those who strive with their wealth and lives a rank above the sedentary. And unto each Allah hath promised good. And He hath bestowed on those who strive a great reward above the sedentary-

96.  Degrees of rank from Him, and forgiveness and mercy. And Allah is Ever-Forgiving, Merciful.

95.  Laa  yastawil-qaa-‘iduuna  minal-Mu’-miniina  gayru  ‘uliz-zarari  wal-Mujaa-hiduuna  fii  SabiiLillaahi  bi-‘amwaa-lihim  wa  ‘anfu-sihim.  Fazza-lAllaahul-Mujaa-hidiina  bi-‘amwaa-lihim  wa  ‘anfu-sihim  ‘alal-qaa-‘idiina  darajah.  Wa  kullanw-wa-‘adAllaahul-husnaa.  Wa  fazza-lAllaahul-Mujaa-hidiina  ‘alal-qaa-‘idiina  ’ajran  ‘aziimaa. 


96.  Darajaatim-minhu  wa  mag-firatanw-wa  rahmah.  Wa  kaa-nAllaahu  Gafuurar-Rahiimaa.                           




Gayru  ‘uliz-zarari  – (who sit still, who have no excuse), gayru means ‘except, besides,‘uliz-zarari – (those persons who are healthy and able to fight).

Allaah Almighty commands that how can those people (who shirk from strive and they are sitting at their homes to save only their own lives) be equal to those who strive with their wealth and lives. No doubt that the weak, the ill, the old, the cripple and the poor people cannot fight, but which is the apology for them who are healthy and have potentiality to strive? Those persons are thousand degrees better to them in merit, which are ready to spend their wealth and sacrifice their lives in the Way of Allaah Almighty. They have higher ranks upon them. They are entitled for special absolution and kindness.

It is known from this verse that some such persons should be ready from the Muslims, who may save them and support the religion of Allaah Almighty. It is not obligation for all Muslims to go for fighting, if any group of such people is held. However, it is the duty of entire people to help such group in their preparation. And if such group does not exist, then entire Muslims will be sinners.

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).