Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Questions of the People of the Scripture

Lesson # 576 From Holy Qur’aan

Questions of the People of the Scripture

Surah Nisaaa’ (Women) – Chapter – 4

Verse –153 of 176, Section – 22/24 (Part – 6)

The People of the Scripture ask of thee that thou shouldst cause an (actual) Book to descend upon them from heaven; they asked a greater thing of Moses aforetime, for they said: Show us Allah plainly; the storm of lightning seized them for their wickedness. Then (even) after that, they chose the calf (for worship) after clear proofs (of Allah’s Sovereignty) had come unto them; even then We forgave them that! And We bestowed on Moses evident authority.                      Yas-‘aluka  ‘Ahlul-Kitaabi  ‘an-  tunazzila  ‘alayhim  Kitaa-bam-minas-samaaa-‘i  faqad  sa-‘aluu  Muusaaa  ‘akbara  min-zaalika  faqaaluuu  ‘arinAllaaha  jah-ratan-  fa-‘akhazat-humus-saa-‘iqatu  bi-zulmihim.  Sum-matta- khazul-  ‘ijla  mim-  ba’-di  maa  jaaa-‘at-  humul-Bayyinaatu  fa- ‘afawna  ‘an-  zaalik.  Wa  ‘aataynaa  Muusaa  sul-taanam-mubiinaa.            

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‘Ari – (Show), this word has been made from ru-yah. Ru-yah means ‘to see’ and ‘araa-‘ah means ‘to show’.  

‘As-saa-‘iqatu – (Lightening, heavenly electricity), it is from sa-‘aq, which means ‘to come down with force, to fall with pressure, to drop down unconsciously and instantly, to perish. Here it signifies towards lightning which falls with thunder.

In Madinah, some people of the Jews came up to Messenger Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allaah Almighty be upon Him). They said, “Bring a written complete Scripture from the heaven instantly, if you are Messenger, as though Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) had brought complete Torah instantly. We are not convinced with such a Book, which is being revealed in very little parts. “. These verses were revealed as answer to their demand. This description has been mentioned in this entire section.


In short, these all are their (of the Jews) evasions and pretenses. These people have used to be very much arrogant with the Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them). Ask them, “Why did you not believe in Moses (peace be upon him) after that, while He came up to you with complete Torah revealed instantly and proposed a demand like ill-behaved people? In addition to this, you did improper and stupid actions of various sorts”.


Allaah Almighty addresses His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him), “Now they treat you also likewise aforetime Messengers (peace be upon them). We tell you their rudeness with earlier Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them) and some stupid deeds. They are very wicked and mischievous people. They were punished of various sorts. Due to fear of those chastisements, they used to accept some commands, but after that they used to be as it were. As a punishment of this arrogance, lightening fell upon them and they died. Then due to supplication of Messenger Moses (peace be upon him) they returned to living. But they did not believe in God Almighty even after observing too much great tokens and began to worship a self-made calf. Even then they were forgiven and against them Moses (peace be upon him) was glorified.  



Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English byMarmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lessons collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English  by Muhammad Sharif)