Lessons from Holy Qur'an

God Bade the Hebrews to Enter the Gate in the form of Prostration

Lesson # 577 From Holy Qur’aan

God Bade the Hebrews to Enter the Gate in the form of Prostration

Surah Nisaaa’ (Women) – Chapter – 4

Verse –154 of 176, Section – 22/24 (Part – 6)

And We caused the (Mount) Toor to tower above them at (the taking of) their covenant: and We bade them: Enter the gate, prostrate! And We bode them: Transgress not the Sabbath! And We took from them a firm covenant.                         Wa  Rafa’-naa  fawqahu-mut-Tuura  bi-Miisaaqihim  wa  qulnaa  lahumud-khulul-baaba  sujja-danw-wa  qulnaa  lahum  laa  ta’-duu  fis-Sabti  wa  ‘a-khaz-naa  minhum-Miisaaqan-galii-zaa.               

                             Yosemite National Park, California,                                


Sujja-dan – (prostrating), it is plural of saajid, which has come out from Sajdah i.e. to keep the forehead on earth before someone for His respect.

Laa  ta’-duu – (Do not transgress), it is from ‘udwaan, which means ‘to cross the limit’.

Galii-zun – this word is used for ‘weighty and corpulent’. Here it aims ‘strong and firm’ which is unbreakable.


Allaah Almighty described about the Jews in this verse that they were commanded to act upon the instructions mentioned in Torah. They denied and said, “These orders are very severe. It is impossible for us to act upon them”. Then Allaah Almighty towered the Mount Toor above their heads. They began to tremble due to its fear that it was near to fall on their heads. They thought that they would be dashed to pieces. For this reason they promised to act upon Torah. After this covenant they were commanded to enter the gate of city in prostrate position before Allaah Almighty. They disobeyed also this order. In punishment of this disobedience, pestilential disease (plague) spread between them and thousands were killed.


After that, they broke another order. They were forbidden from preying upon the fish on Saturday. A firm and strong covenant was taken from them for this purpose. See the Omnipotence of God Almighty that the fish used to come abundantly on each Saturday only. They could not wait and made a plan. They dug such ponds, in which the fish might come but could not return on Saturday, so that, they could catch the fish on Sunday. It is clear evident that this work was against the Order of Allaah Almighty. Therefore they were shaped as monkeys.  


Such people think that everything is only in worldly respect, wealth and property, Army and supremacy. They do not believe in the next world (the Doomsday) and give importance to only outward things. Allaah Almighty, His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) and Their Commands have no weight near to them. Neither they believe in the Word/Scriptures of Allaah Almighty and nor they understand the Truth of His Angels (peace be upon them). They determine the Time of accounts on the Day of Resurrection as self-invented. But actually they are disbelievers. According to the fixed Laws of Allaah Almighty, they shall be punished in the world as well as at the Doomsday.  



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)

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