Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Nip the evil in the bud

Lesson # 622 From Holy Qur’aan

Nip the evil in the bud

‘Al-Maaa-‘idah (the Table Spread) – Chapter – 5)–Stage – 2

Verse – 41a of 120, Section – 6 of 16 (Part – 6)


In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

O Messenger! Let not those grieve thee who vie one with another in the race to disbelief, of such as say with their mouths: “We believe”, but their hearts believe not, and of the Jews; listeners for the sake of falsehood, listeners on behalf of other folk who come not unto thee,                      Yaaa-‘ayyu-har-Rasuulu  laa  yah-zunkallaziina  yusaari-‘uuna  fil-kufri  minal-laziina  qaaluuu  ‘aamannaa  bi-‘afwaahihim  wa  lam  tu’-min-  quluu-buhum.  Wa  minallaziina  haaduu  Sammaa-‘uuna  lil-kazibi  sammaa-‘uuna  li-qawmin  ‘aakhariina,  lam  ya’-tuuk.                           

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Yusaari-‘uuna – this word is from musaari-‘ah, which means “To run towards anything”. It has been derived from sur-‘at, which means “quickness, hurry”. It aims that they run rapidly. Afwaahun – (the mouths), it is plural of fawh, which means “the mouth”. Sammaa-‘uuna – (the listeners), it is plural of sammaaa’, which is from sama-‘a. Sama-‘a has two meanings i.e. ‘the ear’ and ‘to listen’. Sammaaa’ is the person, who listens to very attentively.


The people, who recite the Holy Qur’aan with attention and think upon its meanings, it is not hidden from them that “Islam teaches the humankind to dwell by mixing up with one another as united and with friendship. It guides that everyone should care mutually, “No harm to anyone from anyone, and help collectively one another mutually themselves, that any difference should not come between them in meeting with one another. And the person, who breaks unity, safety and peace, for him/her ‘Nip the evil in the bud’, so that disturbance and restlessness may not spread in the society due to that person’s wickedness and mischief”. When the humankind would be able to establish this type of system, then it would be understood that now correctly a society has been formed. True form of a society is that, in which evildoers fear from the good-doers. The society cannot be proper until the mischievous people have not as much threat in their hearts that they might not commit any crime due to the fear of their society. This matter has been caused to understand here by various sorts. The biggest law, which has been described in it is, “Support the good people and never help the evildoers”.  


The foundation of Islamic society is in obedience of the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) heartily. The Holy Qur’aan has explained the ways for the Messenger of Allaah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) to establish a society and told the tales of those ruined people, who did not go straight way but went astray.


Behavior of the Disbelievers

Having not belief in Allaah Almighty as it is necessary, is called infidelity. Belief is on the contrary to it i.e. Belief in Allaah Almighty correctly. The form of society was standing earlier on the foundation of infidelity, and in it, murder, fornication, theft, robbery, plundering and many other evils were common held by the custom. And this manner was set up, “Any powerful person could accomplish his desire by pressing the weak and the rich could effect his purpose by means of influence upon the poor as they wished”.


When Allaah Almighty wished to sanctify the life of humankind from these evils, He sent His last Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) in the world, revealed upon Him the law of Holy Qur’aan and commanded, “While Islam has come in the world, then independence of afflicting the weak, which was held in the infidelity, has remained no more”. It was its result that the selfish people got ready to finish Islam. Some people opposed openly. They fought against Islam. Some of them entered in Islam for the purpose that after being confidents, they might demolish its building and create illusion of infidelity. These people were called Hypocrites. The Jews (Banu Quraizah) co-operated with the supporters of infidelity but some of them remained separate. They decided to carry their cause into effect through the hypocrites, and began to meet the Muslims and work with the hypocrites. This verse has betrayed the evils of these both kinds of outward and hidden enemies of Islam. The plan of their wicked deeds of tricks has been drawn and the Messenger of Allaah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) has been satisfied, “You should not be sorrowful and dispirited, and carry on Your (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) task”.


It has been commanded, “O Messenger! Let not grieve you the wickedness of the Jews and the Hypocrites. Their aim is to know the matters by entering into Muslims and publicize them in accordance with their own mode. But because the teachings of Islam are faultless and surely would be pleasing in their true color, so they dye them of a lie, and like this, they show a good thing as a bad one. They wish to electro-plate with a lie upon Your Sayings, which they listen from You (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him), because if those words spread in original, then the world will not keep up without believing in them”.


Now it is known that the world will believe in the beauty of Islam at that time, when it will be presented in its original form. Not believing in Islam by the world has a very strong reason that a false color has been electro-plated upon it. On the contrary, the infidelity is accepted at that time, when its original color is covered with a glittering plated. If its original form would be seen by the people, then it would be found out and everybody would begin to hate it.


Another aim to listen to Your Sayings is to become listeners on behalf of those people, who do not come towards You (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him), but after knowing Your circumstances, they dig the roots of Islam and use to make plans to make the infidelity current.


We understood from this verse that Islam wishes to stop the crimes completely and save the weak and the poor from tyranny and oppression. The disbeliever keeps up the crimes individually or collectively, whether he/she says apparently himself/herself Muslim or is at a great distance from it.


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)