Lessons from Holy Qur'an

The Punishment for them, Who Went Astray

Lesson # 623 From Holy Qur’aan

The Punishment for them, Who Went Astray

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

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


In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Changing words from their contexts and saying: If this be given unto you, receive it, but if this be not given unto you, then beware! And he whom Allaah doometh unto sin, thou (by thine efforts) wilt avail him naught against Allaah. Those are they for whom the Will of Allaah is that He cleanse not their hearts. Theirs in the world will be ignominy, and in the Hereafter an awful doom.                         Yuharrifuunal-kalima  mim-  ba’-di  mawaazi-‘ih.  Yaquuluuna  ‘in  ‘uutiitum  haazaa  fakhu-zuuhu  wa  ‘illam  tu’-tawhu  fah-zaruu.  Wa  many-yuriDIllaahu  fit-natahuu  falan-  tamlika  lahuu  minAllaahi  shay-‘aa.  ‘Ulaaa-‘ikal-laziina  lam  yuriDIllaahu  ‘any-yutahhira  quluubahum.  Lahum  fid-dunyaa  khizyunw.  Wa  lahum  fil-‘Aakhirati  ‘azaabun  ‘aziim.                            

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Yuharrifuuna – this word is from tah-riif, which means “to change, to remove”. Lan-  tamlika – (You shall avail naught, you will never find under control).

The disbelievers, the hypocrites and those, whose belief is weak, pursue in this attempt, “Change that command of Allaah Almighty according to own object, which seems against own desire”. But the belief does not permit it. Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) brought Torah unto the Jews, but those people changed the words and meanings of the Scripture to fulfill their own wishes, for example; in Torah, the punishment of fornication by any married adulterer and adulteress was stoning. The Jews removed this command totally. Those Jews, who did not see the Messenger of Allaah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him), said them, who used to meet the Messenger, “You should ask the punishment of fornication from this Messenger. If He says that stoning is not punishment of fornication, then we shall be able to misguide the people that He is also with us in the denial of stoning. But if He keeps up the punishment of stoning, then you should not listen to Him” (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him). As if, it is making the religion like one’s own wish. But Messenger of Allaah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) said, “The punishment of stoning is held in Torah” and a Jew scholar was made witness upon it,


On the other side Allaah Almighty sent Angel Gabriel (peace be upon Him), who conveyed His message, “Keep up the punishment of stoning, because the object is to stop the fornication strongly. Big badness becomes public due to it.


These were those tricks, with which the Jews and other people had wished to break the restrictions of the religion, to get freedom of committing the crimes, tyranny and oppression. The Messenger of Allaah Almighty has been commanded in this verse that He (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) should do His duty and not grieve due to the deeds of the supporters of infidelity; at last the mischievous people would have to be pressed down.


Woe is me! at that time those people were pressed and remained under pressure for a long time, but then even the Muslims also became the slaves of desires and were entangled in the same badness, in which the Jews and the Hypocrites had been entangling, and they were punished in the same manner.


The Punishment for them, Who Went Astray

It has been told the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him), “You should not grieve by observing the people, who become angry, when they are guided towards the goodness, and rebel more in the badness. Your duty is only to tell the method “how to be good” to the good people and ignore the evildoers. If they do not obey you, then you should not be sorrowful. Every kind of people will dwell in the world. The betterment of this life is in it that the good people remain is power”.


“If the goodness and the evil (both) are held in this world, then opportunity of choosing the way of truth or evil is provided and the humankind, living in this world are tested. That person is rewarded, who succeeds in this test. So Allaah Almighty has given time to the evildoers too. Firstly, they are a trial for others. Secondly, they have been given chance of their correctness. Therefore, they are the people, who are not under your control so that you may bring them all towards the Straight Path”.  


“Understand about them that their hearts have not remained able to accept the truth due to their continuous evil deeds. Now they are incurable and they have been entered in the evildoers, whose stay in this world is also compulsory corresponding to the formation of the world. The process of correction of the mankind cannot be stopped due to them, but if it is stopped, then the world would be perished”.


It has been decided for them that the disgrace and infamy is their luck in the world due to their evil deeds. Apparently if they are seen as getting strong, don’t worry! It is outward spring for only a few days and a casual form. Morally they will dwell tumbled down in the world and these are the meanings of “disgrace”.  On the Doomsday, there is nothing for them except pains, troubles, restlessness, disquietude and anxiety. What would be anguish big that it that their hearts are impure. Here, the impression of impurity is the inferiority, and there – severe suffering (on the Day of Resurrection).   


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)