Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Save Yourselves from the Selfishness

Lesson # 631 From Holy Qur’aan

Save Yourselves from the Selfishness

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

Verse – 51 of 120, Section – 8 of 16 (Part – 6)


In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


Lesson – B


In the beginning of Islam, when it was coming into existence in its original color in front of the people of the world, different nations which were dwelling in the Arab, went all of them against It. The only reason of their enmity was that Islam desired to make and keep the entire human beings equal brothers of one another. But those people had formed a habit that they would have to keep themselves in power and all other people should live under their control, because every group and nation wished its own greatness. So they had all evils into them like quarrels, evil-living, beating and looting one another, and they were happy in this condition. Islam wanted to establish the way of peace, safety and wellbeing, and tried to bar them from those miserable affairs. They had comprehended that if it would be so, then there will be no chance for anyone of them to set up their chief-ship in future. Therefore, they all were drawn up in a battle array to abolish Islam and could not understand that by doing so, they were preparing field for choking one another forever.


The Muslims have been acquainted with this danger in the verse, we recited in the previous lesson that the Jews and the Christians have been involved as such in the selfishness, as other disbelievers. It was told in Surah ‘Aali- ‘Imraan openly, “Let not the believers take disbelievers for their friends in preference to believers”, they are selfish, and the selfish person cannot be a friend of anyone. Because the Jews and the Christians are also like them, so it has been declared here that hope of friendship with them is useless. A well-wisher for himself only and a well-wisher for the entire humanity cannot be friends and well-wishers of each other.


It has been described, O Muslims! You should not seek the friendship of the Jews and the Christians. They have bent upon casual friendship between themselves mutually and with other infidels. They cannot be your friends, this mutual friendship of theirs and association with the infidels is until their selfishness permits them. You should not be their comrades, because whosoever will be their friend and associate, will become like them. The reason is that you are morally at a higher surface than them, because you are well-wishers for all, and they are in a lower field than yours because their slogan is selfishness, and it is clear that to let someone fall from height to down is easier than lifting someone from depth to height. Therefore, if you met them cordially, they will cause to fail you easily and make you selfish, and you will not be able to elevate and make them well-wishers equally for all. So, understand! If anyone of you took them for friend, would become like them.


Then it has been commanded, “Think not that you will make them as you are by meeting them, because Allaah Almighty does not guide the tyrants towards the Straight Path. They are cruel because they see nothing except their own gain, and it is the main cause of quarrel in the world, if everybody keeps own advantage in front and suppress others for it. It is called tyranny”.


The world knows now a day that these people are ready to ruin the world to keep their affairs up and they are happy because of having Atom Bombs etc. They are glad that none can rebel against them. It is ‘the End’ of the selfishness and it has reached this limit due to the only reason that the Muslims have also been entangled in the paw of selfishness. Now they are looking also towards them for getting worldly gains being helpless, from whom they were warned to be careful.  


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)