Lessons from Holy Qur'an

The Original Friends

Lesson # 634 From Holy Qur’aan

The Original Friends

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

Verses – 54, 55 & 56 of 120, Section – 8 of 16 (Part 3/4th of – 6)


In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


54.  O ye who believe! Whoso of you becometh a renegade from his religion, then (in their place) Allaah will bring a people whom He loveth and who love Him, humble toward believers, stern toward disbelievers, striving in the Way of Allaah, and fearing not the blame of any blamer. Such is the Grace of Allaah which He giveth unto whom He will. And Allaah is All-Embracing, All-Knowing.


55.  Your guardian can be only Allaah; and His Messenger and those who believe, who establish worship and pay the poor-due, and bow down (in prayer).


56.  And whoso taketh Allaah and His Messenger and those who believe for guardian (will know that), then lo! the party of Allaah, are they that shall be victorious.  

54.  Yaaa-  ‘ayyu-hallaziina  ‘aamanuu  many-yar-tadda  minkum  ‘an-  Diinihii  fa-sawfa  ya’-TIllaahu-  bi-qawminy-Yu-hibbuhum  wa  yuhib-buunaHuuu,  ‘azillatin  ‘alal-  Mu’-miniina  ‘a-‘izzatin  ‘alal-  Kaafiriina,  yujaa-hiduuna  fii  SabiiLIllaahi  wa  laa  yakhaa-fuuna  law-mata  laaa-‘im.  Zaalika  FazlUllaahi  Yu’-tiihi  many-yashaaa’.  WAllaahu  Waasi-‘un  ‘Aliim.


55.  ‘Innamaa  Waliyyu-kumUllaahu  wa  Rasuu-luHuu  wallaziina  ‘aamanullaziina    yuqii-muunas-Salaata  wa  yu’-tuu-naz-Zakaata  wa hum  raaki-‘uun.


56.  Wa  many-yata  wAllaaha  wa  Rasuu-laHuu  wallaziina  ‘aamanuu  fa-‘inna  Hiz-bAllaahi  humul-gaali-buun.



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‘Irti-daad – (rejecting), this word is from Radd, which means “rejection, to return, vomit”. Murtad means renegade, an apostate from a religious faith, deserter. Such a person, who rejects or turns away from Islam after embracing, is called Murtad. It has been derived from the word “’Irtadaad”. ‘Azillatin – (humble, to bring low, to make submissive), it is plural of zaliil, which has been made from zillat. Zillat means “softness, delicacy, tenderness, slackness, looseness, clumsiness. ‘A-‘izzatin – (stern, austere, harsh, cruel), it is plural of ‘Aziiz, which is from ‘izzat. ‘Izzat means “extremely plainness, severe-ness, and harshness”. Law-mata (blame, to find fault with, to censure, imputation of a crime), Laaa-‘im has also been derived from it, which means “the blamer”. 


It was told earlier that the persons, who associate with other than the believers, there is a danger for them that these disbelievers will incline them towards themselves by showing their outward kindness, pomp and show, and they may be renegade from Islam, feeling it apparently in a weak condition. Today it has been described very clearly, “Islam is not your indigent to remain in the world, but actually, you are needy of Islam for living a good life. If anyone of you becomes a renegade from his religion, he cannot spoil anything of Islam. Allaah Almighty gives validity to Islam that it would have to remain in the world and He will keep it up. However if you will be renegade, then (in your place) Allaah Almighty will bring a people whom He loves and who love Him, humble toward believers, stern toward disbelievers (who are enemies of the humanity), striving in His Way, and fearing not the blame of any blamer.


Raaki-‘uun – {the persons who bow down (in prayer)}, It is plural of Raaki’ and its origin is Rakuu’, which means to bow down, to request humbly. Hiz-bAllaahi – (the party of Allaah), the company, the division, the community or the class of those people, who are obedient servants of Allaah Almighty.


Allaah Almighty appoints the people for safety and support of His religion (Islam), to whom He will. They should be thankful to

Allaah Almighty, who say themselves “Muslim”, that He has selected them as the supporters of Islam. If they will be renegade from Islam, then it would be meant that they do not have manners to hold up Islam, and they are not able to be sanctioned as supporters and protectors of Islam. So Allaah Almighty will bring some other people for the greatness and magnificence of Islam.


It is the Grace of Allaah Almighty which He gives unto whom He will and gets the work of eminence of Islam from whom He will. His mercy and kindness is unlimited, and He is All-Knowing about the capabilities of everyone. Remember! Your real friend, and supporter can be only Allaah Almighty; His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) and those who believe, who establish worship and pay the poor-due, and bow down in prayer. These are the people, who are helpers and assistants of Allaah Almighty. These are “the party of Allaah Almighty. Bear in mind! This party of Allaah Almighty and His helpers shall be victorious.


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)