Lessons from Holy Qur'an

The Instance of Abraham (peace be upon Him)

Lesson # 738 From the Noble Quran

The Instance of Abraham (peace be upon Him)

Surah ‘Al-‘An-‘aam (Cattle) – Chapter – 6)–Stage – 2

Verses –74 & 75 of 165, Section – 9 of 20 (Part ¾ of – 7)


In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

74.  (Remember) when Abraham said unto His father Azar: Takest thou idols for gods? Lo! I see thee and thy folk in error manifest.


75.  Thus did We show Abraham the kingdom of the heavens and the earth that He might be of those possessing certainty.                    

74.  Wa  ‘iz  qaala  ‘Ibraa-hiimu  li-‘abiihi  ‘Aazara  ‘atatta-khizu  ‘asnaa-man  ‘aalihah.  ‘Inniii  ‘araaka  wa  qawmaka  fii  zalaalim-mubiin.


75.  Wa  kazaalika  Nuriii  ‘Ibraa-hiima  Malakuu-tas-samaawaati  wal-‘arzi  wa  li-yakuuna  minal-Muu-qi-niin.                 



‘Aazar – it is the name of Prophet Abraham’s (peace be upon Him) father, who was an idolater and his entire nation was also idolaters.

‘asnaam – (idols), it is plural of sanam, which means an idol. Sanam is called to a fixed bodily form of any imaginary thing. The idols are also called ‘asnaam (sanam), because those are statues of imaginary gods.  

‘aalihah – it is plural of Allah, literal meaning of ‘ilaah. A thing, which touches the heart deeply, aims “the worshipped”.

Malakuut – the system of whole world is called Malak. Little arrangements to this chief are called Malakuut. Everything in the world has its own governing system and then, this system is subordinate to a big collective governor. The first system is Malakuut, while the other is Malak.  


It was commanded in the previous verses that you should ask from the infidels: Who guided you to worship the idols deserting from Allah Almighty? The person, who has a very little wisdom, will think certainly that neither the idols can profit anyone and nor hurt.   


A narration about Prophet Abraham is being described in this verse that He (peace be upon Him) recognized Allah Almighty by observing the Tokens in the Universe and contrary to Them, found the idols quite useless and worthless. He (peace be upon Him) caused to understand the same to His father also.


It is commanded: See! In what manner, Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) said to His father the word of wisdom that: Do you worship these self-made and invented statues and idols, which are made of mud and stone etc. and determine them your gods and worshipped? I know that you and your folk are entangled in an open error manifest. What stupidity would be more than it that you make a statue with your own hands and then begin to worship it?   


Next to above discussion, Allah Almighty says: When Our Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him) gave up the idols, then did We begin to show Him the secrets and the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and told Him that every that thing, which will be seen by You, has its own system and arrangement, and then these all systems have been running under the control of a Splendid System, which has been established by a Sole-Controller – Allah Almighty.  


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’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)