Lessons from Holy Qur'an

“It is not your duty to show the strange portents”

Lesson # 769 From the Noble Quran

“It is not your duty to show the strange portents”

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

Verse –111 of 165, Section – 14 of 20 (Part – 8)


In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

And though We should send down the angels unto them, and the dead should speak unto them, and We should gather against them all things in array, they would not believe unless Allah so willed; but most of them are ignorant.   WA  LAW  ‘ANNANAA  nazzalNaaa  ‘ilay-himul-malaaa-‘ikata  wa  kallamahumul-mawtaa  wa  hasher-Naa  ‘alayhim  kulla  shay-‘in  qubulam-maa  kaanuu  li-yu’-minuuu  ‘illaaa  ‘any-yashaaa-‘Allaaha  wa  laakinnaa  ‘aksarahum  yaj-haluun.  

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Summary of that topic has been described in this verse, which was discussed in the previous verses. The idolaters did never desire to believe. They wished only that somehow they would have to perplex the Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) and get rid of easily by putting the entire blame on Him.


It was the reason that they used to demand such Portents, which were, near to them, difficult. This matter has been caused to understand the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) in different ways: It is not your duty to show them the strange Portents.  


The religion, which Noble Quran presents, is not any self-made of force religion. It is the Way, Guidance of which can be understood by the sense of human being with a little attention that certainly it is the correct Way for the goodness of the humankind. Until the knowledge of human beings was not available for their guidance, they were invited towards the correct religion by showing them the miracles. Moreover, now, while the knowledge and the science of the human beings has developed sufficiently, and there is a hope of more improvement in it in future, the sense and wisdom of the mankind can distinguish thoroughly among the good and the bad in its light, so, the people are commanded: You should think deeply according to the Guidance of Holy Quran. It will direct you towards sufficient Tokens, spread all around the world, to know the Truth. Now, there is no need of uncommon miracles for understanding the correct Religion.


It is commanded: If We sent down the angels unto them, or the dead spoke unto them, or We gathered against them all ancient and forthcoming nations and things in array, even then it would not be helpful for them to understand a little about the religion. It would be taken as Allah Almighty desires to make them believers by force, whereas it is not the practice of Allah Almighty that the people should believe under compulsion. He wills that the people should embrace Islam after thinking out and understanding it very well. The Holy Quran wants to make them to understand about Islam through Proofs and arguments. There is no need of violence for this purpose. And asking for such strange Portents is useless, which are not helpful for thinking. Demanding such Tokens is only for putting off.  


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)