Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Idolaters say: Such cattle and crops are forbidden

Lesson # 794 From the Noble Quran

Idolaters say: Such cattle and crops are forbidden

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

Verse –138 of 165, Section – 16 of 20 (Part – 8)


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

And they say: Such cattle and crops are forbidden; no one is to eat of them save whom we will-in their make-believe-cattle whose backs are forbidden, and cattle over which they mention not the name of Allah; (all that is) a lie against Him. He will repay them for that which they invent.      Wa  qaaluu  haa-zihiii  ‘an-‘aamunw-wa  harsun  hijr.  Laa  yat-‘amuhaaa  ‘illaa  man-nashaaa-‘u  biza’-mihim  wa  ‘an-‘aamun  hurrimat-  zuhuuruhaa  wa  ‘an-‘aamul-laa  yaz-kuruunas—mAllaahi  ‘alay-haf-tiraa-‘an  ‘alayH.  Sa-yajziihim  bimaa  kaanuu  yaf-taruun.        



Hijrun – (forbidden), it is a noun, which has been derived from hajar. Hajar means “to prohibit, forbidding, to prevent”. The aim from hijr is the thing, use of which is forbidden. Its actual meaning is “hindrance, stoppage”.


Some more absurd works of the idolaters have been described in this verse, to which they had made part of their religion due to misleading by Satan. Some things, for instance; they used to dedicate any cattle or crop in the name of idols and commonly those were not permitted to be eaten. Some things were forbidden from eating either by the women or only married women might eat, but any virgin or widow should not eat, OR either only male people were allowed eating, or only adult (young) men were permitted to eat but the children and old men were not allowed Or opposite to it or the clergymen of the idols etc.


These were only their imaginary matters that they used to do, what they thought. Like this, they used to leave some cattle in the name of their idols that no one should ride upon them. Mentioning the name of Allah at the time of milking or slaughtering some cattle was forbidden, due to the fear that lest Allah’s portion might not be included in it along-with the idols.


After all, the astonishing thing was that they used to tell that these instructions were from God – as He had commanded them to do so, and His willingness could be obtained by doing so. These matters have been explained in this verse and commanded that “He (Allah Almighty) will repay them for that which they invent”.


It is commanded that these people say: These cattle, these crops are of the name of idols. Only they can eat these things, to whom we permit. Every person cannot eat them. These entire are their self-invented. They set some cattle free upon the name of idols that nobody should sit on their backs and nor load any kind of weight upon them. And they do not mention the name of Allah upon some cattle and say: Allah has ordered all this to do so, which is entirely a lie. They find out something, which does not belong to Allah Almighty. He will punish them due to their telling a lie.  


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) .