Lessons from Holy Qur'an

There is none law-maker for mankind but Allah

Lesson # 801 From the Noble Quran

There is none law-maker for mankind but Allah

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

Verse –146 of 165, Section – 18 of 20 (Part – 8)


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

And unto those who are Jews We forbade every animal with claws. And of the cows and the sheep forbade We unto them the fat thereof save that upon the backs or the entrails, or that which is mixed with the bone. That We awarded them for their rebellion. And lo! We verily are Truthful.         Wa  ‘al-laziina  haaduu harramNaa  kulla  zii-zufur.  Wa  minal-baqari  wal-ganami  haram-Naa  ‘alay-him  shuhuuma-humaaa  ‘illaa  maa  hamalat  zuhuuru-humaaa  ‘awil-hawaayaaa  ‘aw  makh-talata  bi-‘azm.  Zaalika  Jazay-Naahum-  bi-bagyihim;  wa  ‘inNaa  la-Saadiquun.

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Hawaayaaa – (the entrails), this word is plural of Hawiy-yah, which has been derived from Hawaaa. Hawaaa means “to surround, to envelope anything inside. Hawiy-yah is the thing, which is wrapped around with any other thing to hide in the wrapper. Here it aims “the entrails”, which cling with one another along-with the attachment of fat.


This description is under discussion since previous verses that the individual, who believes that someone else has power to fix the things forbidden or legal, is an idolater. It is the basic concept of Islam that neither any person is empower and nor any other should be taken as he can determine the laws and rules for him/her, or he can make law for any field of his/her life except Allah Almighty.


There is none Law-maker for humankind but Allah Almighty. The entire social, collective, economic and political laws are based on the Commands of Allah Almighty. That law, which has not been made on this foundation, will never be acceptable. In this connection, it is to admonish that neither can you determine anything lawful and nor prohibited.


Allah Almighty has prescribed the Rule that all the things are legal for human being except those which have been forbidden by Allah Almighty Himself. Those things were mentioned in the previous verse, which were forbidden for food or any other use. It has been described in this verse to explain about His (God’s) Power that He forbade the Jews from the use of some lawful things due to their disobedience and rebellion.


It is commanded: We forbade every that animal unto the Children of Israel, which does not have the fingers separately from one another; for instance the camel, and the fat of the cows, goats and the sheep, but that fat of these cattle was not forbidden, which was upon their backs, bones or with the entrails, for the reason that they were mischievous and used to disobey Allah Almighty.


Allah Almighty says: “Lo! We verily are Truthful”. This command of Allah Almighty is due to the purpose that the Jews used to say: These things were not forbidden for us only because of disobedience, but these have been coming forbidden with effect from the times of Prophets Noah and Abraham (peace be upon Them). This matter has been explained clearly in the beginning of Part – 4 (Lan  Tanaaluu) of Holy Quran.   


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)