Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Allah Almighty is Provider of the means of subsistence

Lesson # 806 From the Noble Quran

Allah Almighty is Provider of the means of subsistence

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

Verse –151a of 165, Section – 19 of 20 (Part – 8)


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Say: Come, I will recite unto you that which your Lord hath forbidden to you; that ye ascribe nothing as partner unto Him and that ye do good to parents, and that ye slay not your children because of penury. We provide for you and for them. Qul  ta-‘aa-law  ‘atlu  maa  harrama  Rabbukum  ‘alay-kum  ‘allaa  tush-rikuu  biHii  shay-‘anw-wa  bil-waali-dayni  ‘ihsaanaa. Wa  laa  taq-tuluuu  ‘awlaada-kum-min  ‘imlaaq. Nahnu  Narzuqu-kum  wa  ‘iyyaa-hum.

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Ta-‘aa-law – (Come, you should come), its origin is ta-‘aa-la, which has been derived from ta-‘aal and made from ‘uluw-wun. ‘Ulu means exaltation. Ta-‘aalaa means “to be exalted, to be at higher position. If any person is at a higher place; for example, at upper storey of a house or on any platform, and he calls someone from the lower place, then as per Arabic language, he will say ta-‘aa-la which means “Come up”. After that, use of the word Ta-‘aa-la “come” was begun for calling someone closer or to draw his attention. Here it aims “Be attentive, Attend to me”. We can say it also as “Listen to me or Come, I am going to relate you the commands”.


Harrama – (forbade), it is in past tense, origin of which is Tahriim, which has been derived from haraam, one meaning of haraam is “forbidden”. Another meaning of this word is “the final and prescribed order” too. Here the word Tahriim has been used for the same meaning, that is to say; to prescribe, definite command.


‘Imlaaq – this word has been derived from malq, which means light, delicacy. ’Imlaaq means “to finish the money by spending, to be steeped in poverty”.


It is the duty of humankind that he should obey the Orders of Allah Almighty. He should not impose any restriction himself upon himself. If he will do so, he will be called tyrant and cruel.


In the previous Section, manifested Orders of Allah Almighty about food were described. In this Section, clear and final guidance has been given about the morality and affairs. Thoughts of human are based uncertainty and doubt, but the Commands of Allah Almighty are certain and decisive, in which there is no space of any doubts.


It is commanded: Come, I will recite you the works, which Allah Almighty has determined for you for doing. It is your duty that you should adhere to His Orders, and should not make rules yourself according to your will. Making law is not your job. It is the work of only Allah Almighty. You should not ascribe any partner with Allah Himself and His Attributes. You should do good with your parents. You should never kill your children due to the reason that by bringing them up, your wealth will finish and the penury will spread over. As Allah Almighty provides you the means of subsistence, in the same manner, He will provide them food also.


Many traditions were in force against the humanity in Arabian territory. Idols were worshipped, and those people used to consider the idols a source to reach Allah. They used to kill their children considering that while they did not have food for themselves, then how they would provide them?   


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)