Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Wrath may come as a night-raid while you sleep

Lesson # 897 from the Noble Quran

Wrath may come as a night-raid while you sleep

Surah ‘A’-RAAF (The Heights) – Chapter – 7)

 Stage – 2, Verses – 97 to 99 of 206, Section – 12 of 24 (Part – 9)

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

97.  Are the people of the townships then secure from the coming of Our wrath upon them as a night-raid while they sleep?


98.  Or are the people of the townships then secure from the coming of Our wrath upon them in the daytime while they play?


99.  Are they then secure from Allah’s scheme? None deemeth himself secure from Allah’s scheme save folk that perish.                                

97.  ‘Afa-‘a-mina  ‘ahlul-quraaa  ‘any-ya’-tiyahum  ba’-sunaa  ba-yaatanw-wa  hum  naaa-‘imuun. 


98.  ‘Awa-‘a-mina  ‘ahlul-quraaa   ‘any-ya’-tiyahum  ba’-sunaa  zuhanw-wa  hum  yal-‘abuun.


99.  ‘Afa-‘aminuu  makrAllaah.  Falaa  ya’-manu  makrAllaahi  ‘illal-qawmul-khaasiruun.    


Makarun – we have discussed about this word in Surah ‘Aali-‘Imraan. To devise a plan for breaking the stratagems of the opponents and preparing to seize the enemy unawares, is called Makarun (a Scheme).


It is commanded that those people, who disobey the commands of Allah Almighty, forget that while He knows everything thoroughly and He is Able to do everything, then there is no any cause to sit a side being fearless from His grip.


How can anyone be fearless from it that if any tribulations come at night suddenly when sleeping at night or the people are engaged in sports and games or worldly business during the daylight and then forthwith, any calamity seize them?


Those people who become fearless due to carelessness and negligence, they are in utter confusion. How can it so that command of such an Omnipotent and Aware of everything Master and God is disobeyed while everything is under His control. Surely He would have any such scheme to punish those people who commit against His orders.


Circumstances of all those nations have been reviewed in this Section, which were mentioned earlier. The Prophets (blessings on Them) were sent unto them, disasters were cast on them for paying their attention unto Allah Almighty so that they abstain from disobedience due to intimidation.


They were given blessings so that haply they come back unto the Straight Path, by means of those favors, be engaged in worship and thankful to Allah Almighty; considering Him their Lord and Merciful God. But neither they learnt any lesson from troubles and nor had any regard for the blessings.


When Prophets of God Almighty (blessings on Them) drew their attention to this side that it entire has been happening by the command of Allah Almighty, so your condition will become stable in ease and comfort, if you believed in Allah Almighty. You will be saved from deadly miseries.


After hearing the above words, they said: It is a rule of the world. Our ancestors suffered troubles sometimes and enjoyed sometimes their life in rest. Similarly we are going through these circumstances. Are we children that sometimes you frighten us and sometimes deceive and show us the green gardens for the purpose that we should believe in God?


At last, those ignorant people were drowned with their foolishness. The existing human beings should learn a lesson from this description and they must accept the advice of Prophets and Messengers (blessings on Them) wholeheartedly.  


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazaar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)

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