Lessons from Holy Qur'an

The serpent began to hiss and spring unto the people

Lesson # 901 from the Noble Quran

The serpent began to hiss and spring unto the people

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

 Stage – 2, Verses – 106 to 108 of 206, Section – 13 of 24 (Part – 9)

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

106.  (Pharaoh) said: If thou comest with a token, then produce it, if thou art of those who speak the truth.


107.  Then he flung down his staff and lo! it was a serpent manifest;


108.  And he drew forth his hand (from his bosom), and lo! it was white for the beholders.    

106.  Qaala  ‘in-  kunta  ji’-ta  bi- ‘Aayatin  fa’-ti  bihaaa-  ‘in  kunta  minas-saadiqiin.


107.  Fa-‘alqaa  ‘Asaahu  fa-‘izaa  hiya  su’-baanum-mubiin.


108.  Wa  naza-‘a  yadahuu  fa-‘izaa  hiya  bay-zaaa-‘u  lin-naa-ziriin.              


Pharaoh used to trust in his power very much. To remove his mania, Prophet Moses was given such miracles, due to which, Glory, Dignity and Greatness of Omnipotent and Subduer God is reflected. Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) said in His first Message: O Pharaoh! I have such Tokens, beholding which, you would have to accept yourself helpless and incapable before Most Potent and Superior, Allah.


Pharaoh had apparent powers. Entire wealth of his country was under his possession. The people used to worship and obey him without thinking. Production was in abundance in the country. There were rivers and canals for irrigation. Observing all these things under his control, Pharaoh was unable to understand: Can any other be more powerful than me?


Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) said to him: Allah Almighty is more Powerful than you, Who is Lord of the entire Worlds. Pharaoh said: OK! Have you any token of your God? If you have, produce it also before us. We want to see, which token you have?


It is commanded that Pharaoh said after hearing talks of Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him): If you have really any such token, show us, so that we may know about your truth or a lie. Allah Almighty had told this way already to Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him), He flung down the Staff of His hand without any hesitation. As soon as the staff fell down, it became a big serpent at once and began to hiss and spring towards the people.


It is written that the serpent sprang unto the Pharaoh before the eyes, and on the other side, Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) put his hand beneath his bosom and drew forth. It began to shine like a sun. Even that the eyes of Pharaoh and other people were in the state of being dazzled and their eyes remained fixedly open. Thither, the serpent has been coming duly springing and hissing. And hither shining of the hand of Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) is going to close their eyes.


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)