Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Use of power to help the weak, not to press them

Lesson # 910 from the Noble Quran

Use of power to help the weak, not to press them

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

 Stage – 2, Verse – 129 of 206, Section – 15 of 24 (Part – 9)

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


It is the most objectionable bestial nature of a mankind that he desires to keep other people pressed (under his control). If accidentally, someone succeeds to obtain such means, then it is not known, what he begins to consider himself. Not only this that he considers slight to every other individual but he wishes to keep the people as his obedient and slaves according to his will by abasing them.


The Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon Them) are sent by Allah Almighty to admonish and cause to understand him, Who desires to cause to know the secrets of ups and downs of the world. They say that Allah Almighty has created the people different in strength and weakness. He has not provided all facilities to everyone. He desires to examine the people in every condition, for instance; how a powerful individual uses his power and how he behaves with the feeble?


Respectable people do not obey the Messengers (peace be upon Them) and they are ruined. But after them, the same kind of proud people are born and then they begin to do the same again. The biggest victim of human tyranny and injustice are probably the Children of Israel. Pharaoh used to torture them of various sorts with the power of his wealth and supporters. It was his boasting that “none is more powerful than me who may resist”. It was his thinking: Nobody can look at me with anger, whether I do – whatever I wish. Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) came to defeat this rebellious and at last, He (peace be upon Him) defeated him.


Allah Almighty has revealed this story in the Holy Qur’an for causing to understand the people of every times, from which, the powerful people should know that their power will not be useful always. Surely, a day will come when their arrogance will be broken. And the inferior people should keep satisfaction that if they were patient and continued begging from Allah Almighty; certainly, they would get deliverance from the claws of the tyrants. And such power will be given to them after snatching from the powerful people, so that they might be examined also, that how they use their power and strength? And whether they learn from dreadful end of earlier people to them or otherwise?


This Surah was revealed in Makkah. Condition of that place was the same as explained above. The Infidels of Makkah had been tyrannizing the Believers of last Messenger of Allah Almighty, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) and the People of Islam had been becoming victims of big torments. The impressive Words of Holy Qur’an touched their hearts and now they had full faith that a time will come when their tyrants will be destroyed and their entire airs will be finished. And Allah Almighty will allow us with His favor and Blessing to prevail over them and He will degrade them.


Saying of Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) to the Children of Israel: Be patient. Allah Almighty will destroy your enemies very soon and you have to sit in their place. Then He will observe that what kind of people are you proven in your turn? It was a message of pleasure for the Muslims of Makkah and as though, it was preparing them in advance that Allah Almighty is going to test them by giving them victory on the Infidels very soon. Therefore, they determined in their hearts that they will use their force and power to help the weak and poor in every matter, not to press them. History witnesses that the People of Islam have shown their determination duly fulfilled. The weak and the feeble became strong and powerful because of them. The tyrants suffered a defeat everywhere before them. But alas! Among them too, such people began to be born, who used force against others, forgetting the Command of Allah Almighty and were punished.


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)