Lessons from Holy Qur'an

God save and protect us from disasters and misfortune

Lesson # 937 from the Noble Quran

God save and protect us from disasters and misfortune

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

 Stage – 2, Verse – 162 of 206, Section – 20 of 24 (Part – 9)



In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

But those of them who did wrong, changed the word which had been told them for another saying, so We sent down upon them wrath from heaven for their wrongdoing.  Fabadda-lallaziina  zalamuu  minhum  qawlan  gay-rallazii  qiila  lahum  fa-‘arsalNaa  ‘alayhim  rijzam-minas-samaaa-‘i  bimaa  kaanuu  yazli-muun.    


It is not known that what kind of adventure has fallen on the human being that he is provoked from that individual who advises him correctly, runs away from his well-wishers by charging them with different kinds of blames. And he commits against that whatever they say, and its only reason is not any other than one’s airs and stubbornness. After studying the circumstances of the Children of Israel, it has been clear.


These people were residents of Syria, where their forefather named Jacob (peace be upon Him), whose surname was Israel and who was grandson of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him), used to dwell. He (peace be upon Him) had twelve sons. One of them whose name was Joseph (peace be upon Him); reached Egypt by a strange way (full detail about Him will be discussed in Surah Joseph – Part 12 & 13). Gradually, He (peace be upon Him) became king of Egypt. He (peace be upon Him) called to bring His Father, Jacob (peace be upon Him), mother and all brothers, when famine occurred in Syria and arranged for them to live in Egypt.


After the death of Prophet Joseph (peace be upon Him), the empire of Egypt was lost from the control of the Children of Israel and actual natives of Egypt came in power. They began to tyrannize the Children of Israel very severely and made the entire nation their slaves.


At last, Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) came and brought the Children of Israel back to Syria again from Egypt. He (peace be upon Him) said to them: This country is your ancestral native land. Take its possession and dwell here comfortably. They said: That Township has been seized by very strong and tall people. We are unable to fight against them, drive them out and take possession of that place.


They were punished due to this disobedience and had to go through fruitless toil in the forests and wilderness for forty years and missed the right path in Tiyyah Valley. Those favors are being reminded here which were bestowed to them during their nomadic life. At last, when the period of wandering was over, at that time, Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) had departed and the Arihaa town was conquered by them under the command of Prophet Yusha’ (peace be upon Him).


The manners and methods mentioned in the previous verse, were for entering and living in the same town which were taught to them. But they were absolutely against the instructions and spoiled their work due to haughtiness. Instead of adopting humility and modesty, they made the arrogance and insolence their habit and began to prate absurdities.


At last, they were punished and severe plague spread into them. It is written that seventy thousand people died within only half a day. Allah Almighty save us from His disobedience, protect us from every disaster and misfortune. Amen.


In fact we have much to learn from the story of the Children of Israel. Holy Qur’an has warned us by describing frequently their story that we should not approach too close to those matters in which the Jews were trapped, destroyed and doomed.  


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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