Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Allah rescued those who forbade wrong

Lesson # 940 from the Noble Quran

Allah rescued those who forbade wrong

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

 Stage – 2, Verses – 165 & 166 of 206, Section – 21 of 24 (Part  – 9)



In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

165.  Then when they forgot that whereof they had been reminded, We rescued those who forbade wrong, and visited those who did wrong with dreadful punishment because they were evil-livers.


166.  So when they took pride in that which they had been forbidden, We said unto them: Be ye apes despised and loathed!  

165.  Falammaa  nasuu  maa  zukkiruu  bihiii  ‘anjay-Nalla-ziina  yan-hawna  ‘anis-suuu-‘i  wa  ‘akhaz-Nallaziina  zalamuu  bi-‘azaabim-  ba-‘iisim- bimaa  kaanuu  yafsuquun.


166.  Falammaa  ‘ataw  ‘am-maa  nuhuu  ‘anhu  qulNaa  lahum  kuunuu  qiradatan  khaasi-‘iin.        


Ba-‘iisin – (dreadful, grievous, hard to bear), this word has been derived from baa-‘as. Baa-‘as means awe, harshness, severity, difficulty.


Khaasi-‘iin – (despised and loathed) this word is plural of khaasi-‘un, which has been made from khasun. Khasun means “avaunt, begone, curse”. Khaasi-‘un is that individual or animal which is driven out, reproved wherever it goes.


It was described in the previous verse that the wise individuals of ‘Iilah preached the people of ‘Iilah that the fish should not be caught on the day of Sabbath in any way. It is disobedience of Allah Almighty. But there was no actual value of the Command of Allah Almighty in their hearts.


They perceived it as: Our intention will be concealed due to our tricks, whereas Allah Almighty knows the condition of the hearts and He is Aware of the intention of everyone. No trick or plan can deceive Him. He loosened them that haply they may abstain from their unbecoming act after thinking but they ignored the advice. At last; what happened with them; has been mentioned here.


It is commanded that when they did not listen to those who preached them, even that some of preachers became silent being frustrated from their guidance, We rescued all of those who forbade them from wicked deeds. But We afflicted those disobedient people in severe wrath as punishment for their disobedience.


But when, even then they did not abstain from wrongdoing and their disobedience increased day by day; then We commanded: Be ye apes and taste the flavor of scorn, contempt and baseness. This incident has been mentioned in Surah Baqarah also and was explained clearly.


The Children of Israel knew and understood it properly. Accordingly, the mention of that incident exists in their Holy Books even till today. The human being should learn from this story that he should go on that Path without any kind of trick or deception; with pure intention, which Allah Almighty has fixed for him.  


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)