Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Better abode for those who ward off evil

Lesson # 944 from the Noble Quran

Better abode for those who ward off evil

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

 Stage – 2, Verses – 169b & 170 of 206, Section – 21 of 24 (Part  – 9)



In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

169b.  Hath not the Covenant of the Scripture been taken on their behalf that they should not speak aught concerning Allah save the truth? And they have studied that which is therein. And the abode of the Hereafter is better, for those who ward off (evil). Have ye then no sense?


170.  And as for those who adhere to the Scripture, and establish worship. Lo! We squander not the reward of reformers.      

169b.  ‘Alam  Yu’-khaz  ‘alay-him-Miisaaqul-Kitaabi  ‘allaa  yaquuluu  ‘alAllaahi  ‘illal-haqqa  wa  darasuu  maa  fiih.  Wad-Daarul-‘Aakhiratu  khayrul-lillaziina  yattaquun.  ‘Afa-laa  ta’-qiluun.


170.  Walla-ziina  yumassikuuna  bil-Kitaabi  wa  ‘aqaa-mus-Salaah.  ‘Innaa  laa  Nuzii-‘u  ‘ajral-Mus-lihiin.                                   


Miisaaqul-Kitaabi – (the Covenant of the Scripture, the Instructions mentioned in the Holy Book), the aim from Kitaabi is Holy Torah. Miisaaq – such Command, which is affirmed by the listener that he accepts it.


Darasuu – (they studied), it is a past tense which has been derived from dars. Dars means “to learn, to acquire, to study, to read”. The word tadriis has been derived from it also, which means to teach, to instruct, to discipline”. A word “Mudarras” is from its origin too; which means “the teacher, the school-master. Madrasah is also from dars, that is to say; a place of education i.e. School, College, Academy, Seminary etc.


It was described earlier that the true Words of Allah Almighty and His clear Commandments are entirely changed by the Children of Israel as and when they see any slightest worldly benefit. If any individual criticizes them, they put it aside fearlessly and say: We understand the Scripture of God. If any other desires to understand, he should approach us. We cannot commit any mistake. It is the consequence of this kind of thoughts that every individual considers: I have more knowledge than others. And he wants to assert his own point of view.


It is commanded that in Torah, they were instructed and they made a covenant that they will teach the people only those matters by the name of Allah Almighty, which really; He has taught and caused to understand them. They will never produce any self-invented before the people by saying: It is command of Allah Almighty.


These people have studied the Scripture and understood its commands. Now changing the Commands of Allah Almighty intentionally is just like breaking their covenant. Those people who fear God Almighty, they should bear in mind more about the Day of Resurrection. The Hereafter is better than this world. At last, have they been dull entirely of understanding? Allah Almighty says: We shall not squander the reward of those who adhere to the Scripture and establish worship regularly because they are righteous people.   


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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