Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Precious treasure of Instructions

Lesson # 990 from Noble Quran

Precious treasure of Instructions

Surah ‘ANFAAL (SPOILS OF WAR) – Chapter – 8)

 Stage – 2, Verses – 20 & 21 of 75, Section – 3 of 10 (Part – 9)


In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

20.  O ye who believe! Obey Allah and His Messenger, and turn not away from Him when ye hear (Him speak).


21.  And be not as those who say, we hear, and they hear not.     

20.  Yaaa-‘ayyu-hallaziina ‘aamanuuu  ‘atii-‘Ullaaha  wa  RasuulaHuu  wa  laa  ta-wallaw  ‘anhu  wa  ‘antum  tasma-‘uun.


21.  Wa  laa  takuunuu  kal-laziina  qaaluu  sami’-naa  wa  hum  laa  yasma-‘uun.   


In the previous verse, it was described very clearly to the disbelievers: Some punishment against your sedition has been caused to taste you in the world. Then if you abstained from your wickedness, then you will dwell in the world with ease for some period. But if you did not refrain from evil deeds, then the same punishment is ready for you again. And at the end, the judgment was given that God Almighty is with the Believers. Now in this verse, the Believers have been commanded that; what their behavior should be, so that they may be deserving of this favor of Allah Almighty and He is their Protecting Friend and Supporter.


It is commanded: Behold O Believers! You should obey Allah Almighty and His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him). Revelations of God Almighty are recited before you day and night, and you hear them. You should not do so – that you turn away after hearing them. There are many things in the world which want to make you careless from Allah Almighty and draw your attention towards themselves. Being taken in their deception, you should not turn your faces from these Revelations, because you cannot get guidance from anywhere save them. Be attentive! Many such nations have passed before you, even some such people exist among you at this time who say verbally after hearing the Verses of Holy Qur’an and Sayings (Ahaadith) of the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him); that they heard. But in fact their hearts are ready every time to go opposite. You should never be like them. They hear but are deaf. They have made up their mind that they will never follow the guidance and the prescribed path of Islam. And indeed they will hear the verses of holy Qur’an and Sayings (Ahaadith) of the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) but commit against Them. These people accept verbally that they hear but do not listen to with attention. Therefore; their hearing and not hearing is equal. You should not be as such.


This Section is full of precious advice and guidance with effect from the beginning to the end. If the Muslims obey and act upon These Commands wholeheartedly which have been described in this Section, they can never be disgraced and low in the world and nor can be involved in the torment of the Hereafter. This is such costly treasure; possessors of which can neither be ever necessitous of any other and nor shoe-bearers.


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Pak 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)