Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Masjid is a place of prostration before God

Lesson # 1049 from Holy Qur’aan

Masjid is a place of prostration before God

Surah ‘TAWBAH or BARAAA-‘AH (REPENTANCE) – Chapter – 9)

Stage – 2, Verse – 17 of 129, Section – 3 of 16 (Part – 10)


In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful

17.  It is not for the idolaters to tend Allah’s sanctuaries, bearing witness against themselves of disbelief. As for such, their works are vain and in the Fire they will abide for ever. 17.  Maa  kaana  lil-Mush-rikiina  ‘any-ya’-muruu  masaaji-dAllaahi  shaahi-diina  ‘alaaa  ‘an-fu-sihim-  bil-kufr.  ‘Ulaaa-‘ika  habitat-  ‘a’-maaluhum.  Wa  fin-Naari  hum  khaali-duun.


‘Any-ya’-muruu – (they settle), the origin of this word is ‘imaaratun and ‘umuraanun, which means “to make a place habitable and populous”. It also aims “to build a house”. Both meanings can be used for the word ta’-miir, which has been derived from the same word.


Habitat – (are wasted), this word has been derived from habata, which means “in vain, to be damaged, to be of no avail”.


It has been described in this verse that the idolaters of Makkah, who had possessed the Square Building and the Inviolable Place of Worship around it, they were not able to look after and protect Masjidil-Haraam. They have become Its guards for the object that they wanted their awe and influence in the Arab because the people of Arab used to respect the Square Building and the Inviolable Place of Worship at Makkah. It was the reason that they used to deal the guardians of this place with great respect.


It is commanded that the idolaters do not have any right to be guardians and protectors of the places of worship. Masjidil-Haraam has been constructed in Makkah on the name of Allah Almighty. But they have made it an idol-temple (erected many idols everywhere in the Inviolable Place of Worship), officiate here as priests and live upon the offerings made to the idols, whereas, the Mosques (Masaajid) are built only for the worship of Allah Almighty, one God. Those people who establish the tradition of the worship of idols in the places of God’s worship, they have been saying the people openly: We disbelieve in one God. Their deeds have been giving evidence of their infidelity.


Masjid should be used only for the pure worship of Allah Almighty and everyone should bow and prostrate before Him into It. It is totally unbecoming act that a place has been specified for the worship of God Almighty, and after some period the idolaters get possession of such place. They will gain no fruit whether they serve as much as they may, look after and be guardians of Masaajid (Mosques), because when actual demand is not fulfilled from the Masjid; then it is not useful to look after such kind of Masjid. It is the reason that their entire services are useless. They will burn continuously in the Fire of Hell for ever due to their infidelity.


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)