Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Withholding hands from spending for God’s Cause

Lesson # 1105 from Holy Qur-’aan

Withholding hands from spending for God’s Cause

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

Stage – 2, Verse – 67 of 129, Section – 9 of 16 (Part – 10)


In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful


67.  The hypocrites, both men and women, proceed one from another. They enjoin the wrong, and they forbid the right, and they withhold their hands (from spending for the Cause of Allah). They have forgotten Allah, so He hath forgotten them. Lo! the hypocrites, they are the transgressors. 67.  ‘Al-Munaafi-quuna  wal-Munaafi-qaatu  ba’-zuhum-mim-ba’-z.  Ya’-muruuna  bil-munkari  wa  yan-hawna  ‘anil-ma’-ruufi  wa  yaqbi-zuuna  ‘aydi-yahum.  NasUllaaha  fanasi-yahum.  ‘Innal-  Munaa-fiqiina  humul-faasiquun.




The mention of the Hypocrites has been going from far. This group appeared after arriving at Madinah. Before it, in Makkah, there were only two groups – openly Muslims or freely Infidels. Some people of Madinah considered in it suitableness to immediate gain that apparently they must show that “they are Muslims, but when look for an opportunity; they should try to molest them (the Muslims).


Accordingly, they used to remain as sidebar punching “A wolf in the garb of a lamb”. In the Battle of ‘Uhud, they vexed severely, but could not hurt the Muslims. Moreover, they did hurt themselves. God Almighty informed His Messenger (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) and his Companions (May Allah be pleased with them) about their wickedness at every occasion. But due to His (SallAllaahu alayHi wa AaliHii Wasallam) forbearance and politeness, they became more bold, even that when, it was commanded that they should be prepared for the Battle of Tabuuk, then; their depravity was disclosed completely, after that, they could not rebel again.


Their common signs have been described in this verse. It is commanded that behavior of the Hypocrites is the same, whether they are men or women. Apparently they are friends, but secretly they seek any opportunity of deceiving. It is the principle of all of them that they enjoin for those deeds, which have been determined by the people as evil. And which deeds have been accepted as good works, they forbid from them. They are extremely stingy. Fund collecting is their routine. They turn up their nose and knit the eyebrows from spending for the Cause of God Almighty. They believe never in Allah Almighty wholeheartedly. Therefore, He is also inattentive from them. Real religious-less and disobedient are these people, because they accept the law of the religion with their tongue, but go against the law in time.


It shows that only that person can be saved from sins who believe that God (Allah Almighty) is Omnipresent and who fears from His Seizure; otherwise if someone does not believe in Allah Almighty, then there is no power; which may make him/her right, true, just and honest.


Transliterated Holy Qur’aan 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)