Lessons from Holy Qur'an

The extreme failure

Quran Chapter 14  18 (Pt-13, Stg-3) (L-1625) – درس قرآن

The extreme failure

Surah ‘Ibraahiim (Abraham) – 14

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim.
(I seek refuge in God from Satan the outcast.)

(In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.)

 مَّثَلُ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ بِرَبِّهِمْ أَعْمَٰلُهُمْ كَرَمَادٍ ٱشْتَدَّتْ بِهِ ٱلرِّيحُ فِى يَوْمٍ عَاصِفٍ لَّا يَقْدِرُونَمِمَّا كَسَبُوا۟ عَلَىٰ شَىْءٍ ذَٰلِكَ هُوَ ٱلضَّلَٰلُ ٱلْبَعِيدُ 18

18.  A similitude of those who disbelieve in their Lord: Their works are as ashes which the wind bloweth hard upon a stormy day. They have no control of aught that they have earned. That is the extreme failure. 18.  Masalul-laziina  kafaruu  bi-Rabbihim  ‘a’-maaluhum  kara-maadi-nish-taddat  bihir-riihu  fii  yaw-min  ‘aasif.  Laa  yaqdi-ruuna  mimmaa  kasabuu  ‘alaa  shay’.  Zaalika  huwaz-zalaalul-ba-‘iid.    




‘Aasifin (hurricane, fast wind), this word is an adjective from ‘a-sa-fa. ‘Asafa means “blowing of the wind hard”. This word has passed in Surah Yuunus. The word ‘Aasif is actually an attribute of the wind. But here, it has been determined as an attribute of the day with regard to it that the wind blows hard in it.


Some people think: We help the helpless, solve complain of friendless, give charity and alms in abundance. We let not create any disturbance, settle mutual disputes of the people with justice, and we worship also according to our religion. Shall we be punished even then while we are peace-lovers and of good disposition?


It has been decided in this verse and caused well to understand that the people who do not believe in the last Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) and adore any other than Allah Almighty denying Him, their deeds will be useless on the Day of Resurrection and those (their good acts) will be ruined as atoms of ashes disappear when wind blows hard. They can live satisfactorily in the world due to their almsgiving, civility and good works, but without Belief, their any good work will not save them from the Hell. It is the greatest misfortune.


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).