Lessons from Holy Qur'an

God can seize while in dread

Quran Chapter 16  46 & 47 (Pt-14, Stg-3) (L-1720) درس قرآن

God can seize while in dread

Suratun-Nahl – (The Bee) – 16

‘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)

أَوْ يَأْخُذَهُمْ فِى تَقَلُّبِهِمْ فَمَا هُم بِمُعْجِزِينَ 46

  أَوْ يَأْخُذَهُمْ عَلَىٰ تَخَوُّفٍ فَإِنَّ رَبَّكُمْ لَرَءُوفٌ رَّحِيمٌ 47


46.  Or that He will not seize them in their going to and fro so that there be no escape for them?


47.  Or that He will not seize them while in dread? Lo! Thy Lord is indeed Full of Pity, Merciful.

46.  ‘Aw  ya’-khuzahum  fill  ta-qallubihim  famaa  hum-bi-mu’-jiziin.


47.  ‘Aw  ya’-khuzahum  ‘alaa  takhaw-wuf.  Fa-‘inna  Rabbakum  la-Ra-‘uufur-Rahiim.




Ta-qallubun – (going to and fro), this word has been derived from qa-la-ba. Qalab means “to change”. Taqallubun – “to change place, to go, to move”.


Takhaw-wufun – (to fear), it has come out from the word khawfun, which also means the same, but in process of time.


It has been mentioned in these verses that when you have been engaged in your business carelessly and going to and fro thoughtlessly, in such condition it is possible that unknowingly, the doom of God Almighty come and seize you, because you have no power to control Him and restrict Him with force from sending doom on you. Or it can be that He finish you gradually by frightening and causing you to sob, and you may do nothing that “our condition has been deteriorating day by day but we are unable to take precautions”. It has been observed in some noxious diseases. Or some times the income begins to decrease, but the man cannot do something and the income reaches zero point by degrees. The mankind lives in such condition that the life becomes worse than death.


Remember it that Allah Almighty can do all this and your manners also deserve it that you should be destroyed all of a sudden or leisurely. But Allah Almighty is Full of Pity and Merciful on His slaves. His Kindness and Mercy hinder the doom.


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).