Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Exemplifying by the idolaters of Arab

Quran Chapter 16  76 (Pt-14, Stg-3) (L-1743) درس قرآن

Exemplifying by the idolaters of Arab

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)

وَضَرَبَ ٱللَّهُ مَثَلًا رَّجُلَيْنِ أَحَدُهُمَآ أَبْكَمُ لَا يَقْدِرُ عَلَىٰ شَىْءٍ وَهُوَ كَلٌّ عَلَىٰ مَوْلَىٰهُ أَيْنَمَا يُوَجِّههُّ لَا يَأْتِ بِخَيْرٍ هَلْيَسْتَوِى هُوَ وَمَن يَأْمُرُ بِٱلْعَدْلِ وَهُوَ عَلَىٰ صِرَٰطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ 76


Only those people can be idolaters who did not know Allah Almighty correctly. They thought about Him that “He is mere the Greatest King as the great kings of the world are. They command the people; but by means of their ministers, chieftains and chosen courtiers. Only such people can have access in their courts for whom any of the chosen servants recommend.


The idolaters of Arab used to exemplify that “Allah Almighty is just like the kings of the world” and they used to say: We worship idols for the purpose that they should cause to reach us in the Court of Allah Almighty by their recommendation, so that we may be closed to Him.


Then it was commanded: Any similitude of one another may be found in the creatures, and that similitude can manifest its reality. But the difference between the Creator and the creature is as much as the difference between the earth and the sky. Circumstances of One cannot be affixed on others.


You should observe among the human beings that one person who is poor, wretched and slave of someone else, whereas the other is rich, man of means and independent. They both can neither be equal and nor an excused person can be equal of any strong and healthy person. You have to understand two matters from it:


  • While grades of the creatures are not equal. There is much mutual difference with regard to power of authority and other circumstances, then how can someone be equal and partner of Allah Almighty, Who is Owner of the entire Sovereignty and Who is the Most Powerful, and attributes of none other can be equal with Him?


  • Secondly, it is incumbent to understand also that the dignity of the Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) is much more than the idols. The idols are dumb, deaf and blind, whereas the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) goes on the Straight Path and guides for it to other people also. Would it not be an extreme error if the head is bowed before any helpless, lifeless and incapable thing, and denied from hearing the Sayings of God’s Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him)?


If you have understood the difference of the degrees from these similitudes then it is your duty to accept that only Allah Almighty is One Worshipped and His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) is a Perfect Guide.


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).