Lessons from Holy Qur'an

One attribute of the Jews

Quran Chapter 16  124 (Pt-14, Stg-3) (L-1776) درس قرآن

One attribute of the Jews

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)

إِنَّمَا جُعِلَٱلسَّبْتُ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ ٱخْتَلَفُوا۟ فِيهِ وَإِنَّ رَبَّكَ لَيَحْكُمُ بَيْنَهُمْ يَوْمَ ٱلْقِيَٰمَةِ فِيمَا كَانُوا۟ فِيهِ يَخْتَلِفُونَ 124


124.  The Sabbath was appointed only for those who differed concerning it, and lo! Thy Lord will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection concerning that wherein they used to differ. 124.  ‘Innamaa  ju-‘ilas-Sabtu  ‘alallaziinakh-talafuu  fiih.  Wa  ‘inna  Rabbaka  layah-kumu  baynahum  Yawmal-Qiyaamati  fiimaa  kaanuu  fiihi  yakh-talifuun.   




‘Allaziinakh-talafuu  fiihi – (those who differed concerning it). It aims “the children of Israel”. Here, one attribute of them has been described instead of saying them “the Jews” so that it may be made known that this attribute had become their necessary disposition. It was the reason that they were strictly commanded so that they may be corrected. Purpose of revealing this verse is that you should not be involved in this bad habit (of disobedience). On the contrary, you entire people should obey all orders collectively without wrangling whatever is commanded to you.


It is commanded that the Day of Sabbath (Saturday) was appointed only for the Jews, so that the habit of abiding by the Commands of God Almighty is taught to them, and by giving punishment of disobedience in the world, it is determined as cause of warning for other people. Even then those people did not make the obedience their habit. They used to give their opinion in every matter whatsoever was commanded to them. They were just like wicked and perverse children who express their opinions strictly and it is their habit that they refuse to do whatever is said to them. The Jews were divided into different sects concerning the Sabbath also. Some of them accepted but some did not obey. At last those who did not obey; were made pigs and monkey-like in the world.


After that, the doom of the Doomsday has been waiting for them and they will be punished very severely. Accordingly, it has been commanded in this verse: They will come to know the truth of those matters on the Day of Resurrection; in which they differed and disputed.


From it, the Muslims {Nation of Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him)} should take a lesson that when it is proved concerning a matter that commandment of Allah Almighty and Sayings of His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah Almighty be upon him) is this; then they should neither argue and nor raise objections in its execution. Seeking excuses for violation of order after knowing it; was nature of the Jews, which is against the teachings of Islam. First condition in it is to obey the Command.


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).