Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Setting up own correct judgment

Quran Chapter 17  48 (Pt-15, Stg-4) (L-1813) درس قرآن

Setting up own correct judgment

Surah Baniii ‘Israaa-‘iil (The Children of Israel) – 17

‘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)

ٱنظُرْ كَيْفَ ضَرَبُوا۟ لَكَ ٱلْأَمْثَالَ فَضَلُّوا۟ فَلَا يَسْتَطِيعُونَسَبِيلًا 48


48.  See what similitudes they coin for thee, and thus are all astray, and cannot find the Way! 48.  ‘Unzur  kayfa  zarabuu  lakal-‘amsaala  fa-zalluu  falaa  yastatii-‘uuna  sabiilaa.  (Part One-Forth)




‘Al-‘amsaalu – (similitudes), this word is plural of masala. Masala is such known thing which is produced for knowing about any unknown or incident; and it is said that you should consider the same unknown or incident as this similitude.


The aim of this verse is that by choosing different titles for you; level of their sense is found out. And it seems clearly that they are not able to set up their correct judgment about that whatever they see. And the person who may not set up correct judgment, certainly he will go astray. He can never find the Straight Path.


The people of Arab used to say usually during those days that Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) had fallen in the influence of any witchcraft of any Witch Doctor. Holy Qur’an has rejected this thought of theirs at many places. Moreover, it’s not strange that for removing this opinion, That Incident would have been shown that “Labiid bin al-A’sam, who was a Jew, practised incantations upon the Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) and it began to affect the Messenger, but Allah Almighty sent down last two Chapters of Holy Qur’an (Ma-‘uuz-tayn), by reciting of which, the affect of the witchcraft was removed entirely. From this incident, two matters were required to be shown:


  1. It should be shown that impression of incantation, if it is, is unreal. The words of Hadith are that “After reciting last two Chapters of Holy Qur’an (Ma-‘uuz-tayn), the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) stood up quickly, as any person tied by a rope, is opened”. But it did never happen with the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) during entire previous life before that time. And He (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) used to perform always his every work at its proper time very actively.


  1. Influence of the incantations is only on the thoughts.


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).