Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Questions taught by the Jews

Quran Chapter 18  Intro (Pt-15, Stg-4) (L-1857) درس قرآن

Questions taught by the Jews

Chapter Kahf (The Cave) – 18

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

Bis-Millaahir-Rah-maanir-Rahiim.
(In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

According to arrangement order, this is eighteenth Chapter of Holy Qur’an. It was revealed during the middling period in the state of Islam at Makkah. Its contents are also as of other Chapters revealed in Makkah. Like them, it has been descried that Holy Qur’an is a Fountain of Guidance for the mankind and it has been proved that Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) is the last Messenger of Allah Almighty.

 

The Jews taught some questions to the people of Makkah because they asked from the Jews: Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) claims that He is God’s Prophet. Let us know some such matters which we should ask from Him as a trial. The Jews said: You should ask Him:

 

  1. What is the Spirit?

 

  1. Tell us about those people who were disappeared alive from the world – still they are living and unseen?

 

  1. Who was the man who walked from one corner of the world to the other?

 

The people of Makkah (Qureish) asked from the Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) the same questions. He (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) said: I shall give you answer tomorrow. And He began to wait for the Divine Revelation (Wahii), waited for fifteen days but Wahii did not come. The people began to whisper that He (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) promised to give answer on the next day, but two weeks have been over, even then He is still silent. He (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) grew weak with pain. At last the Angel (peace be upon him) came and it was commanded: Your should never say for doing any work that I shall do it tomorrow. But you should say always: If God; the Most High wills, I shall do it tomorrow. Because without God’s will you can do nothing. Forgetting Allah Almighty and putting trust in oneself is the matter of ignorant and careless people.

 

After that, answers of all three questions were given. Answer of the question about the Spirit has passed in the previous Chapter (Surah Baniii ‘Israaa-‘iil. Replies of remaining two questions have been mentioned in this Chapter. Summary of all these three answers is that Allah Almighty has all Powers. He works entirely as He Himself desires. You should never consider that His Power is as of the mankind. In the verses of this Chapter, reality of the world has been explained before the human beings and it has been narrated that comparatively the world is nothing against the Hereafter. Mankind should never forget the Day of Resurrection by being ensnared in the worldly contentions. The biggest misfortune is ascribing plurality unto God Almighty.

 

By thinking a little, the human being can understand easily that it is the last stage of ignorance if any person have faith that any one else is equal, helper or partner of Allah Almighty from His creatures in any matter.

 

Secondly it has been caused to understand that when any person will do any work with intention, his accounts will be reckoned in the life after death. And according to own deeds every individual will be rewarded or punished.

 

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).

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Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Every thing is helpless before Allah

Quran Chapter 17  111 (Pt-15, Stg-4) (L-1856) درس قرآن

Every thing is helpless before Allah

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)

Bis-Millaahir-Rah-maanir-Rahiim.
(In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

Lessons from Chapter Seventeen “The Children of Israel” came to an end at previous lesson. First matter which has been taught in this Chapter; is, “Knowing correctly our Lord”. Many people admit that Allah Almighty exists but they do not know Him correctly. First verse of this Chapter begins with the words “SUBHAANALLAZIII  ‘as-raa  bi-‘AbdiHii” (GLORIFIED BE HE Who carried His servant). The name “Allah” has not been mentioned clearly in this verse, but His one such Epithet has been described in it which cannot be of any other save Him. Therefore, it can be understood easily that here; the aim from ‘Allaziii is only “Allah Almighty” not any other.

 

The last verse of the same Chapter begins with the words “Wa  qulil-Hamdu  Lillaahil-lazii” (And say: Praise be to Allah, Who), and it ends on the words; meanings of which are “’Allaahu ‘Akbar” (Allah is the Greatest), whereas the topic of discussion in between the verse is “Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illAllaahu” (There is no God but Allah).

 

Above mentioned four Kalimahs (Words) are sufficient for knowing Allah Almighty. The aim from these words is “SubhaanAllaah (God Almighty is Pure from all kinds of defect, fault or weakness. Neither any wickedness can be into Him nor any deficiency, and nor any kind of helplessness or inability). ‘Al-Hamdu-Lillaah (All Praises are of Allah and the entire praises are into Him only; not in any other save Him. And if anywhere any praise is visible, that is also a reflection of His Excellence. Any other save Allah Almighty does not possess the Actual Excellence. Therefore, comparatively His Praises are most eminent and most dignified). ’Allaahu ‘Akbar” (As He is Pure from all kinds of evils, no other has Praises like Him, He is Whole of all Praises also, then without any doubt He is the Greatest too). Laa ‘ilaaha ‘illAllaahu”, (While He is the Greatest; and certainly He is the Greatest, then there can be no other Worshipped (God) save Him (Allah)”.

 

It is also understood from the same Chapter that every thing is helpless before Allah Almighty and has been explaining about own helplessness in own language. The power which exists anywhere, is of Him only, if that exists at any other place, that is given by Him. And it is the entire subject of “wa  Laa  hawla  wa  laa quwwata  ‘illaa  Billaahil-‘Aliyil-‘Aziim” (There is neither might nor power except with Allah).

 

Therefore, for acquiring knowledge about God Almighty, summary of this Chapter is hidden in these words
سبحان الله والحمد لله ولا إله إلا الله والله اكبر ولا حول ولا قوة الا بالله العلي العظيم

 

(SubhaanAllaah wal-hamduLillaah wa-laa ‘ilaaha ‘illAllaahu Wallaahu Akbar wa  Laa  hawla  wa  laa quwwata  ‘illaa  Billaahil-‘Aliyil-‘Aziim), “Allah is free from imperfection, All praise is due to Allah, there is no God but Allah), Allah is the Greatest, There is neither might nor power except with Allah “.

 

That is to say, this Chapter is explanation of above mentioned Kalimah. Along with it, Messenger-hood and the life after death has been explained that after reproduction the life will be perpetual, and that can be pleasant in this form only that worldly life should be passed in accord with the Commands of Holy Qur’an.

 

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).