Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Prosperity and adversity

Quran Chapter 18  19b & 20 (Pt-15, Stg-4) (L-1869) درس قرآن

Prosperity and adversity

Chapter Kahf (The Cave) – 18

‘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)

وَكَذَٰلِكَ بَعَثْنَٰهُمْ لِيَتَسَآءَلُوا۟ بَيْنَهُمْ قَالَ قَآئِلٌ مِّنْهُمْ كَمْ لَبِثْتُمْ قَالُوا۟ لَبِثْنَا يَوْمًا أَوْ بَعْضَيَوْمٍ قَالُوا۟ رَبُّكُمْ أَعْلَمُ بِمَا لَبِثْتُمْ فَٱبْعَثُوٓا۟ أَحَدَكُم بِوَرِقِكُمْ هَٰذِهِۦٓ إِلَى ٱلْمَدِينَةِ فَلْيَنظُرْ أَيُّهَآ أَزْكَىٰ طَعَامًا فَلْيَأْتِكُم بِرِزْقٍ مِّنْهُ وَلْيَتَلَطَّفْ وَلَايُشْعِرَنَّ بِكُمْ أَحَدًا 19

إِنَّهُمْ إِن يَظْهَرُوا۟ عَلَيْكُمْ يَرْجُمُوكُمْ أَوْ يُعِيدُوكُمْ فِى مِلَّتِهِمْ وَلَن تُفْلِحُوٓا۟ إِذًا أَبَدًا 20


19b.  Now send one of you with this your silver coin unto the city, and let him see what food is purest there and bring you a supply thereof and let him be courteous and let no man know of you.


20.  For they, if they should come to know of you, will stone you or turn you back to their religion; then ye will never prosper.

19b.  Fab-‘asuuu  ‘ahadakum  bi-wariqikum  haazihiii  ‘ilal-madiinati  fal-yanzur  ‘ayyuhaaa  ‘az-kaa  ta-‘aaman  fal-ya’-tikum-  bi-rizqim-minhu  wal-yata-LATTAF  wa  laa  yush-‘iranna  bikum  ‘ahadaa.


Half – Qur-‘aan)


20.  ‘Innahum  ‘iny-yazharuu  ‘alaykum  yarju-muukum  ‘aw  yu-‘iiduukum  fii  millatihim  wa  lan  tuflihuuu  ‘izaa  ‘abadaa.




Wariqun – (silver coin), in Arabic language; the words “wariqun and warqun” are used for silver. Here it aims “silver coins” which were in use during those days.


It is commanded that one of them said: Now give up thinking about the duration of sleeping and arrange for food. Take it! It is a silver coin. Send any one of you to the township; giving him this money, so that he may search purest food, purchase it and bring for us. But he should be very careful and go silently, so that the people may not begin to see him after hearing the sound of his soft foot-steps. He should talk softly so that the people may not be startled. You know that it is the time of calamities and adversities. Believers of God Almighty are being arrested. Idolater King desires to make the entire people idolaters with force. If his people came to know about us, either they will slay all of us by stoning or turn us back to their religion i.e. idol-worshipping. If it happened so; then there will be neither any place for us and nor any form of our prosperity in future. Our prosperity is in it that we should believe that only one God, Allah Almighty is our Lord, and we should adore Him only, and we should never have any expectation from any other save Him.


Such kind of Belief is required. Those companions did never forget their Lord in any condition whether they were sleeping or waking, in confusion or difficulty. They considered that belief in a plurality of God was the greatest adversity.


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).