Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Boy’s story who was killed by Khizar

Quran Chapter 18  80 & 81 (Pt-16, Stg-4) (L-1909) درس قرآن

Boy’s story who was killed by Khizar

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)

وَأَمَّا ٱلْغُلَٰمُ فَكَانَ أَبَوَاهُ مُؤْمِنَيْنِفَخَشِينَآ أَن يُرْهِقَهُمَا طُغْيَٰنًا وَكُفْرًا 80

فَأَرَدْنَآ أَن يُبْدِلَهُمَا رَبُّهُمَا خَيْرًا مِّنْهُ زَكَوٰةً وَأَقْرَبَ رُحْمًا 81

80.  And as for the lad, his parents were Believers and we feared lest he should oppress them by rebellion and disbelief.


81.  And we intended that their Lord should change him for them for one better in purity and nearer to mercy.

80.  Wa  ‘ammal-gulaamu  fa-kaana  ‘abawaahu  Mu’-minayni  fa-khashiinaaa  ‘any-yurhi-qahumaa  tug-yaananw-wa  kufraa.


81.  Fa-‘aradnaaa  ‘any-yubdila-humaa  Rabbu-humaa  khayram-minhu  zakaatanw-wa  ‘aqraba  ruhmaa.




Yurhi-qu – (being hard upon, oppressing), meaning of this word has been explained in Lesson 1904.


Ruhma – (mercy, kindness), this word has been derived from rahmatun, which means pity i.e. such behavior which is due to mercy.


It is commanded: Khizar (peace be upon him) described the story of that lad to Moses (peace be upon him), who was slain by Him that his parents; father and mother (both) were very fortunate of good disposition. They believed in Allah Almighty and used to worship Him. This boy was born in their home, about whom I was inspired from Allah Almighty that when this boy will be elder, his manners and habits will not be good. His parents will be irritated due to his wicked deeds. So death of that boy is better than his life. Although his parents will suffer a shock of his death, but this shock is nothing opposite to grief of that entire life which they will have to suffer due to his living. It was the reason that I was commanded to kill the lad at the spot. And it was revealed that Allah Almighty will give another child in exchange who will be fortunate of good disposition, who will be better than him in habits and manners, and he will satisfy them by his obedience. I am innocent in his slaying just like any other accident would have happened.


There is a lesson in it that the mankind should consider on death of any close relative that Allah Almighty desires so. Therefore one should neither complain and nor make a noise on such occasions.


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).