Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Apparent and material power

Quran Chapter 27: 40a (Pt-19, Stg-5) (L-2382) درس قرآن

Apparent and material power

Chapter Naml”- (The Ant) – 27

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahi minash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim.

 (I seek refuge in Allaah from Satan the outcast)


(In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful)

قَالَ ٱلَّذِى عِندَهُۥ عِلْمٌ مِّنَ ٱلْكِتَٰبِ أَنَا۠ ءَاتِيكَ بِهِۦ قَبْلَ أَن يَرْتَدَّ إِلَيْكَ طَرْفُكَ  40a

40a.  One with whom was knowledge of the Scripture said; I will bring it thee before thy gaze returneth unto thee. 40a.  Qaalallazii  ‘indahuu  ‘ilmum-minal-Kitaabi  ‘ana  ‘aatiika  bihii  qabla  ‘any-yartadda  ‘ilayka  tarfuk.



Yartaddu – (to return), this word is from ‘irtadaad, which has been derived from raddun. Raddun means “to return, to send back). ‘Irtadaad means “to come back or go back at own place”. Here it aims “to come back at own place”. As though, when a person looks to any other, his glance touches that thing or person. When he has seen it; then his gaze returns to the seer. In this going and coming, haply it takes one second or less than it. It aims “twinkling of the eye, a moment”. That is to say, in the twinkling of eye, the Throne of Bilqiis will be before you.


When the demon presented his service i.e. (I will bring the throne to you, before you can rise from your place.), then a person from the audience stood up and said: I will bring it to you before your glance returns to you. This person was not claimant of apparent and material power. He had studied heavenly Scriptures and had strong belief in the Limitless Omnipotence of Allaah Almighty. He was aware of it that His Divine Power is not bound in the space and time. Commentators have described that he was a Minister of Prophet Solomon (peace be upon him) and his name was Asif son of Barkhia.


Prophet Solomon (peace be upon him) had invited Bilquiis to embrace Islam. His aim was to push her back from worship of the sun and assure her that the Owner of the entire Power is Allaah Almighty. The person, who inclines towards Him with firm faith and supplicates before Him, does never remain unlucky. Perhaps the purpose would be to disclose upon own people also at such occasion that “as appearance of miracle by means of any Prophet or Messenger (peace be upon him) is certain, like this those who are benefitted by them, are full with supernatural powers too. Spiritual power of Asif had increased so much that such generosity should appear by him. Bounty of Allaah Almighty is Current every time without let or hindrance. But acquiring gain from It depends upon own competency and capability of the mankind. Every individual can get according to own skill.


Transliterated Holy Qur’aan 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).