Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Hastening on the evil rather than the good

Quran Chapter 27: 45 & 46a (Pt-19, Stg-5) (L-2387) درس قرآن

Hastening on the evil rather than the good

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)

وَلَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَآ إِلَىٰ ثَمُودَ أَخَاهُمْ صَٰلِحًا أَنِ ٱعْبُدُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ فَإِذَا هُمْ فَرِيقَانِ يَخْتَصِمُونَ 45  قَالَ يَٰقَوْمِ لِمَ تَسْتَعْجِلُونَ بِٱلسَّيِّئَةِ قَبْلَ ٱلْحَسَنَةِ 46a

45.  And We verily sent unto Thamud their brother Salih, saying: Worship Allah. And lo! they (then) became two parties quarreling.


46a.  He said: O my people! Why do ye hasten on the evil rather than the good?

45.  Wa  laqad  ‘arsalNaaa  ‘ilaa  Samuuda  ‘akhaahum  Saalihan  ‘ani’-budUllaaha  fa-‘izaa  hum  fariiqaani  yakhtasimuun.


46a.  Qaala  yaa-qawmi  lima  tasta’-jiluuna  bis-sayyi-‘ati  qablal-hasanah.



Reason of describing the circumstances concerning some Prophets (peace be upon them) in Holy Qur’an is that this truth should be obvious upon the disbelievers that Allaah Almighty sent His Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon them) from time to time for the guidance of the human beings, and by means of them, it was informed to the mankind that the Creator and the Lord of this world is Allaah Almighty only. You should remain His obedient and refrain from obstinacy and stubbornness.


In this connection, it is commanded: We appointed Salih (peace be upon him) as Our Messenger and sent him towards the tribe of Thamud, who was a man from their own tribe, for guidance of the people. He (peace be upon him) said to them: Worship Allah and don’t become cause of spreading mischief in the world, being proud of your power. Your power and prosperity are bestowed by Allaah Almighty, so you should obey Him and do according to His commandment for determining your character.


It was hoped from the people of Thamud as a mankind that they would admit unanimously the sayings of Salih (peace be upon him) because he was a Prophet of Allaah Almighty, and they will choose the way of dwelling like mankind. But contrary to expectation, they became two parties quarreling. One of them accepted and the other rejected.


Salih (peace be upon him) frightened the opponents from the wrath of Allaah Almighty. They said: Go and bring doom, we don’t believe! Prophet Salih (peace be upon him) caused to understand them: You had to believe in Allaah Almighty, repent of sins and pass a pious life after listening to me, but you did not do so; and began to ask for the doom immediately. These are the manners of destruction.


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).