Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Last Messenger could neither read nor write

Quran Chapter 29: 47 & 48 (Pt-21, Stg-5) (L-2495) درس قرآن

Last Messenger could neither read nor write

Chapter ’Al-‘Ankabuut”- (The Spider) – 29

‘A-‘uu-zu  Billaahiminash-Shay-taanir- Rajiim.

 (I seek refuge in Allaah from Satan the outcast)


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


  وَكَذَٰلِكَ أَنزَلْنَآ إِلَيْكَ ٱلْكِتَٰبَ فَٱلَّذِينَ ءَاتَيْنَٰهُمُ ٱلْكِتَٰبَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِهِۦ وَمِنْ هَٰٓؤُلَآءِ مَن يُؤْمِنُ بِهِۦ وَمَا يَجْحَدُ بِـَٔايَٰتِنَآ إِلَّا ٱلْكَٰفِرُونَ 47  وَمَا كُنتَ تَتْلُوا۟ مِن قَبْلِهِۦ مِن كِتَٰبٍ وَلَا تَخُطُّهُۥ بِيَمِينِكَ إِذًا لَّٱرْتَابَ ٱلْمُبْطِلُونَ 48

47.  And in like manner We have revealed unto thee the Scripture. So those unto whom We gave the Scripture aforetime will believe therein; and of these (also) there are some who believe therein. And none deny Our Revelations save the disbelievers.


48.  And thou (O Muhammad) wast not a reader of any scripture before it, nor didst thou write it with thy right hand, for then might those have doubted, who follow falsehood.

47.  Wa  kazaalika  ‘anzalNaaa  ‘ilaykal-Kitaab.  Fallaziina  ‘aa-tayNaahumul-Kitaaba  yu’-minuuna  biH.  Wa  min  haaa-‘ulaaa-‘i  many-yu’-minu  biH.  Wa  maa  yajhadu  bi-‘Aayaati-Naaa  ‘illal-  kaafiruun.


48.  Wa  maa  kunta  tatluu  min  qablihii  min  kitaabinw-wa  laa  takhut-tuhuu  bi-yamiinika  ‘izal-lar-taabal-mubtiluun.



Laa  takhut-tu – (you did not use to write), this word has come out from khatta, which means “to write”.


It is commanded: There is no reason of having doubt in Holy Qur’an. As We revealed old heavenly Scriptures (Torah, Psalms, Gospel etc.) upon ancient Messengers (peace be upon them), like them, We have revealed this last Scripture (Holy Qur’an) too upon you {O Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him)}. Accordingly, towards whom We sent the Scriptures in the past, some justice-loving people from them do not hesitate in having belief that this Scripture (Holy Qur’an) is true. They, including those Arabians who were unaware of old Scriptures, believe and acknowledge its truth.


Only such people reject the Holy Qur’an who have been inclined to deny violently. O Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him): You learnt neither reading from anyone nor writing with your right hand any scripture before it. These people are well aware of it because you have been dwelling among them with effect from your childhood. If you had learnt reciting old Scriptures and you could write something then there would have been a doubt that you have copied from old Scriptures and prepared a new Scripture. While you don’t know reading and writing, but recite such incomparable Book, then how these foes of truth can say that it has not been sent by Allaah Almighty?


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 IslaahwaTableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif).

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