Lessons from Holy Qur'an

All cannot be equal in respect

Quran Chapter 16  71 (Pt-14, Stg-3) (L-1738) درس قرآن

All cannot be equal in respect

Suratun-Nahl – (The Bee) – 16

‘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)

وَٱللَّهُ فَضَّلَ بَعْضَكُمْعَلَىٰ بَعْضٍ فِى ٱلرِّزْقِ فَمَا ٱلَّذِينَ فُضِّلُوا۟ بِرَآدِّى رِزْقِهِمْ عَلَىٰ مَا مَلَكَتْ أَيْمَٰنُهُمْ فَهُمْ فِيهِ سَوَآءٌ أَفَبِنِعْمَةِ ٱللَّهِ يَجْحَدُونَ 71


71.  And Allah hath favoured some of you above others in provision. Now those who are more favoured will by no means hand over their provision to those (slaves) whom their right hands possess, so that they may be equal with them in respect thereof. Is it then the Grace of Allah that they deny? 71.  Wallaahu  fazzala  ba’-zakum  ‘alaa  ba’-zin  fir-rizq.  Fa-mallaziina  fuzziluu  bi-raaaddii  rizqihim  ‘alaa  maa  malakat  ‘aymaanu-hum  fahum  fiihi  sawaaa’.  ‘Afa-bi-ni’-maTillaahi  yajhaduun.




Rizqin – (provision), this word has passed at various places. All such things are included in it which are useful for mankind i.e. health and safety, knowledge and skills, prosperity, wealth and property etc.


It has been caused to understand in this verse: After admitting that all creatures have been created by Allah Almighty, are under His possession; and slaves of Him, this question does not arise that those can be equal to Him.


Think yourself: Can you accept that your slaves should be equal to you in any matter? You are superior to them in wealth and property, power and dignity. Being your slaves, can they be equal to you? Or can you give them as much wealth and property etc. from yours with your free-will and pleasure that they may become equal to you, even then they should remain your slaves? Can you not understand from it that any creature can never go out from the slavery and humility of Allah Almighty? How can you determine someone or something equal to Him after accepting this entire? This difference of dignities, which Allah Almighty has established among you, is a favor of Him. Is it not a strange thing that due to this blessing of God Almighty, you consider yourselves superior to your slaves, whereas you attribute the slaves of Allah Almighty equal to Him?


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).