Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Any mankind cannot become immortal

Quran Chapter 21  7 & 8 (Pt-17, Stg-4) (L-2035) درس قرآن

Any mankind cannot become immortal

Chapter “The Prophets” – (Suratul‘Ambiyaaa’ – 21)

 ‘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.)

  وَمَآ أَرْسَلْنَا قَبْلَكَ إِلَّارِجَالًا نُّوحِىٓ إِلَيْهِمْ فَسْـَٔلُوٓا۟ أَهْلَ ٱلذِّكْرِ إِن كُنتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ 7

  وَمَا جَعَلْنَٰهُمْ جَسَدًا لَّا يَأْكُلُونَٱلطَّعَامَ وَمَا كَانُوا۟ خَٰلِدِينَ 8


7.  And We sent not (as Our Messengers) before thee other than men, whom We inspired. Ask the followers of the Reminder if ye know not?


8.  We gave them not bodies that would not eat food, nor were they immortals.

7.  Wa  maaa  ‘arsalNaa  qablaka  ‘illaa  rijaalan-Nuuhiii  ‘ilayhim  fas-‘aluuu  ‘Ahlaz-Zikri  ‘in  kuntum  laa  ta’-lamuun.


8.  Wa  maa  ja-‘alNaahum  jasadal-laa  ya’-kuluunat-ta-‘aama  wa  maa  kaanuu  khaalidiin.




‘Ahlaz-Zikri – (the followers of the Reminder); Zikr means “remembering recital of the praise and names of Allaah, recollections, understanding, verse, poetry and knowledge” etc. Here it aims “Knowledge, Science”. ‘Ahlaz-Zikri are “the People of the Scripture” who were aware of the Prophets (peace be upon them).


It was described earlier that the Disbelievers used to try to keep the other people away from the Messenger Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) by saying that “he is a Man as we are, and a man cannot be a Messenger of Allaah. He eats; drinks and walks just like a common person. If Allaah had to send anyone by appointing His Messenger, He could send any Angel; who would have been free from all such necessities.


In this verse, there is reply of their saying so, that, O Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him): Say to them! We have sent many Messengers (peace be upon them) before You, who all were men (from the mankind). The Jews and the Christians accept and know it well, because they have recited the circumstances of many Prophets (peace be upon them) in Torah and Gospel, and they know it that Their (peace be upon them) bodies were as the bodies of entire mankind are, for keeping of which formed; food and water are essential, and who can live in the world; only for a fixed time. Perpetual life cannot be in the presence of such bodies. Ask from the people who know about former Scriptures and their Bringer Messengers (peace be upon them). They all were mankind and used to eat, drink and walk. They performed their duties and then passed away. Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) is the last Messenger of the same lineage. It would be a surprising thing if He (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) is not accepted as a Messenger.


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).