Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Compensation Is Not Acceptable From Disbelievers


Compensation Is Not Acceptable From Disbelievers

Surah ‘Aali ‘Imran (The Family Of ‘Imran, Chapter – 3)

Verse – 91a of 200, Section –9    (Part – 3)


Lo! those who disbelieve, and die in disbelief, the (whole) earth full of gold would not be accepted from such an one if it were offered as a ransom (for his soul).   

‘Innal-laziina kafaruu  wa  maatuu  wa  hum  kuffaarun- falany-yuqbala  min  ‘ahadihim  mil-‘ul-‘arzi  zahabanw-wa  la-wiftadaa  bih. 






In this verse such infidels and sinners have been admonished who think always that gold and silver (wealth and property) are the actual source of whole power and strength. Money covers the entire sins and conceals all the evils. They think that as they escape from punishment of crimes by giving a bribe or ransom in this world, likewise they might escape from wrath of Allah Almighty by giving Him silver and gold as a ransom in the Doomsday.


Allah Almighty has told them that their imaginations were vain. If any sinner out of them have gold equivalent to the entire earth and he wishes to present it as ransom of his sins to Allah Almighty, then it will never be accepted. He has no need of the gold. He is Owner of the whole universe, earth and skies, Creator of all the creatures and existents, all are obedient unto Him from an atom to the sun, from an ant to elephant and from inferior sinner human being to a high dignity Prophet (peace be upon him). Gold, silver, money, wealth and riches, all are in His Ownership and He is the One, Who gives these all things to the people. Then why would He forgive the sinners against the ransom of it?


In fact ideology of bribe and ransom is creation of those people, whose religion is money and wealth, whose purpose of life is wealth, who look for this during their entire life, spend their time and labor to acquire it, pass their age for its collection. At last taking its grief in their hearts, they leave this mortal world with empty hands. These people used to run behind the gold and silver, and did close pursuit for the wealth. They endowed their entire attention and labor for it, but found too much dreadful, full of pain and suffering result. They remained in the same wrong supposition that this thing is the origin of salvation and cause of success. But these blind of wisdom do not know that the real wealth is the wealth of Belief. Real capital is the capital of virtue. Gold and silver have the value not even like just a worthless straw comparatively to good acts. On the Doomsday, just righteousness can save. Heaps of gold and silver would not work in the Hereafter.

Iftadaa-  (offered as a ransom) ransom means to repay, which is paid in return of any fault or sin in the form of wealth or any other thing.


The People of the Scripture had false belief about ransom, which became cause of their waywardness and easiness.



Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & English Translation by Marmaduke; Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore and Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’an published By Idara Islah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English  by Muhammad Sharif)