Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Disbelief At The Price Of Faith


Disbelief At The Price Of Faith

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

Verses –177 & 178 of 200, Section –18 (Part – 4)


177.  Those who purchase disbelief at the price of faith harm Allah not at all, and theirs will be a painful doom.

 178.  And let not those who disbelieve imagine that the rein We give them bodeth good unto their souls. We only give them rein that they may grow in sinfulness. And theirs will be a shameful doom.

177.   ‘Innal-laziinash-tarawul-kufra bil-‘iimaani  lany-yazur-rullaaha  shay-‘aa.  Wa  lahum  ‘azaabun  ‘aliim. 

178.  Wa laa  yah-sabannal-laziina  kafaruuu  ‘annamaa  numlii  lahum  khayrul-li-‘an-fusihim.  ‘Innamaa  numlii  lahum  li-yaz-daaduuu’ismaa.  Wa  lahum  ‘azaabum-muhiin. 




‘ash-taraw – (they purchased), it also means ‘to sell as well as to purchase’ but here it aims to purchase. That is to say, they left Belief and Faith, and adopted infidelity and denial.


Muhiin – (shameful, wretched), this word has been derived from the word ‘ahaanat, which means insult, disgrace, suffering shame or dishonor. O our Lord Almighty! Save the entire Believers and Muslims from this kind of torment.


Before these verses, Satan and the devils were being discussed that they plan to frighten the Believers with their different vicious and terrifying managements, but it is compulsory for the Believers that they should not have any fear in their hearts except Allah Almighty. The devils run easily to infidelity, disbelief and insurrection leaving Faith and Islam. Their attempts of this type injure Allah Almighty not at all.


Noor-e-Khuda hae kufr ki harkat pe khanda zan

Phoonkuun se yeh charaagh, bujhaya na jae ga


(The Light of God is smiling on the act of infidelity

This lamp would not be extinguished with blows)


Now it is being commanded again that those people have purchased infidelity and disbelief at the price of faith. Doing so, they can never harm Allah Almighty, His Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him) or His religion. Opposite to this, they will suffer the painful doom. If Allah Almighty has given them some rein, then they should not be proud that this rein bodes well for their souls. The rein of punishment is not favorable for them. But Allah Almighty only gives them rein that they may grow in sinfulness. Moreover, they will be fallen into a shameful doom.



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