Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Likeness Of Money Spent By A Disbeliever


Likeness Of Money Spent By A Disbeliever   

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

Verse –117 of 200, Section –12    (Part – 4)


The likeness of that which they spend in this life of the world is as the likeness of a biting, icy wind which smiteth the harvest of a People who have wronged themselves, and devastateth it. And Allah wronged them not, but they do wrong themselves.

Masalu  maa  yunfiquuna  fii haazihil-hayaatid-dunyaa  ka-masli  riihin-  fiihaa  sirrun ‘asaabat  harsa  qaw-min- zala-muuu  ‘anfusahum  fa-‘ahla-kat-h. Wa maa zalamahumul-laahu  wa laakin  ‘anfusahum yazlimuun.






The result of the Infidels has been described in this verse that whatever the wealth they spend in the world, it would not have any value on the Day of Resurrection, because due to lack of faith their each deed is lifeless and dead.


Thus, its meed would also be perishable and they will get it only in this world. Belief is the protector of acts forever. Likeness of the acts without faith is as someone planted a garden and did not arrange to protect it from the frost. Looking at the garden’s prosperity and greenness, he used to be happy for a few days and rely on it very much. Suddenly a biting, icy wind blows and it smites his entire blooming garden and harvest. That person remained losing his destruction and ruin. Neither his hope was completed and nor he could get any advantage from its production at the time of necessity. This destruction was a punishment of his tyranny and wickedness. Therefore, he will not be able to get any meed/reward upon this calamity in the Hereafter.    


 ka-masli  riihin-(likeness of wind) Alms and charity giving bythe disbelievers has been explained as such a gust of air, which has biting and icy wind. It means, “That air which becomes cause of suffering and destruction in place of delight and merriment”.  Apparently, the human beings trust in it, but in fact its result comes out opposite.    


The disbelievers of Allah Almighty do well (according to their thoughts) and spend money on good deeds. Apparently, the observer expects good results from it but really, it is not as such. When greatest services of a disloyal and rebellious cannot save him from the punishment of the crime of violence in the world then how the disbelievers may escape from the punishment in the court of Most Strong Ruler, Allah Almighty?


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 tran slated Urdu to English  by Muhammad Sharif.