Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Pharaoh said: we will slay their sons and spare their women

Lesson # 907 from the Noble Quran

Pharaoh said: we will slay their sons and spare their women

Surah ‘A’-RAAF (The Heights) – Chapter – 7)

 Stage – 2, Verse – 127 of 206, Section – 15 of 24 (Part – 9)

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

The chiefs of Pharaoh’s people said: (O King), wilt thou suffer Moses and his people to make mischief in the land, and float thee and thy gods? He said: We will slay their sons and spare their women, and surely! we are in power over them.            Wa  qaalal-mala-‘u  min  qawmi  Fir-‘awna  ‘atazaru  Muusaa  wa  qaw-mahuu  li-yufsiduu  fil-‘arzi  wa  yazaraka  wa  ‘aali-hatak.  Qaala  sanu-qattilu  ‘abnaaa-‘ahum  wa  nastah-yii  nisaaa-‘ahum.  Wa  ‘innaa  fawqahum  qaahi-ruun.                


‘Aali-hatak – (thy appointed gods), ‘aalihah is plural of ‘ilaah. ‘Ilaah means – Worshiped, God. Pharaoh used to say himself biggest worshiped and caused to fall the people prostrate before him. But he had arranged to keep his appointed little gods (idols) in the houses of common people, so that they should keep them in front when Pharaoh does not exist and they should fall prostrate before those idols. Some people have told that those were idols of cow.


First of all, the courtiers of Pharaoh arranged competition among Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) and the wizards, but when Moses (peace be upon Him) won against them, then they thought: If both brothers (Moses and Aaron – peace be upon Them) would be put off as they are, they will overthrow our government in some days because the Children of Israel are under their control, and along with them, many of our people will be taken in also. Then it will become very difficult for us. After thinking as such; they went unto Pharaoh. Whatsoever they said there, that has been mentioned in this verse.


It is commanded that when the wizards were killed, chief courtiers of Pharaoh’s government fell about worry that now; how should Moses (peace be upon Him) be stopped that He may not make the Children of Israel His followers by becoming supporter of His nation, otherwise; He will prepare them by causing to know His Sayings and planning to stand against you. His teachings and speeches are contrary to public peace. After some days, there will be blood-shed and the people will grip up their loins to rebel openly.


Therefore, they came unto Pharaoh and said: It is quite against the expedience if Moses (peace be upon Him) is put off free. He will uplift His nation within a few days and they will make mischief in the land. They will become brave and begin to slaughter, beat and quarrel. And Moses (peace be upon Him) will lead them to stop worship of your nominated gods and from your slavery. It is necessary to plot any scheme against Them. Pharaoh said: We have a trick already, with which we made the Children of Israel dead earlier. Now we shall do that again: that is; we shall slay their sons and spare their women. Doing so, they will never be able to stand against us. Whom Moses will excite then to rebel against us? You know that we control the government. The people follow our indications.


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)