Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Whether the Mankind is a dead and gone than a small ant?

Lesson # 640 From Holy Qur’aan

Whether the Mankind is a dead and gone than a small ant?

‘Al-Maaa-‘idah (the Table Spread) – Chapter – 5)–Stage – 2

Verses – 65 & 66 of 120, Section – 9 of 16 (Part – 6)


In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

65.  If only the People of the Scripture would believe and ward off (evil), surely We should remit their sins from them and surely We should bring them into Gardens of Delight.


66.  If they had observed the Torah and the Gospel and that which was revealed unto them from their Lord, they would surely have been nourished from above them and from beneath their feet. Among them there are people who are moderate. But many of them are of evil conduct.           

65.  Wa  law  ‘anna  ‘Ahlal-Kitaabi  ‘aamanuu  wattaqaw  lakaffarNaa  ‘anhum  sayyi-‘aatihim  wa  la-‘ad-khal-Naahum  Jannaatin-Na-‘iim. 


66.  Wa  law  ‘annahum  ‘aqaamut-Tawraata  wal-‘Injiila  wa  maaa  ‘unzila  ‘ilay-him-mir-Rabbihim  la-‘akaluu  min-  fawqihim  wa  min  tahti  ‘arjulihim.  Minhum  ‘ummatum-muq-tasi-dah.  Wa  kasiirum-minhum  saaa-‘a  maa  ya’-maluun.    


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 Those people have been being mentioned from very early, who opposed Islam in the beginning. At first, Arabian tribes of Makkah were against Islam who were idolaters openly. After that, when the Jews and the Christians knew, they supported the idolaters of Makkah also to suppress Islam. This support was very useful for the idolaters, and the Muslims had to face many difficulties due to them.


It is known by meditating in that, which the history of those days produces, that there was no any main reason of opposing Islam except that the people had forgotten thinking about the advantages and comforts of others but for their own worldly gains and ease. Everyone desired to keep entire wealth and power of the world in his own depot. On the contrary, Islam wished to teach that worldly wealth, power and property is useful for all the human beings. None is owner of anything but Allaah Almighty and entire humankind are His servants, so nobody can deprive others by taking entire things in one’s own possession. The person, who will try to do so, is enemy of Allaah Almighty.


It can be understood by thinking a little that the human being needs many things for living. It is clear that everyone has a right to get them. There can be two ways for acquiring necessary things. Either everyone should think only for his own purpose and do not care for others, as you can see in dogs, or the other form is “the person, who obtains any important thing, should share it with others” as it can be observed in the crows, but the cock is ahead than the crow in this matter. Which extra quality in the cock than the crow can be seen, is that, if it looks any eatable, calls the hens, feeds them, but doesn’t take anything itself. However if the food is excessive, then it takes as per its requirement. It has also been observed in the small ants that they use to collect their food individually or collectively at one place. Then at the time of necessity, each of them uses to take from their hoard according to one’s need. And none of them says, “Take less because you did not work hard, and to the other, take more because you worked hard”. Islam is a standard-bearer of the second observance


Whether the human being is a dead and gone than a small ant in this matter? He should have so much sense that either he should let his weak and poor brother take according to his necessity or give him personally, and should take himself as per own requirement and do not violate.


But the Jews and the Christians have adopted the first observance as explained above in the example of small ants. They say, “All necessary things, required by the human being should be in our possession. Power and strength, wealth and property are our right. We should never let the poor and the feeble be powerful before us, so that, keeping them our necessitous, we may affect our purpose as much and as we wish by means of them.


The second observance, which belongs to Islam, remains the best at the end; however some difficulties may be borne in the beginning. Everything is going well in the beginning too, but it results ease and happiness completely in future. These true but harsh words have been described in these verses, because “The niggard who gives a quick refusal is better than the benevolent who procrastinates”.


Allaah Almighty commands that if those, who say themselves “the People of the Scripture” had believed and warded off evil, then surely He would have remitted their sins from them, they might have gotten opportunity of ease and comfort in the world, and He would have brought them into Gardens of Delight on the Day of Resurrection. They would not have to do more because they had already the Heavenly Scriptures. If they would have acted upon them correctly then today, all of their matters were to be correct, because it has been written in their Scriptures clearly and their Prophets and Messengers (peace be upon Them) have caused to understand them that the Last Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him) will appear in the Arab. You should follow and obey Him (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him).


It is correct that some people of them are sensible and they acted upon their own Scripture and embraced Islam. But maximum people of them are doing such deeds, which are injurious to the humanity and foundation of their livelihood depends upon the first observance, which wants to make the entire mankind selfish.  


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 Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)