Sūrah Mā’idah (1-31) part (2/2)

Sūrah Mā’idah (1-31) part (2/2)


Qur'ānic Exegesis

Javed Aḥmad Ghāmidī

(Translated from al-Bayān by Dr Shehzad Saleem)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

وَاذْكُرُواْ نِعْمَةَ اللّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ وَمِيثَاقَهُ الَّذِي وَاثَقَكُم بِهِ إِذْ قُلْتُمْ سَمِعْنَا وَأَطَعْنَا وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ إِنَّ اللّهَ عَلِيمٌ بِذَاتِ الصُّدُورِ (7) يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّامِينَ لِلّهِ شُهَدَاء بِالْقِسْطِ وَلاَ يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ عَلَى أَلاَّ تَعْدِلُواْ اعْدِلُواْ هُوَ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَى وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ إِنَّ اللّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ (8)وَعَدَ اللّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَعَمِلُواْ

[Benefit from this concession] and keep in remembrance God's favour to you,[1]and also the covenant[2]with which He bound you when you said: "We have heard and we are obedient." [Keep it in remembrance] and have fear of God. Indeed, God knows the secrets of the hearts. Believers! Be those who adhere to justice by bearing witness to it for God. And your animosity for a people should not induce you to turn away from justice. Be just; this is nearer to piety. And have fear of God;[3] indeed, God is well aware of all your deeds.Believers! [It is the requisite of this covenant that you] stand upfor Godbearing

الصَّالِحَاتِ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةٌ وَأَجْرٌ عَظِيمٌ (9)وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ وَكَذَّبُواْ بِآيَاتِنَا أُوْلَـئِكَ أَصْحَابُ الْجَحِيمِ (10)يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اذْكُرُواْ نِعْمَتَ اللّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ هَمَّ قَوْمٌ أَن يَبْسُطُواْ إِلَيْكُمْ أَيْدِيَهُمْ فَكَفَّ أَيْدِيَهُمْ عَنكُمْ وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَعَلَى اللّهِ فَلْيَتَوَكَّلِ الْمُؤْمِنُونَ (11)

وَلَقَدْ أَخَذَ اللّهُ مِيثَاقَ بَنِي إِسْرَآئِيلَ وَبَعَثْنَا مِنهُمُ اثْنَيْ عَشَرَ نَقِيبًا وَقَالَ اللّهُ إِنِّي

witness to justice and your animosity for a people should not induce you to turn away from justice. Be just; this is nearer to piety. And have fear of God; indeed, God is well aware of all your deeds. God has promised those that have embraced faith and done righteous deeds forgiveness and a great reward. [On the contrary] those who are disbelievers and have denied Our revelations, it is they who shall go to Hell. Believers! [And] remember also this favour which God bestowed upon you when He restrained[4]the hands of a people[5]who sought to harm you and keep fearing God. [And remember] the believers should put their trust in God only. (7-11)

[In a similar manner], God had taken a covenant from the Israelites as well [and to protect it] deputed on them twelve chiefs[6]from among them. God took this promise from them: "I

مَعَكُمْ لَئِنْ أَقَمْتُمُ الصَّلاَةَ وَآتَيْتُمُ الزَّكَاةَ وَآمَنتُم بِرُسُلِي وَعَزَّرْتُمُوهُمْ وَأَقْرَضْتُمُ اللّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا لَّأُكَفِّرَنَّ عَنكُمْ سَيِّئَاتِكُمْ وَلأُدْخِلَنَّكُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِن تَحْتِهَا الأَنْهَارُ فَمَن كَفَرَ بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ مِنكُمْ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ سَوَاء السَّبِيلِ (12)فَبِمَا نَقْضِهِم مِّيثَاقَهُمْ

shall be with you.[7]If you diligently adhere to the prayer, pay the zakāh and acknowledge my messengers[8]and help them and keep giving a generous loan[9]to God, then you should rest assured that I shall brush away your mistakes[10]and admit you to gardens watered by running streams. Then even after this [covenant] those of you who disbelieve[11][should know that] they have strayed from the straight path. So because they broke their covenant We cursed them[12]and hardened their hearts. [Now their situation

لَعنَّاهُمْ وَجَعَلْنَا قُلُوبَهُمْ قَاسِيَةً يُحَرِّفُونَ الْكَلِمَ عَن مَّوَاضِعِهِ وَنَسُواْ حَظًّا مِّمَّا ذُكِّرُواْ بِهِ وَلاَ تَزَالُ تَطَّلِعُ عَلَىَ خَآئِنَةٍ مِّنْهُمْ إِلاَّ قَلِيلاً مِّنْهُمُ فَاعْفُ عَنْهُمْ وَاصْفَحْ إِنَّ اللّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُحْسِنِينَ (13)

وَمِنَ الَّذِينَ قَالُواْ إِنَّا نَصَارَى أَخَذْنَا مِيثَاقَهُمْ فَنَسُواْ حَظًّا مِّمَّا ذُكِّرُواْ بِهِ فَأَغْرَيْنَا

is that] they sever words from their context and occasion and have forgotten that through which they were reminded.[13]And [it is a result of this that] every now and then a news of one fraud of theirs or the other comes to your notice. Very few of them do not indulge in this.[14][You can expect nothing good from them now]. So [O Prophet!] keep forgiving them[15][and remember that] God likes those who show goodness. (12-13)

[In a similar manner,]We took a covenant with those also who said: "We are Nazarenes."[16]Then they too forgot a part of that

بَيْنَهُمُ الْعَدَاوَةَ وَالْبَغْضَاء إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ وَسَوْفَ يُنَبِّئُهُمُ اللّهُ بِمَا كَانُواْ يَصْنَعُونَ (14)

يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ قَدْ جَاءكُمْ رَسُولُنَا يُبَيِّنُ لَكُمْ كَثِيرًا مِّمَّا كُنتُمْ تُخْفُونَ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ وَيَعْفُو عَن كَثِيرٍ قَدْ جَاءكُم مِّنَ اللّهِ نُورٌ وَكِتَابٌ مُّبِينٌ (15) يَهْدِي بِهِ اللّهُ مَنِ اتَّبَعَ

through which they had been reminded. Therefore We stirred among them enmity and hatred, which shall endure till the Day of Judgement.[17][They are burning in it]. And soon God will inform them of what they have been doing. (14)

People of the Book! Our Messenger has come to reveal to you much of what you have been hiding of the Book of God,[18]and is also ignoring many things.[19]A light has come to you from God that is a Book [which] explains [everything related to religion].

رِضْوَانَهُ سُبُلَ السَّلاَمِ وَيُخْرِجُهُم مِّنِ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ بِإِذْنِهِ وَيَهْدِيهِمْ إِلَى صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ (16)

لَّقَدْ كَفَرَ الَّذِينَ قَآلُواْ إِنَّ اللّهَ هُوَ الْمَسِيحُ ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ قُلْ فَمَن يَمْلِكُ مِنَ اللّهِ شَيْئًا إِنْ أَرَادَ أَن يُهْلِكَ الْمَسِيحَ ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ وَأُمَّهُ وَمَن فِي الأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا وَلِلّهِ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا يَخْلُقُ مَا يَشَاء وَاللّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ (17)

Through it God guides to the paths of peace those who seek to please Him; and through His grace and blessing[20]leads them from the vastness of darkness to light and guides them to a straight path. (15-16)

There is no doubt that those who declare: "God is Messiah, the son of Mary," have committed disbelief.[21]Ask them: "Who can prevent God, if He so willed, from killing the Messiah, the son of Mary, his mother, and all the people of the earth?"[22][No one can influence his decisions because] God has sovereignty over the heavens and the earth and all the lies between them. He creates whatever He wills, and God has power over all things.[23](17)

وَقَالَتِ الْيَهُودُ وَالنَّصَارَى نَحْنُ أَبْنَاء اللّهِ وَأَحِبَّاؤُهُ قُلْ فَلِمَ يُعَذِّبُكُم بِذُنُوبِكُم بَلْ أَنتُم بَشَرٌ مِّمَّنْ خَلَقَ يَغْفِرُ لِمَن يَشَاء وَيُعَذِّبُ مَن يَشَاء وَلِلّهِ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَمَا بَيْنَهُمَا وَإِلَيْهِ الْمَصِيرُ (18)

These Jews and the Christians say: "We are the sons of God and His loved ones."[24] Tell them: "Why has He been punishing you for your sins?[25] [Certainly not!] in fact, You are mortals created by Him. He will forgive whom He wants [from among you] and punishes [according to His law] whom He wants.[26] [No one can influence His decisions because] the sovereignty of the heavens and the earth and all that lies between them belongs to

يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ قَدْ جَاءكُمْ رَسُولُنَا يُبَيِّنُ لَكُمْ عَلَى فَتْرَةٍ مِّنَ الرُّسُلِ أَن تَقُولُواْ مَا جَاءنَا مِن بَشِيرٍ وَلاَ نَذِيرٍ فَقَدْ جَاءكُم بَشِيرٌ وَنَذِيرٌ وَاللّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ (19)

وَإِذْ قَالَ مُوسَى لِقَوْمِهِ يَا قَوْمِ اذْكُرُواْ نِعْمَةَ اللّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ جَعَلَ فِيكُمْ أَنبِيَاء وَجَعَلَكُم مُّلُوكًا وَآتَاكُم مَّا لَمْ يُؤْتِ أَحَدًا مِّن الْعَالَمِينَ (20) يَا قَوْمِ ادْخُلُوا الأَرْضَ

Him. And [each of you] shall return to Him.[27] (18)

People of the Book! This Messenger of Ours has come to you after an interval which saw no messengers and is explaining [religion to you from all aspects], lest you say: "No one has come to us to deliver glad tidings and warnings." So see that a deliverer of glad tidings and warnings has come to you. [If you do not believe in him you will not be able to save yourself from God's grasp. He will definitely seize you.] And God has power over all things. (19)

[O People of the Book! Fear the consequences of your crimes] and bear in mind the incident when Moses said to his people: "Think, my people, of the favour which God has bestowed upon you: He has raised up prophets among you, made you kings,[28]and gave you that which He has given to no other nation."[29]O People of My Nation! [for this] enter the holy land[30]which God has

المُقَدَّسَةَ الَّتِي كَتَبَ اللّهُ لَكُمْ وَلاَ تَرْتَدُّوا عَلَى أَدْبَارِكُمْ فَتَنقَلِبُوا خَاسِرِينَ (21) قَالُوا يَا مُوسَى إِنَّ فِيهَا قَوْمًا جَبَّارِينَ وَإِنَّا لَن نَّدْخُلَهَا حَتَّىَ يَخْرُجُواْ مِنْهَا فَإِن

ordained for you. And do not turn back; otherwise you lose everything."[31]They replied: "Moses! Very powerful people dwell here; we shall not set foot in it till they go away. Yes, if they go away, we shall definitely enter it."[32]From among their

يَخْرُجُواْ مِنْهَا فَإِنَّا دَاخِلُونَ (22) قَالَ رَجُلاَنِ مِنَ الَّذِينَ يَخَافُونَ أَنْعَمَ اللّهُ عَلَيْهِمَا ادْخُلُواْ عَلَيْهِمُ الْبَابَ فَإِذَا دَخَلْتُمُوهُ فَإِنَّكُمْ غَالِبُونَ وَعَلَى اللّهِ فَتَوَكَّلُواْ إِن كُنتُم

God-fearing men there were two whom God had favoured;[33]they said: "Enter you upon the people [of this city] by forcing yourselves in through the gate. When you enter it, you will be victorious, and trust God if you believe in Him.[34]But they again

مُّؤْمِنِينَ (23) قَالُواْ يَا مُوسَى إِنَّا لَن نَّدْخُلَهَا أَبَدًا مَّا دَامُواْ فِيهَا فَاذْهَبْ أَنتَ وَرَبُّكَ فَقَاتِلا إِنَّا هَاهُنَا قَاعِدُونَ (24)

said: "Moses! As long as they are there, we shall never enter it. So, go, you and yourLord, and fight; weshall stay here."[35](20-24)

قَالَ رَبِّ إِنِّي لا أَمْلِكُ إِلاَّ نَفْسِي وَأَخِي فَافْرُقْ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَ الْقَوْمِ الْفَاسِقِينَ (25) قَالَ فَإِنَّهَا مُحَرَّمَةٌ عَلَيْهِمْ أَرْبَعِينَ سَنَةً يَتِيهُونَ فِي الأَرْضِ فَلاَ تَأْسَ عَلَى الْقَوْمِ الْفَاسِقِينَ (26)

At this Moses prayed: "I have no authority on anyone except on my own self and my brother; so separate us from these insolent people.[36][God] replied: "If this is the case, then this land shall be forbidden to them for forty years; they shall keep wandering about in the land. So [now] do not lament on these insolent."[37] (25-26)

وَاتْلُ عَلَيْهِمْ نَبَأَ ابْنَيْ آدَمَ بِالْحَقِّ إِذْ قَرَّبَا قُرْبَانًا فَتُقُبِّلَ مِن أَحَدِهِمَا وَلَمْ يُتَقَبَّلْ مِنَ الآخَرِ قَالَ لَأَقْتُلَنَّكَ قَالَ إِنَّمَا يَتَقَبَّلُ اللّهُ مِنَ الْمُتَّقِينَ (27) لَئِن بَسَطتَ إِلَيَّ يَدَكَ

[O Prophet! In your enmity, they are now bent upon creating disorder]. Narrate to them in all truth[38]the tale[39]of Adam's two sons when each of them offered an animal for sacrifice; then the offering of one was accepted[40]while that of the other was not. [The he whose offering had not been accepted] said: "I will surely kill you."[41]The other replied: "God accepts the offerings

لِتَقْتُلَنِي مَا أَنَاْ بِبَاسِطٍ يَدِيَ إِلَيْكَ لَأَقْتُلَكَ إِنِّي أَخَافُ اللّهَ رَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ (28) إِنِّي أُرِيدُ أَن تَبُوءَ بِإِثْمِي وَإِثْمِكَ فَتَكُونَ مِنْ أَصْحَابِ النَّارِ وَذَلِكَ جَزَاء الظَّالِمِينَ (29)

of only those of His servants who fear Him.[42]If you raise your hand to kill me, I [will not take the initiative] to raise my hand to kill you. I fear God, Lord of the worlds.[43]I want that [if you have decided to kill me then] you bear the burden of your own sin and that of mine[44]and be among the companions of Hell. This is the

فَطَوَّعَتْ لَهُ نَفْسُهُ قَتْلَ أَخِيهِ فَقَتَلَهُ فَأَصْبَحَ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ (30) فَبَعَثَ اللّهُ غُرَابًا يَبْحَثُ فِي الأَرْضِ لِيُرِيَهُ كَيْفَ يُوَارِي سَوْءةَ أَخِيهِ قَالَ يَا وَيْلَتَا أَعَجَزْتُ أَنْ أَكُونَ مِثْلَ هَـذَا الْغُرَابِ فَأُوَارِيَ سَوْءةَ أَخِي فَأَصْبَحَ مِنَ النَّادِمِينَ (31)

punishment of such unjust people. (27-29)

[Even this did not stop him and] his soul finally prompted him to kill his brother[45]and after killing him he became one of those who have procured loss.[46]Then God sent a raven that would claw the earth to show him how to bury the corpse of his brother.[47] Seeing this, he cried: "Woe be to me! I could not even be like this raven so that I may have just hidden my brother's corpse." So he was very ashamed [on this].[48] (30-31)

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Sūrah Nisā’ (101-152)

Belief in the Hereafter

Sūrah Nisā’ (58-100)

The Consensus of Muslims

Sūrah Nisā’ (36-57)

Islam and the State

Our Call to Humanity

Sūrah Nisā’ (15-34)

The Rule of an Islamic Government

Sūrah Nisā’ (1-14)

Ijtihād

Verdicts of God

The Right to Punish a Wife

The Right to Divorce

Punishment for Blasphemy against the Prophet (sws[1])

Distribution of Inheritance

Abortion

Sūrah Āl-i ‘Imrān (144-200)

Insurance

Hifz al-Furūj (Guarding the Private Parts)

Organ Transplantation

The Fast

Fundamentals of Understanding Islam

Are Muslims a Single Nation?

Subject Matter of the Holy Qur’ān

Etiquette of Sexual Intimacy

Mosques

The Lawful and the Unlawful

Jihād and War in Islam

Head Covering for Women

Forbidding Wrong

The Question of Interest

Implementation of the Sharī‘ah (Divine Law)

Women Travelling with a Mahram

Islam and the Taliban [1]

Our Education System

Sūrah Āl-i ‘Imrān (118-143)

Sighting the Moon

Sūrah Al-i ‘Imrān (100-117)

Sūrah Al-i ‘Imrān (81-99)

Characteristic Values of Muslim Culture

Sūrah Al-i ‘Imrān (64-80)

Sūrah Āl-i ‘Imrān (42-63)

Sūrah Ali-Imran (21-41)

Sūrah Al-i ‘Imran (1-20)

Belief in Divine Books

Oaths and their Atonement

Islamic Customs and Etiquette

The Dietary Shari‘ah

The Penal Shari‘ah

The Shari‘ah of Jihad

The Shari‘ah of Preaching

The Economic Shari‘ah

The Political Shari‘ah

The Social Shari‘ah

The Shari‘ah of Worship Rituals

The Phases and Abodes of the Day of Judgement

The Signs and Events of the Day of Judgement

Belief in the Hereafter

Some Issues pertaining to Prophethood

Some Traits of the Prophets