Monday, September 28, 2015

Belief in the Revelations and the Hereafter

Belief in the Revelations and the Hereafter


Surah ‘Al-‘Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verse – 4 of 286, Section – 1 of 40 (Part - 1)

BisMIllaahir-Rahmaanir-Rahiim
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

And who believe in that which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad) and that which was revealed before thee,
Wallaziina yu’-minuuna bi-maaa ‘unzila ‘ilayka wa maaa ‘unzila min-qablik.

Lesson

       Fourth praise of pious is mentioned in this verse. Namely these people believe in all Heavenly Books and Written Revelations.

As though, two things have been explained in this verse:

1.        Having faith in the teachings and instructions of Holy Book revealed unto Messenger, Muhammad (peace be upon Him) whole heartily.

2.        Believing in it that the Scriptures revealed unto the Prophets, came prior to the last Messenger (peace be upon them), were Just and from GOD.

      Now it is clear also that in Holy Qur’aan, only the Scripture revealed unto last Prophet and the Scriptures revealed unto the Prophets, prior to the last Prophet (peace be upon them), have been described. Neither there is any mention about any prophet after the last Messenger (peace be upon Him) and nor any holy book after the Holy Qur’aan. So, it is understood that no prophet will come after the last Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon Him), otherwise, it would have been mentioned here.
 
      The Prophets came prior to Muhammad (peace be upon them), are many in numbers. Names from some of them have been mentioned in the Holy Qur’aan, remaining Prophets are signified only. Believing in Prophets (peace be upon Them) means that from Adam to the Last Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon Them), as much Prophets came, entire those Prophets (peace be upon Them) were sent by GOD. And they used to teach the people according to their times. From previous heavenly Books, four Scriptures have been mentioned in Holy Qur’aan:
 
1.                Manuals of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon Him)

2.                Torah of Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him)


3.                Psalms of Prophet David (peace be upon Him)

4.                Gospel of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon Him)

 
       Messenger of ALLAH (peace be upon Him) illustrated the series of prophets by a simile of a palace and said, “Every Prophet fitted a brick of His time to build this palace. At last Jesus (peace be upon Him) came and fitted a brick in the palace of prophet-hood. The people came, looked this ‘Building’ and praised but in addition said also that there is a gap of one Brick. Would that, the remaining Brick be fitted on its place. I am that ‘last Brick’, now there is no need and space of any brick for this palace of prophet-hood.”
 
       All those Prophets of GOD (peace be upon Them) produced the Truth always before their nation that: LORD of the worlds is only one ‘ALLAH’. Now Holy Qur’aan commands its believers that they should believe in all of them. Nobody can find anywhere this kind of superior example regarding acceptance of tolerance and the Truth.

And are certain of the Hereafter.   
Wa bil-‘Aakhirati hum yuuqinuun.

Lesson

‘Aakhirati – means “the next life coming after death”. ‘Ad-Daarul- ‘Aakhirah and Yawmul- ‘Aakhirah have been mentioned too in Qur’an.

Yuuqinuun – (they believe). Belief is the Knowledge, which has been manifested by the proof too much that no room for doubts and suspicions has remained.

      This world is of striving. That is to say; this is the life after which the time of practice expires. The world coming after this life is the place of consequences in which every person will be rewarded or punished according to his every act and deed, he did in this world. There is no doubt that we get retaliation in terms of events in this world but sometimes people are not rewarded or punished fully. The individuals with Good deeds are deprived from getting rewards and wrongdoers are saved from punishment. Still the justice demands that any act of any person should not be left without retaliation. So God has fixed a Day on which every living being will get its reward or punishment in full against every act. Hence, believing in a sustainable future of this world for reward and punishment is an important component of a true religion.

       It is obvious also that this world has strong association with the Hereafter. That life will be the result of our deeds, we do in this world. So it is the attribute of sobers that they get satisfaction before starting any work; that the work, they are going to do, is not against the heavenly teachings and guidance of GOD in terms of the future and the result.

     GOD ALMIGHTY has given us full liberty of selection and power of choice for deeds and acts. We have many ways to reach the destination. But we have to choose the path about which GOD has guided us. If the belief regarding the end of this world, rewards or punishments according to good or bad deeds - remains before us every time, then it is sure that we shall remain firm on the path of Truth and temperance. We should mould our lives according to the principles of Holy Qur’aan, so that we may obtain much pleasant results from it and we may succeed in the both worlds. The individual, who has not faith in liability of his acts, calculation of good and bad deeds and their results, he will never correct his acts and deeds.                          
  

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’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)