Guidance for them who ward off and believe in the Unseen
Surah ‘Al-‘Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
Stage – 1, Verses – 2b & 3a of 286, Section – 1 of 40 (Part - 1)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
A guidance unto those who ward off (evil)
Hudan – Guidance, Path of Knowledge, Equipment for moving on the path, strength and power to reach the destination. These all things are included in the meanings of ‘Guidance’. We have learnt explanation of this word in the first Chapter “The Opening” (‘Al-Faatihah).
Muttaqiin – This word is Plural of Muttaqii, which means Temperate, Abstinent and Sober, who fear from GOD in their hearts, who live in abstinence, who do their work with care. One incident of Sayyidina Abi bin Ka’ab (Radi-ALLAAHU-An-hu) is being written here for explanation of the word Taqwaa (Piety).
Once Sayyidina ‘Umar (Radi-ALLAAHU-An-hu) asked from Sayyidina Abi bin Ka’ab (Radi-ALLAAHU-An-hu) about the meanings of Muttaqii (the Temperate). He replied, if you pass through a forest which is full of thorns and shrubs, what will you do? He answered, “I shall fold up my clothes, so that the skirt of my garment may not involve with thorns. Sayyidina Abi bin Ka’ab (Radi-ALLAAHU-An-hu) said, “This is the fear of GOD”.
Now it is known that the Guidance of Holy Qur’aan is better for those people who want to reach their destination keeping themselves safe from the thorns of the forest of this world i.e. sins.
There are two types of mankind. Some have fearless temperament. They become so thoughtless that without thinking anything they plunge into every work. Some are those who think before starting any work with care. Now it is revealed that the people who live a careful life, they reap advantage of Guidance. Color of piety may be seen into these kinds of people easily. Muttaqii (The Abstinent) will reach the top with the teachings of Holy Qur’aan and the following virtues will grow into them.
This Noble Book, “The Holy Qur’aan” has been revealed for guidance of the entire world. And it is addressing all the people of the entire world, but practically only those persons will acquire advantage from this Scripture who seek and need to know the truth. Every work needs some basic elements for starting the work, for example; feet to walk, eyes to look, so; for obtaining Guidance from Holy Qur’aan, fear of GOD is necessary in the hearts. The sun shines in the entire universe. But those people, who have lost their power of vision, for them, lights are useless. If the earth is salty, rain will prove nothing on it. It is important to keep the piety in our hearts that we should settle our accounts ourselves. Once Sayyidina Umar (Radi-ALLAAHU-An-hu), “Prior to it, that anyone else calls your account, you should check the account yourself.
Who believe in the unseen
‘Allaziina yu’-minuuna bil-Gaybi
‘Allaziina - Those people who.
yu’-minuuna - believe, have faith. Belief means ‘to admit the Truth with tongue, have faith in it with heart and devise personal acts and deeds according to it. Who becomes a believer, he comes in peace. It is the Belief, which is reliable in the Divine law of religion.
Gaybi – it means “the World, which is higher than this outward world, the information about which, can only be known through the Prophet (Peace be upon Him). For example:
Nature and virtues of GOD, Angels, Paradise and Hell, the Day of Resurrection, accounts of good manners and the evils (sins), rewards and punishment as per own acts etc. and the Belief in the Unseen may not be perfect without having faith in the Prophet (Peace be upon Him).
As it has been stated above that Holy Qur’aan is Rule of Guidance for those people only, who wish to reap advantage from it being extremely sincere and with sacred intention, who have ability and excitement to live with care and look after at their own. And they have ambition to pass their lives with chastity and cautiously.
In this verse, first attribute of sobers has been described which will come into them with the Guidance of Holy Qur’aan. And that is the thing, which they believe in the Unseen, Body of which is higher than senses outward.
Without belief, the heart remains unsatisfied, restless and unstable, because without its existence - doubt, hesitation, whim and suspicion make room in the hearts. But a believer does not frighten in stress and strain, in the painful calamity and trial. But he gets encourage because he believes that he has biggest support and strong trust. And he gains from it happiness of his brain, satisfaction of the heart and comfort of his soul. This faith in the World of Unseen is essence of the religion and soul of belief. Without this faith, belief cannot be matured.
We have prepared ourselves to get Guidance from Holy Qur’aan and joined the people who have fear of GOD. Now we should produce good manners in ourselves according to the teachings of Holy Qur’aan. We should believe and act on all the facts without hesitation which have been commanded through Holy Qur’aan, which have come to us through the last Messenger (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon Him).
Our Lord! Bestow us power, resources and strength so that we may ward off evil and become Your real slaves.